Melva Heyd, 77, of Garrettsville, passed away on June 15, 2017 with her devoted family by her side. She was born on March 27, 1940 to Lawrence and Arma Hinzman in Fairmont, West Virginia.
She was a Braceville High School and Kent State University graduate. Melva was a trusted name in the real estate industry. She began her career in 1972 as a sales agent and then added her Broker’s license in 1976. In the 1980s, her business had grown to include three offices offering a multiline of insurance options as well as real estate. She was the innovator of “one stop shopping,” helping hundreds of families to find their dream home.
As a business owner, she invested her time and energy in this community by serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of Ladies Auxiliary, Secretary of the Garrettsville Development Corporation and was an active member of the Nelson United Methodist Church. Melva was a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors and the Portage County Association of Realtors, where she was a Past President.
Melva was an active member of the Nelson United Methodist Church where she established The God Provides Meal Program that is still being served today. Other activities that she loved include gardening, reading and spending time with her beloved family and collie, Max.
She is survived by her children, Mike (Karen) Heyd, Delvita “Dee” (Ken) Porter and Karla (Mike) Veon; grandchildren, Tara (Jason) Judge, Esler Brent Heyd, Miranda (Rob) Carlisle, Brennan and Kennedy Porter, Sydney, Jayde, Zayne and Bryar Veon and great grandchild, Blake Judge; sisters, Marsha (Dick) Dean, Colleen (Larry) Dezort, Marcella Ashe and Debbie (Darwin) Friend; brothers, Al (Marilou) Hinzman, Larry (Sheila) Hinzman, Denny (Mona) Hinzman, Delvin (Jean) Hinzman and Randy (Bonnie) Hinzman and previous husband, Esler Heyd, with whom she still maintained a close relationship.
Melva was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dale Hinzman; sister, Karen Mellin; great granddaughter, Bailey Judge.
A celebration of Melva’s life will be held on August 5, 2017, 12 PM, at the Nelson United Methodist Church, 9353 St Rt 305, Garrettsville, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Melva’s name to the Nelson United Methodist Church, The God Provides Meal Program. Online condolences at www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com