Gloria Jean (Whitebird) Mellado, age 77, of Cass Lake, Minnesota went home to be with her family on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, from her home with her loving family by her side. She was born in Cass Lake, MN on Tuesday, January 25, 1944, the daughter of Margaret (Cloud) and Selam Whitebird.
She graduated from Cass Lake High School and continued her education in Chicago at NAES College
and the University of Chicago School of Social Administration.
Gloria moved to Chicago in the late 60’s and met and married her husband, Rogelio Mellado. They had just celebrated 49 years of marriage in May.
For 25 years, Gloria moved between Cass Lake and Chicago. While in Chicago, she was active in the community and maintained those friendships and memories throughout her life. She moved back to Cass Lake in 1996 to work for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and was currently the A&D Program Manager. Her 47 years of sobriety was important to Gloria as was helping those find their way.
Gloria loved her grandsons and spent every moment she could with them. She loved her television judges and would spend time after work catching up on Judge Judy and The Peoples Court. Gloria loved to take car rides and seemed to have a story about every back road. Gloria had an amazing memory. She had the ability to remember people and their stories down to the smallest detail.
Family that welcomes Gloria home are her infant son; James, parents; Margaret and Selam, brothers; Elmer, James, Donald and Arnold, sister; Eunice, nephew; Charles, great nephew; Russell and other relatives.
She leaves behind her husband; Rogelio Mellado, children; Rogelio “Ross” and Karen Mellado, grandchildren; Riley and Georgie, nieces; Margaret, Karen and Gloria, auntie; Nancy Whitebird, many great nieces and nephews, many more family members and her very special friends and co-workers.
An overnight wake for Gloria will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 6th and continue until her 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Monday, June 7th all taking place at the Mission Community Center in Cass Lake, MN. Helping to lay Gloria to rest are Robert Harrison, Ronald Harrison, Jr. Randall Stangler, Douglas Bryan, Jr., Scott Whitebird and Leroy Whitebird, Jr. Alternate pallbearers are Christopher Bryan and De’Andre Bryan. Her honorary pallbearers are her co-workers at the A & D Program. Interment will be in the Prince of Peace Cemetery at Cass Lake, MN immediately following her Monday service.
Gloria’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
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