Alta Melvin, 90, of Beloit WI, entered her eternal life on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born on November 1st, 1929, the daughter of Richard and Rosielee (Weatherall) McCord. She was united in Holy Matrimony on December 22, 1973 to George A. Melvin.
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Alta was a long-time member of Bethel A.M.E. Church. She was a mother of the church, served on the Stewardess Board and the Missionary Society. Something most people would be surprised to know about Alta is that she was born a twin: the first set of Black twins born in Beloit. Alta worked for Wisconsin Knife Works as a Machine Setter Operator for seventeen years. She also worked as a nursing assistant for the Beloit Health Department for 10 years after receiving her CNA licensure from Blackhawk Tech. Alta says the greatest gift that she has ever received is the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. If she could change anything, it would be for everyone to love and not hate. Alta always said that God is love, and he who loves is of God. Her toughest experience was the passing of her twin sister, Ida Mae Savage. Her favorite scripture is Psalms 27:1.
Alta loved her family, especially the babies so that she could kiss their little cheeks. She loved to sit outdoors in warmer weather to watch her little yard squirrel “Charlie” who will miss her. She also loved going out to eat and spending time with her family.
Alta is preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, her husband George Melvin, son, Broderick Vance, and daughter, Phyllis “Diane” Payton. She leaves to cherish her sons, Robert (Joyce) Vance of Milwaukee, WI, Michael Vance of Beloit, WI, Gary (Debra) Vance of Beloit, WI, a very special niece, Doris (Jesse) Harrell, Beloit WI, special friends Catherin Jackson, Persilla Melendez of Beloit, and Myrtle Cruz of Massachusetts. She also leaves her 16 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren, and 21 great great grandchildren whom she loved dearly.