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Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Melva Ileen (Kennedy) Suddarth, age 92, of Vandalia, passed away peacefully at 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia.
Visitation was held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
A Service was held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
The Rev. Bob Hoehn officiated. Music was provided by selected favorite hymns.
Interment took place in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bob Suddarth, Derek Suddarth, Greg Hayden, Brent Hayden, Tom Kennedy, and Todd Kennedy.
Melva Ileen (Kennedy) Suddarth was born on April 20, 1923 in Louisiana, Missouri, the daughter of John William and Inez May (Todd) Kennedy.
She married Basil Levi Suddarth in Louisiana, Missouri on July 12, 1946; he preceded her in death on July 18, 1995.
She grew up in Louisiana and was a 1943 Louisiana High School graduate. After school, Melva worked at the Wells-Lamont Glove Factory in Louisiana. She moved to Vandalia with her husband in 1948 and worked for a few years at the Bobbie Brooks Garment Factory.
She was a Christian by faith and mostly was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother.  Melva enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice Kay Hayden and husband Donald, of Blue Springs; one son, Ronald Eugene Suddarth and wife Judy, of Vandalia; three grandsons, Brent Hayden and wife Dawn, of Lawrence, Kansas; Greg Hayden and wife Melissa, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Derek Suddarth, of Bloomington, Illinois; one granddaughter, Shonda Suddarth, of Columbia, Missouri; three great-granddaughters, Zoey Hayden and Isabella Hayden, of Lee’s Summit, and Presley Moran, of Columbia; one great-grandson Cannon Moran, of Columbia; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Basil; and three brothers, Harold Kennedy, Kenneth Kennedy, and J. W. Kennedy.
Memorials are encouraged to Tri-County Care Center, 601 N. Galloway Road in Vandalia, Missouri 63382 or to the Alzheimer’s Association.