Melva Ann Bloomquist, 58, of Billings, passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2019, at the UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies, located in Loveland, Colorado. She struggled for many years with health issues resulting from diabetes.
Melva was born March 17, 1960, in Sheridan, Wyoming, the daughter of Therrill Stringham and Bonnie Mae (Pettiford) Averett. She spent her childhood years in Wyoming and Montana, graduating from Hysham High School in 1978. She continued her education at Billings Vocational Technical Center, where she received a Licensed Practical Nursing Degree in 1982.
On July 29, 1997, Melva married Darren DuWayne Bloomquist in Aurora, Colorado. They resided in the same home in Aurora for 18 years, having at least one or more of their furry, four-legged children.
Upon the tragic death of Melva’s husband, she moved to Casper, Wyoming, to be in the care of her sister, Mona Sisk. She later moved to Billings to be closer to more family and medical facilities that could better provide for her needs.
Melva worked as a licensed practical nurse in many care facilities in Montana and Colorado. She had a love for nursing and cared deeply for the residents in her care.
Melva had a love for animals, especially cats. She enjoyed television, music, dancing, swimming, amusement parks, and attending the Colorado Renaissance Festival each year. Her hobbies were cooking, baking and crocheting. One of her favorite activities was going to the movies.
She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Survivors include her sisters, Minta (Victor) Sisk of Billings and Mona Sisk of Casper, Wyoming; a nephew, Michael (Elisa) Sisk of Billings and their children Xena, Savannah, Meaka, Isabella and Olivia; nieces, Casandra Baker and her fiancé, Aaron Hawkins of Casper; Ivy (Jake) Mettler of Las Vegas, and their children Stephanie and Brandon; and several extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Darren Bloomquist; parents, Therrill and Bonnie Averett; a sister, Mary Averett; a nephew, Jeffery Gerttula; and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
Funeral services will be held in Billings at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2929 Belvedere Drive, with interment to follow at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel.