Geraldine Rae Melton

Geraldine Rae Melton “Geri,” of Monmouth, passed away Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at the age of 93.

Geri was born in Wallowa on Aug. 8, 1924, to Harry and Pearl (McGinnis) Coleman. Geri attended school in Wallowa and graduated in 1942 from Wallowa High School. During the fall and winter of 1942-1943, Geri briefly attended Willamette University in Salem.

In 1943, Geri moved to Toledo, where she worked for C.D. Johnson Lumber Company, later in 1959 Georgia Pacific, and then after Cheryl was born, the Georgia Pacific Credit Union.

Early in 1946, Geri met Richard Louis Melton “Dick,” and later that year they were married on Nov. 10, 1946, in Portland. They lived in Toledo, where they raised their three children: David, Louise, and Cheryl. After retiring, Dick and Geri moved to Monmouth to be closer to their family, especially their grandchildren.

Besides spending time with her family, Geri loved a variety of outdoor activities, including time spent in her beloved Wallowa County. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, and a variety of craft projects. She was a member of the Toledo United Methodist Church and Christ’s Church in Monmouth. Geri was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include a son David (Carol) Melton, of Monmouth; daughters Louise (Jim) Breen, of Eugene, and Cheryl (Jon) Debban, of Salem. Geri was proud of her children, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson. Geri was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dick; her parents Harry and Pearl Coleman; her brother Jack Coleman; and a grandson Thomas Melton.

Viewing will be Thursday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Farnstrom Mortuary, 410 Monmouth St., Independence, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God, 4395 Independence Highway, Independence.

Farnstrom Mortuary is handling arrangements. Please share your messages and condolences at

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