She was born October 5, 1919 to William and Pearl [Seichepine] Bateman in Spokane, WA.
Thelma graduated from Rogers High School in 1937 where she was the Salutatorian.
She was the Queen of the first “Spokane Stampede” Rodeo in 1939.
She married Fran Mellick in 1941 in Spokane.
She worked for Tull & Gibbs department store early on and part time at James J. Williams Trucking Company where Fran worked.
She worked as a volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop for over 35 years.
She and Fran enjoyed playing tennis and square-dancing, and were both avid travelers, having crisscrossed the United States numerous times.
Thelma was known as the pink lady as she always was wearing pink and she was a fantastic pie maker.
Thelma is survived by sons: Jerry Mellick, Will (Angel) Mellick, John (Kori) Mellick; daughters: Susan (Randy) Jewett, Patty (Jim) Ewing; all from Spokane, WA; thirteen grandchildren: Scott Mellick, Chad Mellick, Joeli Mellick, Kailyn Mellick, Holli Mellick, Chris Mellick, Thomas Hale, Justin Hale, Loren Mellick, Sherrie Orvik Stradley, Steven Orvik, Eric Ewing, Angela Ewing Hubbard and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Fran Mellick, her sister Wilma Moffatt and her parents Will and Pearl Bateman.
A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at Heritage Chapel, interment is to follow at Riverside Memorial Park.
Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 am.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Gift Shop - PO Box 2555, Spokane, WA 99220.
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