Melanie Rose Garvin, 66, passed away January 10, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born November 21, 1954 in Springfield, Ohio to Bill and Virginia Garvin. She graduated with her undergrad from the University of Akron and her Master’s in Special Education from Capital University. She went on to teach students with special needs who are hearing impaired and she did this until retirement in 2016.

She enjoyed being in the kitchen cooking, canning, and baking (especially pies), and most recently started quilting. Nothing made her happier than watching her favorite Irish bands perform live and learning about her Irish heritage. Also, you could hear her for miles on game day if her beloved Cleveland Browns were playing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Joyce “Jodi” (Carl) Owens and Barbara “Bobi” (Phil) Naukam. Melanie is survived by her husband, Rick Wellman; daughters, Erica Verderico; Gina (Dustin); Dana Woodhurst (Andrew); brothers, Keith Garvin (Lisa); Robert Hall (Tonya); and grandchildren, Triton and Lily.

Services will be held at Shrine of Remembrance at 1730 E. Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910. Calling hours will be Friday, January 15th from 5pm-7pm MT. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 16th at 9:30am MT. A Facebook Live Event to watch the funeral service will be available from her Facebook page.

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  1. So very sorry for this loss. Melanie was a special woman and cared for very much by Rick’s family. She was a good wife to my brother and we truly appreciate that. She will be remembered with love. Sending healing prayers for family and friends.

  2. To Rick and Melanie’s family we are sorry for your loss. Melanie will be missed at all of our family events that she enjoyed so well..

  3. A mother is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory.

  4. Prayers and condolences. Melanie was my neighbor in Columbus, Ohio for a time and she was my friend. Her spirit and passion in all things she set her mind and heart into will be missed.

  5. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Melanie and I grew up in the same neighborhood. She was a great friend. I’m shocked and saddened but I certainly know she is with her Savior, Jesus.

  6. My deepest condolences on your loss. She was a great wife and a good friend. We will miss her so much.

  7. We are so sorry for the loss of Melanie! We enjoyed getting to know her in our small group at Maranatha . Prayers for comfort and peace for Rick and your entire family!

  8. My heart is breaking… she was such a beautiful soul… I so looked forward to her bible verses everyday…. she always made me smile.. I am saddened to read this tonight … fly with the angels Mel… rest easy with our Lord and Savior. God Bless the family of this beautiful woman♥️🙏🏼♥️

  9. Blessings and deep condolences to the family. Mel make sure you say Hi to my ‘Beloved Bobi’. Rick, I know your pain. Call me when you’re ready.

  10. Rick and family, so sorry for your loss. Melanie was a bright light in this world she will be missed. The days ahead will be hard but praying for Gods comfort, peace and strength to help get you through the days and months to come.

  11. Rest well, cousin. We will never get to visit our ancestral home in Ireland as we planned. I know you’re having a great family reunion. We will meet again.

  12. Dear cousin, Melanie, rest in peace, you are with your mom, dad and sisters and the Lord.

  13. I just now learned of Melanie’s passing! I am so sorry for your loss. I met Melanie when our family moved to Imperial Blvd in 1969. There were just a few houses built at the time, but somehow we met and became friends. In recent years, we caught up again, and I hadn’t seen her on FB for a bit so I searched her timeline. My prayers are with her friends and family. She fought the fight, and kept God in her life. I know she’s in heaven now with her loved ones.

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