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Born in Quakertown on November 24, 1929, Melva was the daughter of the late Robert Henry Rauch Long and Mildred Florence (Wipplinger) Long. She graduated from 8th grade at Richlandtown School, later working at the shoe factory in Coopersburg. Melva loved to spend many Sundays at Sleepy Hollow Ranch near Geryville, where she would play records over the sound system at intermission during the country music shows. She met many of the popular country western singers and bands there. She was predeceased by her husbands William Cyrus White, Sr., and Frederick Wenhold, both of whom were US Army veterans, serving in the Korean War and World War II respectively.
In 1980, Melva began working as a nurse's aide at Belle Haven Nursing Home in Quakertown. She worked there for 32 years before retiring in 2012. Her favorite hobbies included embroidery and solving word find puzzles. She also loved auto racing, having been a regular fan at local tracks such as Sanatoga Speedway, Hatfield Speedway and the Reading Fairgrounds, among many others. She also loved NASCAR and was an annual fixture at Pocono Raceway for a number of years.
Melva was predeceased by brothers Robert Franklin Long and Richard John Long; sisters Vivian Lorraine Long, Mary Kathryn Slifer and Mildred Clara Hoff. She is survived by sister Marcella Marie Frederick of
Quakertown; son William Cyrus White, Jr., of Quakertown; daughters Vicki Lynn Miller of Carson City, NV and Shawna Marie Wenhold of Macungie; grandsons Rory Lee Kemmerer and Nathan Daniel Kemmerer of Dayton, NV; 3 great-grandsons.
Services will be determined by the family at a later date.
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