Melinda Ann Munoz

Melinda Ann Munoz

December 03, 1940 - April 13, 2022

Melinda Ann Munoz

December 03, 1940 - April 13, 2022


Melinda Wayne Munoz

Melinda Wayne Munoz, born December 3,1940, passed away April 13, 2022, after outliving the standard longevity of the lung transplant she received 11 years ago.  She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and a good friend. The fourth of John Wayne’s seven children and Josephine Saenz’s youngest child, Melinda married Gregory Munoz in 1964. They were married 21 years and raised five children. She especially prided herself on being a fun grandmother to 14 grandchildren who will always remember her creative gift-wrapping, incredible poker playing,  as well as her incredible ability to make them laugh.


Melinda attended Immaculate Heart High School and studied at the University of Madrid. She was a true force of life who loved travel, reading, and films. In her spare time, she did volunteer work for many organizations, including St. Anne’s Home, and served as a Teacher for Natural Family Planning.  She also was a valiant and passionate advocate in the fight against cancer through the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. A faithful, active Catholic, Melinda served as a Dame of Malta. Throughout her life, Melinda was known for being humorous, enthusiastic about her beautiful children and grandchildren, and full of love for life.


Melinda’s services will be held at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach, CA, on Monday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m.



Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: April 25, 2022 (10:30 AM)
  • Venue: Our Lady Queen Of Angels Catholic Church
  • Location: 2046 Mar Vista Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 - (Get Directions)

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11 responses to Melinda Ann Munoz

  1. Ed Towers says:

    My first love, cried when she got married. Will never forget her. She lives in my heart and mind. courageous person that endured on her own what life presented. Love and humor from early age to last time we spoke. To her children, my condolence and best wishes.

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