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OBITUARY: Melinda Harruko Pressley

Melinda Harruko Pressley

January 5, 1936 ~ February 22, 2021

Melinda Harruko Pressley, 85, passed away at her home on Feb. 22. She was born Jan. 5, 1936, to Harry and Rose Tano in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was the youngest and only girl to three older brothers: Harry, Sam, and Benny. She was raised on her family farm where they grew onions and tomatoes. In 1948, after the death of her oldest brother Harry, Melinda and her family would leave Colorado and move to Ontario, Oregon.

Melinda graduated from Ontario High School in 1954. Prior to graduation, she met Jack Pressley at a JACL graduation dance. That must have been some dance, they married later that year on Dec. 19, 1954. Melinda and Jack made their life in Vale farming. They welcomed two sons, Ron . . .