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Melea Phaltiel Willis

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 24th, 2013


Melea Phaltiel Willis


Melea Phaltiel Willis of Newport, Oregon, passed away April 20, 2013 at Graceland Memory Care in Newport, OR. She was 83 years old.

Melea was born in North Beaver Creek, Oregon on March 4, 1930 to Paul Nathan Young and Mamie Gladis Wolkau.

Melea married William Franklin Alexander in 1949 and together they had seven children: Marcus A. Alexander, Ida Elaine Alexander, Wayne Henery Alexander, Lz Franklin Alexander, Orvel Lee Alexander, Mamie Lynn Alexander and Victor Paul Alexander. Melea remarried after the passing of her first husband, to Walter Ward Willis in July 1968. With her marriage to Walter, she became the mother of three stepchildren: Stanley Walter Willis, David Leroy Willis and Beverly Arline Willis-Moore.

Melea worked various jobs in her lifetime. She worked in her husband’s stores as well as the Ore-Ida potato factory.

Melea was a spicy woman who chose to be a homemaker and an impeccable one at that. She loved her family, traveling, working in her garden, knitting and crocheting. Cooking was a specialty of hers. She was well known for her famous cookies and pies. Everyone who came to visit would go home with a smile and with a bag of berries or crocheted items.

Melea is survived by her brother, Nathan Young; sister-in-laws: Yvonne Young and Donna Young; children: Wayne H. Alexander, Lz F. Alexander, Orvel L. Alexander, Mamie L. Lang, Victor P. Alexander; step-children: Stanley W. Willis, David L. Willis, Beverely A. Willis-Moore; grandchildren: Anthony Willis, April Willis, Annett Enoch, Andrew Willis, Tracy Moore, Keith Moore, Isaiah Wendell, Justin Wendell, Melea Smith, Jessica Alexander, Tyler Alexander, Damian Alexander, Milo Smith Jr., Mamie Christiansen, Melissa Campbell, Billy Campbell, Melea Alexander as well as 21 great-grandchildren and another one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Paul N. Young and Mamie Gladis Young; husbands: William F. Alexander and Walter W. Willis; brother, Seth Young; children: son, Marcus A. Alexander, daughter, Ida E. Alexander and grandchild, Angela Hatfield.

The family will celebrate Melea’s life at a private memorial in the summer 2013.

“Mom’s love for her family was stronger than any power house with a spirit for daily living to match…we will miss her here on Earth, but let us never forget all that love or her spirit.”



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