Melanie Lane Nelms, 60

| October 9, 2020 7:00 AM

Melanie Lane (Ballard) Nelms, 60, left this life to be with God and the angels Oct. 2, 2020, in Libby.

Melanie was a bright and shining star, and she will be missed and loved by many. Friends and family are so thankful for Home Options Hospice for the earthbound angels that cared for Melanie in her last days.

Melanie was born in Kentucky and spent much of her life in California before she moved to her beloved Montana in 1996. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University, Fullerton, where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha chapter. Melanie married her husband and best friend, Donald, in 1993. They had the good fortune of early retirement and traveled in their fifth wheel around the United States.

Melanie never met a stranger. She loved horseback riding (especially Cherokee), metal detecting, crafts, camping, cooking, gardening, fishing, listening to Aerosmith and being with friends.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Nelms; brother, JB Ballard (Shay) of California; nieces, Tracy and Amy; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her fur babies, Ruger and Sissy.

A private visitation will be held at Schnackenberg Funeral Home followed by a celebration of life.

Melanie's favorite charity was Janie's Fund for abused girls, which was organized through her favorite group, Aerosmith. Memorial contributions can be made through

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at