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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009
Melva Sweetwood

Melva Rose Sweetwood (Sands)

Thursday, June 30th, 1927 - Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
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Melva Rose Sweetwood, 91, of Edgerton, KS passed away Dec. 4, 2018 at Olathe Medical Center. Visitation 10:00 am Tue., Dec. 11, 2018 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Graveside and burial follows the visitation at 11:30 am at Gardner Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be left at

Melva was born June 30, 1927 in Kansas City, MO to James R. and Ida Sophia (Seifert) Sands. She grew up in Fontana, KS, moved to Paola, KS and then Edgerton. Melva graduated from Edgerton High School in 1945 and then attended the Radio-TV Institute. She married Ernest “Bud” Sweetwood on Oct. 25, 1946 in Olathe, KS. After marriage they lived in Gardner for 27 years and then moved back to Edgerton in 1973. Melva worked for Cramer Chemical Co. for four years and then for the Schlozman Ford Dealership as a secretary; retiring in 1973. She was a member of the Gardner Presbyterian Church for over 70 years, belonged to the Gardner American Legion Auxiliary and was an avid Chiefs fan. Melva will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cheryl DiAnn Sweetwood in 2003; husband, “Bud,” in 2012 and brother, Merle Sands. Melva is survived by her daughter, Barbara Sweetwood, Wellsville, KS; brothers: Ron Sands, Ottawa, KS, Robert Sands, Costa Mesa, CA and sister, Barbara Curry, Corvallis, OR; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 | 11:30am
    Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 11:30am
    Gardner Cemetery
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  • Interment

    Gardner Cemetery
    300 South Poplar Street
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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Posted at 01:33pm
My deepest condolences to the family at this difficult time. I hope the words at John 5:28,29 bring you comfort. It says: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”


Posted at 09:31am
I am deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your dear loved one. May Jehovah the “God of all comfort” be a source of strength and comfort to help you endure this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. Psalms 83:18.

Anita Shaw

Posted at 08:05am
Such a sweet and caring lady! She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Treasure all the wonderful memories!

Ken and Gloria

Posted at 08:31am
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Love you
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Nancie Fargo

Posted at 10:36am
Our sincere condolences. Wes and I both know how difficult this is. Your mom was such a sweet and genuine individual, she will be missed by many. I remember fondly our parents getting together and going to the Legion for the evening. One of my first memories of being left with my grandparents was when they all went to New Orleans for a long weekend, don’t you know they had a blast and the memories they made! As you remember your Mom in the months and years ahead may your wonderful memories of love and happiness help you through this difficult time. Love, Nancie and Wes Fargo

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