Melba Mary Torvanger (nee Allaire) passed away peacefully on Aug. 22, 2203 at her home in Sardis. Predeceased by her husband and six brothers and sisters, she will be lovingly remembered by her brother Rolland (Noelle) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Melba was born on Oct. 3, 1910 in Saskatoon, SK, shortly before the Allaire family relocated to Vancouver. In 1932 she received her nursing degree from St. Paul’s Hospital. Nursing positions were scarce during the depression, so after a short sting in the Bralorne area, Melba emigrated to Wrangell, Alaska, eventually obtaining the position of charge nurse there. She later settled in Steward, Alaska where she met and married Alfred Torvanger.

Following her husband’s passing in 1960, she moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington. In 1986, she returned to Canada to be closer to her family. Melba’s great strength of character, her fierce independence and her sense of humour saw her through any adversities in her life. Special thanks to Dr. Scott, Sandra Haley, Joan Lundgren, Lavona Ruttiman, and Carolyn Meeres for their excellent care. A family service will be held on Sept. 15, 2003. Friends wishing to be do so may donated to a charity of their choice.

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