Melma K. Bagwell, 86, Kokomo, passed away at 5:35 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at Waterford Place Health Campus. She was born on April 4, 1929, in Tipton, the daughter of Nole & Catherine (Finnerty) Coy. She married James E. Bagwell and he preceded her in death on November 21, 1987.
Melma was a 1946 graduate of Kokomo High School. She retired in 1984 after 34 years of service with Delco Electronics as a group leader. Melma was a member of UAW Local 292 and Daughters of the Moose Lodge. She supported several local charities such as WE Care and the Veterans. Melma was a talented artist, painter and loved to sew. She loved to travel and had lived in Florida for 20 years with her longtime boyfriend Gene Staton. Melma cherished the time she spent with her dogs, Izzy, Boo Boo, Parie, and Misty.
Melma is survived by her nephew Steven Nevens, Kokomo; niece, Kathleen Staton Goodnight; great nieces, Shannon (Michael) Doster, Jennifer (Richard) Carter, Myrandi (Jeremiah) Plake, and Tiffany Goodnight and family; great nephews, Randy Owens, Michael Goodnite II and family; great great nephews, Brandon Meacham, Adonis (Julia) Doster, Jason Ferenc, Michael Ferenc, Randy Warner, Cameron Owens, Alex Owens, and Michael Zell; great great nieces, Breanna Ferenc, Carlie Owens, Faith Owens, Madison Owens, Destanie Zell, Jasmine Doster; great great great nephews, Jayden Doster, and A’den Warner; great great great niece, Kaitlinne Warner, along with Melma’s dearest friend, Wanda (Laverne) Utterback and her beautician, Michelle Doak.
Melma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James Bagwell, longtime companion, Gene Staton, sister, Eilene Goodnight, nephew, Michael Goodnight, three aunts, her most beloved dog, Izzy, along with many loved family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 11, 2015, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 11:00 am until time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Melma’s memory to the American Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
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