BLOOD, Melva Lenore

November 18, 1937 – February 10, 2020

It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of Melva Lenore Blood (Porter), announce her peaceful passing on February 10, 2020.  Melva is survived by her three children Heather (Glenn), Brenda (grandchildren – Chelsea and Gavin), and Ross.  She was predeceased by her sister Brenda-Jean, husband Wayne, parents Henry and Myrtle Porter, as well as her mother and father-in law, Sam and Mae Blood.

Melva was born in Medicine Hat in 1937 and moved to Turner Valley in her teen years where she met her future husband Wayne. Shortly after their marriage they entered into a partnership with Wayne’s parents and opened a Service Station / Coffee shop at the top of Scott Lake Hill.

The family moved to Cochrane in 1967 where Melva quickly began several long term commitments to organizations within the community.  These included the Girl Guides of Canada, All Saints Anglican Church and volunteering for numerous Non-Profit organizations.

Melva spent many years working in various branches of the Royal Bank and, until retirement, working as a Matron at the Cochrane RCMP detachment.  Over the years Melva was honoured with numerous prestigious awards as well as recognition for her dedication to volunteerism, including Cochrane Citizen of the Year and the Integrity Award from the Cochrane Rotary Club.

Melva will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by her loving family and many special lifelong friends.  Services will be postponed until March 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the All Saints Anglican Church (404 – 4th Ave. N., Cochrane) to be followed by a celebration of her life at the Frank Wills Memorial Hall (405 – 1 St. E., Cochrane).

The family is eternally thankful for the compassionate and loving care she received by the staff at St. Marguerite Manor and Transparent Concierge.

Flowers respectfully declined however donations in her memory may be made to the Girl Guides of Canada – Calgary Area for the Camp Jubilee Playground project. Please mail donations to Girl Guides of Canada (11055 – 107 St. NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 2Z6) and send with a note that it is ‘In Memory of Melva Blood for the Camp Jubilee Playground’.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

  1. On 11/02/2020 at 5:47 pm Dave and Patricia Buckler Said:

    On behalf of the Buckler family sincere condolences to the Blood families she was a big part of the year’s in Cochrane may your memories help you in the coming years . Dave and Patricia Buckler and familes

  2. On 12/02/2020 at 9:51 am Marion Beck Said:

    You will be missed Melva.

  3. On 12/02/2020 at 8:39 pm Rick and Stacy Connon Said:

    She was a wonderful lady so sorry to hear of her passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences,.

  4. On 13/02/2020 at 11:14 am Annemarie Mickelson Said:

    Dear family of Melva,

    I was very saddened to learn of your loss. I have only known Melva for a short time but she was one of my favourite residents to visit. She was such a sweet and loving person, always telling everyone that she loved them and I truly believe that she did. We thoroughly enjoyed our “piano time” together over the past year and a half or so. We shared separate memories of our years with the Girl Guides and probably had a few friends in common as well. She always had a beautiful warm smile and a hug for me. I will truly miss her. I’m sure she’s up in heaven singing away. Even when many words eventually escaped her to most songs, she was still able to sing out the chorus to The Happy Wanderer. I will always think of her when we play it. I am deeply sorry for your immense loss; she was a real treasure. With love and my deepest condolences, one of her many “Millies”, Annemarie.

  5. On 13/02/2020 at 7:05 pm Roxanne Said:

    Dear Ross and family,
    We are very sad to hear of the loss of your beautiful mother. May you hold all the wonderful memories of her forever in your hearts.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Roxanne and Greg Hahn

  6. On 16/02/2020 at 1:01 pm Ruth Leman Said:

    Growing up in Cochrane your Mom touched not only life , but the lives of so many young girls as our Girl Guide leader. Thank you Melva and may you rest in peace.

    With deepest condolences,

    Ruth Leman

  7. On 18/02/2020 at 9:09 am Terry and Holly Dick Said:

    Melva was a wonderful person. We were so lucky to have got to know her over the years. She was an integral part of our Bowling league. She always had a smile for you and always had time to visit. She will be missed. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  8. On 18/02/2020 at 12:30 pm john piera Said:

    Heather and Glenn,

    Our condolences on the passing of your mom/mother-in-law. We admire how much she gave back to the community through her volunteer roles.

    John and Iris

  9. On 22/02/2020 at 10:23 am Darilyn & Todd Stone Said:

    Dear Ross & family i was saddened to read that your beautiful mother passed away she will away be with you in your mind and in your hearts forever. RIP Melva!!

  10. On 29/02/2020 at 10:37 am Gloria Johnson Said:

    Dear Heather, Brenda and family and Ross sending my sincerest condolences on the passing of Melva.

  11. On 08/03/2020 at 12:29 pm JohnWaddell Said:

    I had the privilege of working with Melva at the local RCMP detachment as well as a Rotary casino volunteer. A wonderful giving lady who who will be sadly missed by our entire Cochrane community. RIP Melva.

  12. On 24/03/2020 at 10:18 am Wendy Feil Said:

    Dear Heather, Brenda, Ross and family. I have known your Mom and Dad for many years. Your Dad was our MC for our wedding. Your mom and I would talk about Guiding as both my parents were involved in either guides or scouts. Wayne and I were also involved in the cubs and guides. My parents names were Marg and Mel Dixon, Melva was more friends with my aunt Vera (Veede) Dixon all in Medicine Hat. When her Christmas card came back in 2018 I thought maybe your mom had moved. We are so sorry that she passed, but just think of all the wonderful things she did to help young girls in your community. I feel very proud to have known her.

    Wayne and Wendy Feil (nee Dixon)

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