Melba Fay Shelley Hill

December 6, 1941 ~ July 20, 2020

Melba Fay Shelley Hill was born December 6, 1941, in Mountainville, Utah, to John and Fannie Shelley. Melba was blessed to be raised on the farm with eight brothers. After she graduated from North Sanpete High School, she went to work in Salt Lake City, where she met Donald E Hill. They were married in the Manti Temple on April 13, 1961. They had three children: Shelley, David, & Valerie and also welcomed Leonard Stewart into their family for several years. The family moved from Midvale, Utah, back to Mt. Pleasant, Utah, in 1972, where Melba wanted to raise her children closer to family and out of the big city.

Melba was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings, including as Relief Society teacher, Young Women president, and family history consultant, but her favorite callings were with the children as Primary chorister, Primary teacher, or Cub Scout leader. Melba loved children, and she had a talent for creating fun activities and memories for her own children and grandchildren, as well as for many young relatives and friends. Like the Pied Piper, she could often be found leading a group of children for a walk in the creek, hunting for buttercup flowers, creating giant bubbles, hiding in the “thicket” under the dining table, or searching for treasures with her metal detector.

Melba loved being outside in nature. She had a sharp eye for birdwatching, hunting for arrow heads, star gazing, and collecting sea shells in Northern California. She loved long lunch breaks walking in the hills with Don. She also enjoyed years of early-morning walks with her friends. She expressed her appreciation for the beauty of the world through her artwork, using oils, watercolors, and charcoal.

While she was raising her kids, Melba had several jobs to help provide for her family. She worked as a lunch lady, custodian, and babysitter to the Hobby kids, who grew to call her Mommy Hill. Melba became a case manager for Central Utah Counseling Center in Ephraim, where she was known for her kind heart and listening ear.

After she retired in 2006, Melba served in the California Santa Rosa Mission of the Church. Later, she felt she wasn’t doing enough with her life, so she served two more missions: one in the Family & Church History Mission in Salt Lake City, and one in the Family History Mission from her home. She also served in the Manti Temple. Melba’s life exemplified love, selfless service, kindness, peace, and gentleness.

Melba passed away at her son’s home on Monday, July 20, 2020. Melba is preceded in death by her parents and by her sweetheart, Don. She will be thrilled to be reunited with him after 21 years! Melba is survived by their children, Shelley (Jeff) Trump of Round Lake, IL, David (Jeana) Hill of Herriman, UT, and Valerie (Shayne) Stegman of Mesa, AZ, as well as by 8 beloved grandchildren: Liz, William, Jake (Heidi), Jaylynn (Jordan), Janesa (Mike), Bryant, Chad, & Emerie. Family has been the joy of her life! Melba is also survived by her 8 brothers and their spouses: Lloyd & Virginia (Cedar City), Ben & Sandy (Bountiful), Ross & Nadene (Nephi), Ervin & Loretta (Fairview), Ivan & Dawn (Oak Creek), Lowell & Barby (Salt Lake City), Hal & Becky (Mountainville), and Louis & Nancy (Price).

A viewing will be held at Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 N 100 W, Mt. Pleasant, on Monday, July 27, 6-8pm. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, July 28th at 11am at the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery.

8 Responses to “Melba Fay Shelley Hill”

  1. Connie Ames says:

    Melba was a soft spoken spiritual giant. . . . so fun, so faithful, and a person I have admired though out my life. I send my love and sympathy to all of her family. Melba loved & laughed & cried & sacrificed & endured. And now she is back in the arms of her sweetheart, her parents, and a loving Heavenly Father. Hold fast to your memories and the legacy she left you.

  2. Jen Hobby says:

    What a beautiful tribute to such a wonderful woman. She will truly be missed. Her reunion with Don was truly long awaited and welcomed with much joy. Much love to Shelley, David and Valerie. Thinking of you and the family during this time.

  3. Shayla Anderson says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Melba’s passing. Melba was a dear friend and an amazing coworker who taught me a lot while working at the Counseling Center together. I remember her kindness and how caring she was toward everyone she met. Please know you all are in my thoughts and I am keeping you in my prayers.

  4. Kim Wilkey says:

    Love you Hill Family! Praying for an outpouring of peace and love for your family as you mourn such a great loss.

  5. I loved Melba from the first moment I met her in Relief Society in 2014. She told me her name was like the toast — Melba toast — although she had never tasted it. Joyce Smith

  6. Gayle J Randall says:

    Melba was a valiant woman who served in almost every way possible. I admired her desire to be of service and her example of missionary service truly stands out to me. I can picture her now as a missionary with her dear companion, Don. Melba had a lot of wisdom to share, but she didn’t realize it. One day when we were speaking of children who bring up our mistakes from the past, she said, “I just tell them: Oh, I repented of that a long time ago!” It struck a chord with me, brought a smile to me then and brings one now. Thank you, Melba! I love you! Have a wonderful eternity with your missionary companion!

  7. Janis Hanks says:

    Hill & Shelley families, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss of your sweet Mother & sister. She was such a sweet and kind lady. I know she is together with her husband and what a sweet reunion it must be.
    Praying for all of you at this difficult time.

  8. Lori McBride says:

    Melba was the best! So was Don! Your parents were always so good to me. I loved being in your home often as a teenager. Thanks for sharing them and I pray for comfort to you all! Godspeed! XXOO Lori