Melva Rose Sweetwood, 91, of Edgerton, KS passed away Dec. 4, 2018 at Olathe Medical Center. Visitation 10:00 am Tue., Dec. 11, 2018 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Graveside and burial follows the visitation at 11:30 am at Gardner Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Melva was born June 30, 1927 in Kansas City, MO to James R. and Ida Sophia (Seifert) Sands. She grew up in Fontana, KS, moved to Paola, KS and then Edgerton. Melva graduated from Edgerton High School in 1945 and then attended the Radio-TV Institute. She married Ernest “Bud” Sweetwood on Oct. 25, 1946 in Olathe, KS. After marriage they lived in Gardner for 27 years and then moved back to Edgerton in 1973. Melva worked for Cramer Chemical Co. for four years and then for the Schlozman Ford Dealership as a secretary; retiring in 1973. She was a member of the Gardner Presbyterian Church for over 70 years, belonged to the Gardner American Legion Auxiliary and was an avid Chiefs fan. Melva will be dearly missed by family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cheryl DiAnn Sweetwood in 2003; husband, “Bud,” in 2012 and brother, Merle Sands. Melva is survived by her daughter, Barbara Sweetwood, Wellsville, KS; brothers: Ron Sands, Ottawa, KS, Robert Sands, Costa Mesa, CA and sister, Barbara Curry, Corvallis, OR; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.