Melva Leona Marquand, 89, Kettering, formerly of West Lafayette and Newcomerstown, passed away early Saturday morning, Nov. 27, 2010, at the Greene Oaks Nursing Center, Xenia.

Melva was born in Guernsey County Jan. 9, 1921, a daughter of the late Edward M. and Rhoda L. Evans Craigo.

Due to sickness at her home as a teenager, Melva was forced to quit school. However, she returned to school and received her GED at the age of 80 in 2001. Melva was a homemaker for all her adult life. She was also employed as a cafeteria worker in the West Elementary School, Newcomerstown, for several years in the 1960s. She was a member of the West Lafayette Church of the Nazarene. She also attended the Waynesville First Baptist Church, Warren County, while living in the Dayton area. Everyone in the Dayton area knew her as "Grandma Melva."

Melva was preceded in death by her husband, Russell E. Marquand, West Lafayette, who passed away May 31, 1995, and whom she married Jan. 9, 1939. Also deceased are two daughters, Pearl Whyde Helto, Waynesville, who died in 2007, and M. Luella Besser, Newcomerstown, who died in 1983; and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt Cole Besser, Coshocton, and Jessica Ann Whyde, Xenia. Melva was also the last member of her generation of the Craigo family, as she was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond E. Craigo, New Concord, Clancy E. Craigo, West Lafayette, and Russell E. Craigo, Newcomerstown; two sisters, Grace V. Atkinson, West Lafayette; and infant, Alpha L. Craigo, Guernsey County.

Melva is survived by her daughter, Edith K. Marquand, Kettering; three grandchildren, the Rev. G. Russell (Kelly) Whyde, Xenia, Tami (Randy) Stout, Jamestown, and James (Rebecca) Besser II, Coshocton; and six great grandchildren, Joe (Lindsey) Whyde, Justin Whyde, Katie, Tyler and Emily Stout, and Cordell Besser.

Funeral services to celebrate Melva's life were Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Melva's grandson, the Rev. G. Russell Whyde, conducted the services. Burial followed in Fairfield Cemetery, West Lafayette.

The family is requesting that memorials in Melva and Russell's name be made to the Olde Main Street Museum, P.O. Box 443, Newcomerstown, OH 43832.