Melody Rogers Jungles took Heaven by storm on 5/27/2017! She was born 11/4/1960 in Great Falls, Montana to Ferne and Hiram Rogers. She grew up in Cut Bank. She loved to sew doll clothes and dress her little sister, Janna. Ferne worked in the local rest home and Melody often visited her there. Even at that young age, she loved people and was kind and compassionate. Her passion for helping others stayed with her all her life and eventually became her career. She went to college in Miles City. She loved learning and threatened to become a perpetual student, but there was no money in it.
She married Tracy Garfield in 1977 and became a mom with her first son, Tracy. Then in a few years Wally and Rusty were born. Melody embraced motherhood as well as her career in hospital and nursing care. She was loved by her family, co-workers and patients alike. She worked hard and was dedicated to raising her sons.
She married Darnell Jungles in 1988. Together they raised Wally and Rusty. Melody loved to fish and when the boys were young took them fishing and camping. Of course, sometimes the fun is the journey. On one particular trip while camping in Wyoming, Darnell’s truck wouldn’t start and he had to walk 10 miles to get help.
One of the great joys of her life was becoming a grandmother. She employed all her gifts. Sewing that she loved as a child was now a passion making Halloween costumes and cooking and celebrating family events and birthdays with great enthusiasm and style. Halloween was a favorite holiday, she was a master of disguise and her costumes were always “original”.
Melody entered into relationship with Brad Baumanm in 2010 and shared her last seven years with him. He was a light in her life. She loved gardening and had a “green thumb”. She loved flowers, and created a beautiful yard and environment, and was quite the decorator! She was a Christian and loved God. She studied the Word daily. She was a woman of words, writing poems her whole life. She played the clarinet as a child and never lost her love for music, looking to both melody and lyrics for the meaning they conveyed to the heart. She inspired her grandkids in music as well, teaching them to play Amazing Grace on her mother’s piano.
She was preceeded in death by everyone who died before her and is survived by everyone still remaining here, but especially her step father, John Whalen, step mother Lorri Rogers, brothers Karl Rogers and Chris Whalen, sister Debbie Greenwalt, son’s Walley and Rusty Jungles and their spouses and children.
Melody was a kind and gentle spirit full of love. She had many challenges in her life that no one should have to endure and she faced them with courage and fortitude. We will deeply miss her and pray for her soul.