Melva Lee James Engers of Desert Hot Springs, CA, passed away on August 13, 2022 at the age of 99. A native of Cedar Point, KS, moving to Riverside, CA in 1957. She graduated from Kansas StateTeachers College where she was president of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, Xi Phi leadership fraternity, and the Panhellenic, ruling body of Greek organization. She earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Redlands, CA.
Beloved wife of the late Joe R. Engers. Dear mother of Jay R. Engers, Scott J. Engers, Jon W. Engers and Steven L Engers. Loving Grandmother of 7 and Great Grandmother of 3. Twin sister of the late Elva Lee Wayman of Emporia, KS.
She was a retired high school teacher for Rubidoux High School in Jurupa Valley, CA and a docent at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, CA. She was an avid backpacker, Nordic skier, golfer, horseshoe competitor, and a keen card and board game player. Melva Lee enjoyed reading, writing, birding, motor homing, and spending time with family and friends.
A private celebration will be held at Prairie Grove Cemetery near Cottonwood Falls.
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