Melba S. Sunel passed away peacefully Tuesday August 14, 2012 at the age of 74. She was born on February 19, 1938 in Leesville, LA to Rethel Johnson. She married John Sunel in 1962 and has one daughter Kris Baldridge. Melba adored her three grandchildren and focused her life on them. Additionally, she took great pleasure in her 20 years of Monday breakfasts with friends from the Whatcom County Democrats. She graduated from Mount Baker High School and attended Whatcom Community College. Melba served on the Governor’s violent crime task force and was a long time Bellingham Library board member.
For many years she worked with her husband and in-laws, Aaron and Mildred, at the family business the Girard Street Market. She retired and sold the business in 1990.
Melba was preceded in death by her husband John and her brother Randy Johnson.
She is survived by her daughter Kris and husband Tom; and grandchildren Alex, Eric, and Ariel of Bellingham. She is also survived by her two brothers Melvin and Nathan Applington and sister Marsha (Ben) Balcom; and numerous nieces & nephews. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at Northlake Community Church, 11:00 a.m. on August 30, 2012. Memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Bellingham Public Library. Please view the memorial and sign the online guest book to share your thoughts and memories of Melba.
Farewell Tribute Information
Northlake Community Church
471 McLeod Road Bellingham
August 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Donations Information
Memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Bellingham Public Library.