Melba Vera Sigsworth

ID# 476, (1899-1990)
     Melba Vera Sigsworth was born on 4 February 1899 at Keenansville, Adjala Twp, Simcoe County, Ontario.1,2 She was the daughter of John Sigsworth and Esther Wilson.1 She married first James Anthony Pappajohn on 2 April 1924 at Vancouver, British Columbia.1 She married second Percival Claude Broder, son of John Broder and Alice Mary Graves, on 25 June 1941 at New Westminster, British Columbia.3 She and Percival Claude Broder were divorced. After the divorce, Melba reverted to her first husband's surname of Pappajohn. She died on 30 November 1990 at Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, British Columbia, at age 91.4,5 She was buried at Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, British Columbia.4

Her obituary in the Canadian Adventist Messenger in April 1991 read:
"Pappajohn, Melba (Sigsworth) was born at Beeton, Ontario February 4, 1899 and passed away at New Westminster, BC on November 30, 1990. She became a member of the SDA church at the age of 16. Surviving her are three children: Helen VanDenburgh, Douglas and William. There are also 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren surviving."2

Last Edited=20 Nov 2014


  1. [S756] James Pappajohn & Melba Sigsworth, Marriage Registration 24-09-274527 (4 Apr 1924), BC Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria, British Columbia.
  2. [S917] Pappajohn, Canadian Adventist Messenger, Oshawa, Ontario, April 1991, 24.
  3. [S499] Broder - Pappajohn, unknown newspaper title, unknown location, Jun 1941.
  4. [S1780] Melba Vera Pappajohn, Death Registration 021684 (3 Dec 1990), BC Archives, 655 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia.
  5. [S45] Barbara Hill, "Rev Graves Family," e-mail message from e-mail address (Berkeley, California) to Faye West, 9 Mar 2002, ref: Canadian Adventist Messenger in April 1991.
  6. [S945] Helen Papajohn & Donald Van Denburgh, Wedding Invitation, privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta.