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Melanie M. Larkin

Melanie Margaret Martin Larkin of Moberly died Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her home, surrounded by family, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Marquette, Michigan, the ninth child of 11 born to Wilfrid and Marie (Cabocel) Martin. She admitted to being over 60 years old. Melanie graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in Marquette with exceptional skills in shorthand and typing, and worked for many years as a secretary. In Marquette she worked for the Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway. In Moberly she worked for the Moberly Vocational School, Moberly Area Junior College, and St. Pius X Church. Melanie met Jack Larkin in Marquette, and they married November 12, 1949. They moved to Merrill, WI, then Moberly. They had five loving and devoted daughters - Tamsen, Colleen, Melanie, Merrill, and Robin - in 11 years. Jack was a newsman on KWIX and KRES in Moberly, and Melanie participated in a morning show with him called Four Queens and a Jack. Melanie was a member of St. Pius X Church in Moberly. There she taught CCD, participated in the prison ministry with her husband, a deacon, played the organ and sang in the choir, coordinated the St. Vincent DePaul food baskets program, served on the school board, and was active in the Home and School Association at St. Pius X School. In 1993 Melanie read the obituary of a US Senator who wrote a letter each week to his grandchildren, and began the tradition herself that year. Over the next 20 years she wrote 938 of the letters to her 11 very proud grandchildren who called her Grandmama. She told stories of her childhood, their mothers’ lives growing up, news of Moberly, and her thoughts and lessons that all appreciated. Each grandchild eagerly awaited the mail when Grandmama Letters were set to arrive each week. Melanie was preceded in death by her father Wilfrid, her mother Marie (who lived to 102) and eight beloved brothers and sisters - Gus, Jack, George, Ange, Francis, Mary, Everesta, and Dick - and her husband, John Day Larkin, III. She is proudly survived by her siblings Vickie and Philip, those five blessed daughters, their husbands (The Larkin Boys), 11 grandchildren plus two granddaughters-in-law, and countless wonderful nieces and nephews. Her daughters and their families are: Tamsen and Tom Kiehnhoff of Houston, TX, and John and Daniel; Colleen Larkin and George Coates of Berkeley, CA, and Grace; Melanie and Tom Holtzclaw of Moberly, MO, and Emily, Nathan and Jordan, Brennan and Christa, and Caitlin; Merrill and Dave Koenig of O’Fallon, MO, and Tyler and Phillip; Robin and Alex Labrunerie of Columbia, MO, and August and Lark. A visitation will be held in her honor Friday, April 10, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the St. Pius X Church. An additional visitation will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 9:30a.m. until10:30 a.m. at Million Taylor Funeral Homes. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 at St. Pius X on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Her family hopes all who loved her will attend. Donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Basket Program, the St. Pius School Foundation, or the Alzheimer’s Association. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Melanie M. Larkin please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Ruth M Ormsby purchased the Gracious Lavender Basket for the family of Melanie M. Larkin.

Ruth M Ormsby Apr 10 2015 12:00 AM

Melanie and Jack and Don and I spent many memorable times together. I have special memories of our week in London with Fr. Long and another week in New York City and also a week in Stratford, Canada attending a Shakespeare festival. Melanie made every trip exciting and memorable. We enjoyed many week ends together during Don's and Jack's deacon formation years. The first thing on the agenda was always beer and ice and late night discussions. Heaven has gained some pretty remarkable people.

Judy Orscheln Apr 10 2015 12:00 AM

My mother always said that Auntie Melanie was her favorite Aunt and it is not hard to see why after reading all these lovely tributes to this amazing lady. I personally remember her vibrant wit, grace and infectious smile that was present at family reunions as a young girl. She was a beautiful lady and heaven just got a little brighter with her there. I hope she is playing the organ alongside my Grandpa Gus or stealing poker chips from Uncle Dick or just enjoying the company of her other siblings that have gone before her. With much love and Sympathy Sheryl (Hooper), John, Jack, Truett and Lander Maloney.

Sheryl Maloney Apr 9 2015 12:00 AM

Michelle H. purchased the Ocean Breeze Spray for the family of Melanie M. Larkin.

Michelle H. Apr 9 2015 12:00 AM

when I was younger, my family and I lived right across the street from Melanie. Melanie was more than just a neighbor. She was the lady with Popsicles and a pool! She was the woman whose fingers floated on the keys of a piano and beautiful music filled the air. Yesterday I took my own son outside after it had rained. In front of our house there is a stream the runs across our yard after a big rain. He played in the water and watched the leaves race down it. Right then, I thought of Melanie and how she use to make sailboats for my sisters and I to race down the street when she emptied her pool for the year. Her smile, many acts of kindness and the wonderful memories she left for my family and I will never be forgotten. I pray for her and her family. Know that this wonderful woman is a beautiful angel in her new home. I only wish I could say goodbye to Melanie and let her know one last time how important she was to me and my childhood.

Jessica Sutlief Apr 9 2015 12:00 AM

In 1976 we moved to St. Louis from Williamsburg, Va. Our good friends there kindly put us in touch with his Aunt Melanie and family who were so kind to us the first years we were in MO and knew nobody. We have warm and loving memories of several Thanksgivings spent with Melanie, Jack and the girls. We send you all our love and are so proud to have known your family. Letty and Jim Cash

Letitia Cash Apr 8 2015 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Both your folks were wonderful people. You are all blessed with a wonderful family. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Jennifer (Gale) Lancaster

Jennifer Lancaster Apr 8 2015 12:00 AM

I've been blessed to have several Moms in my life. Of course my birth Mom comes first. I also had an aunt who was like a second Mom growing up. And then when I moved from Ireland to the U.S. in 1980 as a very naive 23 year old I met two more Moms; one of them was Melanie Larkin. For the first three years while I lived in Moberly and then in St. Louis, Melanie and her husband Jack and family were a rock for me. Their home was a place I could go to whenever I wanted. I did that often while I lived for just a few months in Moberly. Later when I moved to St. Louis I would drive down whenever I could to soak in the warmth of the Larkin family. Although I didn’t get to see Melanie very much over the last 20 years her amazing spirit has and will always remain with me. Some people do that to you! My deepest condolences go to all the Larkin girls and especially to Melanie, Merrill and Robin whom I got to spend time with at the Larkin home in Moberly, MO. - Martin Gould

Martin Gould Apr 8 2015 12:00 AM

Sally Daly Tucker and Mike Tucker purchased the Lavender Love Bouquet for the family of Melanie M. Larkin.

Sally Daly Tucker and Mike Tucker Apr 8 2015 12:00 AM

I'll never forget hearing the tales of trips to/from Uncle Dick from Melanie Larkin Holtzclaw. We were still in St. Pius X School at the time. Always very amusing to say the least! Sally Daly Tucker

Sally Tucker Apr 8 2015 12:00 AM