Sarah Jane Walker Melling (1864)

Iron County Record, December 11, 1929

Respected Cedar Lady Dies

The people of Cedar were shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Mrs. Sarah Melling, who died at the hospital early Monday morning. She was taken ill on Wednesday, December 4, with an attack of pneumonia and was taken to the hospital where she received every possible medical attention, but due to a diabetic condition, she was unable to resist the inroads of the disease.

However, her death was not entirely due to pneumonia, as the congestion of her lungs was not so bad as to cause death. She has been a sufferer from diabetes for several years and had lived beyond the record of the particular type of diabetes with which she was attacked.

Mrs. Melling was of a pioneer family and during her life worked and endured all the hardships entailed in the early settlement of this city. She was the mother of six children all of whom survive her and mourn the passing of one who always set a splendid example of honesty and integrity.

Funeral services will be held in the Tabernacle Friday afternoon commencing at 2 o'clock.

Iron County Record, December 14, 1929


Sarah Jane Walker Melling was born in Cedar City, November 27, 1864, and was the daughter of Joseph Walker and Emily H. Smith. She was married to Joseph Melling April 30, 1888. During her life she was quite active in religious matters, and for 11 years was a member of the decoration and sewing committees of the Relief Society, that prepared clothes for the dead. She has served in the Service Star Legion for a number of years, and was also interested in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization, and was also identified for a long time as a teacher in the Relief Society.

submitted by Kathie Marynik