Melva Arlene Pickrell, age 92, of Poulsbo, Washington, passed away peacefully on Jan. 1, 2023. Melva was born on Sept. 24, 1930 to Ivar and Leah Moen in Queen Anne, Seattle.
On June 14, 1964, she married Amos James (Jim) Pickrell and they began their life together in a small home in Indianola, Wash. with their newly blended family.
Melva enjoyed a long and successful career at Harrison Memorial Hospital in the communications department, eventually becoming manager and retiring in 1985. Upon Jim and Mel’s retirement they moved to Cape George in Port Townsend and spent many years hosting and attending dinner parties with friends and family. Melva was a competitive Bridge player and loved to dance, sing and act. She never missed an opportunity to perform, often participating in holiday skits. One didn’t have to ask twice to hear her sing her favorite tunes.
Melva is survived by her loving husband Jim Pickrell; their children Brian DeBard (Marcia), Diane Brown (Bill), Mitchell DeBard (Brittane), Shelley McKeldin, Eva Pinto (Carmen); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will have a private Celebration of Life.