Memorial services for Barbara Anne Melikan, 71, of Temple, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Temple with Dr. Tom Robbins officiating.

Mrs. Melikan died Nov. 8, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Sept. 30, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Richard T. Schlosberg Jr. and Helen M. Schlosberg.

Mrs. Melikan completed nursing school in 1967 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and was a registered nurse for 40 years, the last 10 as a utilization and case manager at Fort Hood.

Mrs. Melikan retired in 2006 after developing a rare lung disease during which she also underwent a successful lung transplant. With her husband, she devoted the rest of her life to helping others navigate the lung transplant process while dedicating her time to organ donor awareness.

Mrs. Melikan is survived by her devoted husband, who for 53 years she always referred to as the love of her life, Mark G. Melikan Sr. of Temple; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Mark G. Melikan Jr. and his wife Breanne of Oakton, Va., and Todd M. Melikan and his wife Michelle of Waco; two brothers, Richard T. Schlosberg III of San Antonio and Robert S. Schlosberg of Newark, Del.; two sisters, Marjorie J. Long of Hockessin, Del., and Helen K. Dougherty of Newark, Del.; and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Melikan and her husband plan to eventually reunite through interment together at Arlington National Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Scanio-Harper Funeral Home in Temple.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Barbara Melikan Lung Transplant Research Fund. Inquiries regarding contributions may be directed to Carol Swartz, executive director of corporate and foundation relations, vice president, development, The University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio,, 210-567-2028, and Mrs. Melikan requests to, “Please sign up to be an organ donor.”

Scanio-Harper Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of arrangements.

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