Melinda Gail Magnaghi
November 6, 1966 – August 18, 2021
Melinda Gail Magnaghi, daughter of Neal and Joyce Larson, was born on November 6, 1966. She passed away on August 18, 2021 at the age of 54.
She is survived by her husband, Scott and her three children, Melissa (Clayton), Reid (Lauren), and Emma. She is also survived by her mother, Joyce; twin sister, Melissa; and her sisters, Kelly and Barbra.
Melinda was born in Moline, Illinois, and moved to Walla Walla at the age of 5. After graduating from Walla Walla High School, she attended WSU for her teacher training and completed her Master’s Degree from Heritage University. Melinda then met and married the love of her life, Scott Magnaghi, on August 8, 1991. They recently celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary.
Some of Melinda’s fondest memories were traveling with her family to Twin Lakes, DisneyLand, a cruise to Alaska and Dworshak. One of Melinda’s many joys in life was cooking. You could always find her in the kitchen making up her own recipes, all delicious meals. She enjoyed going into hiding in the Walla Walla Valley, but her true passion in life was staying at home and raising her children as well as many other children.
From the moment Melinda was first diagnosed with cancer, she absolutely radiated positivity and strength. Whatever came her way in her life, she made sure everyone knew she wouldn’t go down without a fight. Her positive attitude and strength was contagious. Despite her cancer and her struggle, she always had a positive and uplifting attitude in life. She was a great support to her cancer group and to many others who shared her cancer diagnosis.
A rosary for Melinda will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church on Monday, August 23 at 6:00 PM. On Tuesday, August 24 at 11:00 AM, a funeral mass will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church, followed by a reception at the Magnaghi home (2415 Cottonwood Rd. Walla Walla). Wednesday will be privately interred at the cemetery Bergzicht.
Melinda will be remembered as a true friend to everyone she met.
She is preceded in death by her uncle Mike Keatts; her cousin, Abby Keatts; her father, Neal Larson; and her mother and father-in-law, Frank and Shirley Magnaghi.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St. Walla Walla, WA 99362 to St. Francis Catholic Church or St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center.