Melinda Doyle went home to live with her Heavenly Father on February 6, 2018. Melinda was born on September 28, 1959 to Dale and Betty Jo Wight in Concord, California. She was joined by her beloved brother, Timothy, two years later and they lived in Walnut Creek, California until she was eight years old. Her mother passed away in August 1967 and her father and stepmother moved the family to Washington state where they lived until Melinda was 13. The family then moved to Cambridge Nebraska where Melinda attended high school. Melinda’s parents owned and operated the Cambridge Variety Store during the 1970’s. She loved Nebraska and always considered it “home”. She was baptized on August 9, 1974 at Harlan County Lake. Upon high school graduation, Melinda attended University of Sioux Falls and Augustana College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981. After all those years of being responsible, her vagabond side came out and she moved from place to place and held many jobs until settling down in Lincoln, Nebraska. Melinda was always happiest when she was in close proximity to Tim.
In 1986, Melinda moved to Beatrice Nebraska where she worked at First National Bank, Professional Marketing Concepts, and Runza drive-in. In 1992 she found her true calling by becoming a licensed nail technician. In 1994 she purchased a salon and named it The Steel Magnolia. Melinda spent many years cultivating friendships and nurturing her clients. It never seemed like work to her and she always looked forward to being in the salon. In 2003 she met and fell in love with her soulmate, Terry Doyle. They were married August 4, 2006 and this was the happiest and most contented time of her life. It didn’t matter where she was or what she was doing, as long as Terry was by her side. Together they lived in Beatrice and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. One of her biggest joys was her beloved dogs, Tucker and Cooper. Melinda loved The Lord and tried to share Him with friends and acquaintances alike. Melinda was a member of Christ Community Church in Beatrice. She enjoyed snow skiing, hiking, traveling, road tripping, shopping with her soul sister, Laurie, entertaining friends and family, and loving on everyone.
Survivors include her husband, soulmate and best friend Terry.; her beloved brother Timothy Wight (Jan), Santa Barbara California; daughters, Kelleigh Doyle of Denver, Colorado and Teryn Doyle of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandson, Aaven Doyle, Lincoln; her half brother Michael Wight (Sandi) of Waverly, Nebraska and half sister Angela Wade (Dick) of Battle Creek Nebraska; niece Lauren Wight, Oakland, California, and soul sister Laurie Dorn, Beatrice, Nebraska and many family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents;
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Christ Community Church with Pastors Jack Magness and Dan Martin officiating. Interment will be at 11:00 AM Monday, February 12, 2018 in the Fair View Cemetery in Cambridge, NE. The body will lie in state from noon – 5:00 PM on Friday, and from 10-9:00 PM Saturday at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with the family greeting friends from 6-8:00 Saturday, and at the church 0ne hour preceding the service on Sunday. A family prayer service will be held at 2:15 PM Sunday at the church. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, a memorial has been established to the Melinda Doyle Charitable Foundation with Jerry and Bev Hecox in charge. Sign Melinda’s online guest book and view her video tribute when completed at www.ghchapel.com.
These services are entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.