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July 15, 2019

6/20/2019 12:49:00 PM
Memorial service for Melba Lash June 22 at Calvary Baptist in Rochester

The memorial service for Melba T. Lash, 88, of Stewartville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church in Rochester, with Rev. Dwight LaPine officiating.
Melba died on June 18, 2019 of natural causes at her home.
Melba Tompkins was born on July 19, 1930 in Danvers, Ill. to Edward and Thelma (Walk) Tompkins. She grew up in Milton, Ill., attended school there, graduating from Milton High School in 1948. She then attended Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta, Canada for two years.
Melba was married in December of 1953 to Richard G. Lash. Pastor Lash and Melba and their girls moved in 1956 to Korea where they served as missionaries in four different cities including Seoul. They returned to the U.S. in 1971, moving to Pleasant Grove, where Pastor Lash began his ministry at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. They were later divorced. Melba and her son Kevin moved to Stewartville.
Melba was married on Oct. 19, 2004 in Red Wing to William "Bill" Bardwell. Following their marriage the couple have continued to make their home in Stewartville. Melba and Bill and were currently attending services at Calvary Baptist Church. Melba lived a faith-based life and kept her Bible near. She was an avid reader and prodigious gardener, enjoyed music and played the piano and violin. She loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.
Melba is survived by her husband, William Bardwell of Stewartville and one son and two daughters, Dorothy Morris of Rochester, Dawn Lash of Hopkins and Kevin (Angela) Lash and their children, Anna and Joseph of Rochester and other Tompkins family in Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. Burial will take place at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Melba are welcome at www.griffin-gray

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