She was born November 3, 1925 in Elm Creek, NE to Claude and Fern (Fellows) McMurtry. She was the second of 4 children. Mellie married Halley McKinney in Scottsbluff, NE.
She is survived by her four children, Connie (Bill) Watson of Alliance, Kay (Mike) Heimbuck of Foxfield, CO, Judy Duncan and Susie (Dave) Nielsen of Alliance, her grandchildren, Jimmy Watson, Chris (Alan) Noland, Ty Watson, Kelly (Zac) Brgoch, Cassie (Jeremy) Palmer, Jen (John) Frihauf, Janna Duncan, Clay (Melissa) Nielsen and Jo Duncan and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Gary (Judy) McMurtry of Scottsbluff, her sister, Ruth Hauschild of Ravenna and her sister-in-law, Bessie McMurtry of Scottsbluff.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Gene Nerland officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, 1118 Flack Avenue, Alliance, NE 69301 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com