Melva Slish, an accomplished seamstress and active church volunteer, died Saturday in Riverwood Health Care after struggling with Alzheimer's disease. She was 80.
Mrs. Slish was a longtime Grand Island resident and a member of the Woman's Council of St. Stephen Catholic Church, where she sang in the folk group and church choir.
She was born Melva Davis in Niagara Falls. She sewed for many years out of her home and was known for making dance costumes for local dance schools.
She enjoyed bowling, cross-country skiing and gardening.
Her husband of 53 years, Frank, died in 2005.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeri Marshall of the Town of Niagara and Terese Nolte of Pampa, Texas; a sister, Geraldine Stark of Fairview, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.