22 Feb Elaine Willie Melcomian
Elaine Willie Melcomian
March 8, 1934 – February 19, 2017
Ruth Elaine Willie Melcomian joined her husband, Mel, February 19, just short of her 83rd birthday. A life-long resident of Utah and direct descendent of LDS pioneer James G. Willie who led the Willie & Martin handcart companies. Born to Vernal and Dorothy Bird Willie in Brigham City, Utah.
Elaine first married Byron Burt (later divorced). Together they had a daughter, Shelley. Elaine then met Mel, when both studied at Utah State University, she in elementary education and he in engineering. Upon marrying and graduating, they made a home in Salt Lake City where they found employment. Two daughters, Melanie and Jennifer, completed their family.
Mel and Elaine opened a restaurant and together built a loyal clientele over 29 years, first with Bountiful’s Tampico and then Casa Melinda in North Salt Lake. Elaine was a gracious and caring hostess.
Together 55 years, they built a diverse network of friends, and traveled the world. Mom enjoyed the ballet, opera, symphony, and the theater. She was a 20-year volunteer at the University of Utah Hospital. Their home and gorgeous yard, a special venue where family and friends gathered to celebrate life events, the highlight often Mel’s Armenian cuisine.
Elaine is survived by her daughters, Shelley (Markus) Zimmer, Melanie (John) Mancini, and Jennifer (Stella) Melcomian; five grandchildren, Jessica (Harley), Chris (Brittany), Audrey, Gregory, and Julia; two great-granddaughters, Madeleine and Eleanor; sister Norma Jean Ross, brother John Willie, and sister in law, Maro (Garnik) Simonian, and their children Yasmen and Simone. Elaine is preceded in death by her husband, Mel; sister Louise Wagstaff and brother Ralph Willie.
A celebration of life will be held in her honor at 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 4, 2017 at City View Memoriam, 1001 East 11th Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah with a reception to follow. To share condolences online, please visit www.cityviewmemoriam.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elaine’s name will kindly be accepted by the Ronald McDonald House of Utah.