Farmington Shooting: Victims Remembered

Gwendolyn Schofield, Melody Ivie and Shirley Voita

The families of the three women killed in Monday's shooting in Farmington have shared information about their lives.  We are happy to share this information about these important members of the Farmington community who were taken in this senseless act:

The families of the three women killed in Monday's shooting in Farmington have shared information about their lives.  We are happy to share this information about these important members of the Farmington community who were taken in this senseless act:

Gwendolyn Dean Schofield, 98, was the mother of 4 children.  She and her late husband Ray Dean moved to Farmington in the mid-1990s to be near their daughter, Melody and her family.  After Ray’s passing, Gwen married Charles Schofield, a long-time resident of Farmington, and spent the next 14 years taking care of each other.  Gwen was a schoolteacher for her entire life.  She loved the outdoors, she loved being active, she loved teaching, she loved serving others both within her church and within the community, including the DUI Literacy program.  She has 26 grandchildren and innumerable great and great-great grandchildren.  You would often find Gwen baking and checking in on her friends around town.  She was an avid humanitarian in her own community as well as worldwide.  She was very generous and felt that continued education was a top priority, setting up a trust to help with her great grandchildren’s educational needs.  She will be loved and missed by more than just her posterity.  She has been a great example and will continue to shape our lives with her wisdom, guidance, teachings, and memories.

Melody Ivie. 73, was a long time resident of Farmington with her late husband Dennis Ivie. She is the mother of 8 children, 24 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  She loved her family, her faith,  and her friends.  She was passionate about serving others.  For 40 years she owned and operated Ivie League Preschool, serving several generations of families in the community.  She loved her preschool children and they loved her.  She has had multiple grand-students over the years. Even as adults these students remember the love and kindness Mrs. Ivie gave them.  She  loved unconditionally to all she met. Her love spanned oceans as she served a mission for her church in Ghana, Africa allowing her love and example to go global. Melody’s death leaves a hole in this community that will be hard to fill.


Shirley Voita, 79, was married to her husband Michael for 57 wonderful years.  They had 3 daughters and 2 sons, 14 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

Shirley was a school nurse by profession, which she loved, and was joyfully devoted to her family, friends, church and community. She volunteered for over 20 years at the senior center preparing taxes. She also volunteered at Birthright and Daily Bread. Shirley found great joy in helping and encouraging others. The family would like to thank all of the first responders and all those who heroically stepped in during this tragic crisis. The world is a better place for the 79 years she was with us. 


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