Melinda was born to Raymond and Verna and she grew into the woman she became in Onion Lake. Melinda's life roots were in Onion Lake as a wife, mother, and, for the first time, as a kokum. Melinda contributed to the community through recreational activities as well as administrative skills. Melinda and (late) Eddie had found each other and started a family until he passed in 2000. Melinda then met Gildas Storm and relocated to Siksika, AB., where she and Gildas raised a blended family in Calgary, and then Siksika. Melinda discovered her entrepreneurial gifting when she and Gildas founded a successful seasonal coffee stand. Melinda continued to cater for the community through her sickness, providing the stampede with catering services. She peacefully passed away in the home of her daughter on January 8, 2022.
Melinda is predeceased by: her first husband, Edward Oliver Trottier (2000); her father, Ray Whitstone (2007); her paternal grandmother, Mary Whitstone; her maternal grandfather, Edwin Cook (2001); her maternal grandmother, Maggie Cook (2018); and her paternal grandfather, Philip Whitstone (1971).
She is survived by: her husband, Gildas Storm of Siksika, AB.; her children, Tatum Trottier (Lynden Martell) and their children, Heavenlee, Trale, Desai, Donovan, and Nolynn, Freeman Trottier (Karissa Atatise), and their children, August, Bella, and Mia, Oneida Trottier (Cheyenne Brownhat) and their children, Ava, Talla, Shae, Tawny, and Avan, Deshane Trottier (Mewaysin Sakebow), and their children, Shan, Kael, and Emmersyn, Catlyn Storm, Tyson Storm, and his children, Ocean, and Isaiah, Taurus Scout, and her children, Sonny, and Scout; her chapans, Taylin Dillon, and Tayven Dillon; her mother, Mary Verna Cook; her fur babies, Oliver, Kahlia, and Cuddles; her siblings, Adrian and Priscilla Whitstone, Dallas Whitstone and Yvette Sunchild, Donovan Whitstone, Eddie and Caitlyn Lewis, Wendell Lewis and Maralee Whitstone, Leslie and Harley Arcand, Shawn Whitstone and Les Trottier, and Heather Whitstone.