Melva M. (Reynolds) Garlough, age 83, of Potsdam, but formerly of Oxbow, passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at her home under the loving care of her family and St. Lawrence Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.
Melva was born on January 19, 1927 in Clayton, to Rush and Myrtle (House) Reynolds. She graduated from Antwerp school in 1945 and married Lawrence T. Sawyer on November 15, 1945. Lawrence passed away on March 29, 1978. Melva married James Garlough on December 15, 1990.
Melva worked as a home care provider in her own home in Oxbow for many years retiring in 1990. She also helped work on the family farm. She lived in Oxbow most of her life, moving to Potsdam in 1990. She was a member of the Oxbow Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, flower gardening, square dancing, country music, the Black River Valley Fiddlers, traveling and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, James of Potsdam; a son and his wife, Larry T. and Cathy Sawyer of Oxbow; three daughters and their husbands, Sandra L. and Dean Mitchell of Oxbow, Pansy M. and Ralph Higgins of Gouverneur and Penny M. and Duane Slate of Antwerp; six step daughters and their husbands, Glenda and Randall Lawall of North Lawrence, Deborah and John Duffy of CT, Lesa and Michael Wilson of NC, Jean and Daniel Usher of Bolton Spa, Kay and James Richards of Lisbon and Jan Delosh of Syracuse; a step son and his wife, Eldon and Lucy Garlough of Alaska; a sister, Helen Edgar of Ocala, FL; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Reynolds of Theresa; 18 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and several step grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Melva was predeceased by a daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Bill Finley; a brother, Lyle Reynolds; a sister, Arlowene Stevenson; a step son, James Garlough Jr; and five grandchildren, one great grandchild and two great-great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. The funeral service will follow on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Lee Sweeney officiating. Burial will follow at the Oxbow Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Melva’s memory to the Oxbow Cemetery Association.