Melva Jane Heckman, 80, of Canyon City passed away Dec. 14 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Services where held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day, Oregon. She was laid to rest at the Canyon City Cemetery in Canyon City, Oregon.

Melva was born to Florence Marks and Andrew Brown on Dec. 3, 1938, in Patton Township, Pennsylvania; she attended high school in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania. Melva married Nelson E. Heckman on Feb. 23, 1957, in Winchester, Virginia. Together they had four children. Melva went on to get her CNA license and worked from 1984 to the year 2000 when she retired from Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.

Melva enjoyed the outdoors, camping with her family and bowling.

She was preceded in death by her late son, Jeffery A. Heckman.

She is survived by her husband, Nelson E. Heckman of Canyon City, Oregon; daughters Cynthia (Joe) Falkenhagen of Vancouver, Washington, and Kimberly (Thomas) Crumley of La Pine, Oregon; son Nelson Lee Heckman of San Jose, California; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. To offer online condolences to the family, please visit

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