Melba Noreen Denham Shill Goodman, born July 28, 1930, left her mortal life on November 1, 2023. Following years of health issues, which caused her much pain, she is finally free from a life which was becoming increasingly difficult..
Melba was raised in Snowflake, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She married Wilson T. Shill, M.D. in the Mesa, Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on August 4, 1951. Together they had seven children, Joni (Clayton) Howell, Scott (Pamela) Shill, Lori (Anthony) Graves, Steven (Jill) Shill, Chris (Holly) Shill, Tamee Shill and Jonathan (Danielle) Shill.
As a teenager, Melba enjoyed playing the trumpet in a dance band and dancing. Rumor has it that she excelled at both. An accomplished cook and homemaker, Melba took great pride in having an orderly, beautiful home. She made it welcoming to everyone and enjoyed having her family over for meals and Gatherings. Melba was a loving wife and mother and always faithful in her church.
A devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Melba served many years in the Primary, Mutual and Relief Society organizations. She never waivered in her faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and often said that the Church was her life.
Following the death of Wilson, Melba married George Albert Goodman and they enjoyed 31 years together. Albert has helped care for our mother during the hardest years of her life, and, for that, we sincerely thank him.
Melba is survived by her husband, Albert, as well as six of her children, her step-daughter, Marcy Hansen, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilson,, her daughter Tamee, her step-son Lance, her parents and siblings.