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Melanie Ann Heath
September 6, 1941 ~ November 18, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Melanie Ann Heath, of Wickenburg. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Melanie passed away peacefully on Nov. 18, 2023, at the age of 82.
Melanie was born in Worcester, Mass. on Sept. 6, 1941. She was the daughter of Eric and Emily (Simmler) Widing. Growing up, Melanie was an Ambassador Girl Scout, and attended the National Girl Scouts Round-Up, held in Colorado Springs in 1959. She was a Rainbow Girl Worthy Advisor for Holden, Mass., and had the privilege of wearing the Grand Cross of Color, which is the highest honor of Rainbow. She went on to be an adult advisor of the Rainbow Girls and held several offices in the Eastern Star Wachusett Chapter in Holden.
Melanie graduated from Hahnemann Hospital Nursing School in Worcester, Mass., and was a registered nurse at Holden Hospital in Holden for 25 years, and several other medical institutions in Wickenburg for another 25 years.
Melanie was known for her kindness, compassion and unwavering love for her family and friends. She had a passion for gardening and crafting and spent many happy hours building puzzles and playing games and cards.
Melanie is survived by her children, Carlene, Craig, and Clayton; her sister, Karen, wife of Gerald Hyson; a niece; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all the friends who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband, Marshall W. Heath; and her nephew, Hans AJ Hyson.
A memorial service date will take place in Wickenburg in January 2024. Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Melanie Heath’s memory.