Nikiski resident Melba D. (Robinson) Sandidge died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, en route to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.
Memorial services will be held 7 p.m. today at North Kenai Baptist Church in Nikiski. Pastor Denver Copeland will officiate. Additional services will be held at the Old Catahoula Church in Enterprise, La. She will be buried in the Old Catahoula Cemetery located at the church.
Mrs. Sandidge was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Big Spring, Texas, to Marvin and Vera (Self) Robinson. She was educated in Cahoma, Texas, and graduated from high school there. She then obtained her licensed practical nurse's degree in Big Spring. In April 1955, she married Jerry Sandidge in Big Spring. She was a nurse in Big Spring before moving to Alaska in 1984. After moving to Nikiski, she was an Avon representative and a homemaker.
Mrs. Sandidge was a member of the North Kenai Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, making many trips down the Alaska Highway in the family's motor home. She also enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles.
The family wrote, "She was a homemaker, raising three boys and one girl. She was always there for the kids. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her."
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Rayford and Doyle Robinson.
Mrs. Sandidge is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jerry Sandidge, of Nikiski; sons Jerry L. and Earnie Sandidge, both of Wasilla, and Van Sandidge, of Holem, La.; daughter, Diane Baker, of Nikiski; grandchildren Brian, Dale, Michael, Earnie Lee, Allan Michael, Seth, Jamie, Nathan, Will, Stephanie, Casey, Dustin, Heather and Sloan; and sister, Goldie Fair, of Garner, N.C.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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