Melinda Irene Cosgrove

July 19, 1960 ~ April 27, 2021 (age 60)


Stubborn to the end, Melinda Irene Cosgrove of Pocatello, ID surprised us all with her sudden passing on April 27, 2021. Anyone who knew “Nika” knew that she was going to do things her way, and death was no exception. Nika let go Tuesday afternoon at the age of 61 in her sleep as a result of medical complications. After a lengthy battle with her health, she is finally resting without pain.
Nika had many passions in her life and was not adaptive to one label. Her love of music was the core of her identity and she was never shy to share how it affected her on an emotional and spiritual level. She had a deep love for everything green and longed to immerse herself in the forest of Oregon enjoying the halflings leaf. However, she also felt strongly connected to the Pacific Ocean off the California Coast Line and remembered exhilarating days filled with surfing and sunbathing. Roosters and tree frogs decorated her space, as well as her natural rocks and crystals, and random assortment of stolen straws, plastic cutlery, and single use condiments.
Her family will truly miss watching movies with her she’s seen a hundred times yet had no memory of. Arguing over the need for livestock and the over abundance of pepper that was applied to food.
Nika is survived by her husband, James Michael Cosgrove Jr., faithfully devoted to his loving wife. He cared for her to the very end in their home. Her two daughters, Heydi Kay Smith and Sherry Faye Elder and her two grandchildren, Phoebe Faye Elder and Rhys Edwin Elder.
Nika’s ways of communicating and expressing her love for her family were not always straight forward, but she did love and care for their wellbeing fiercely. She will be missed on warm days spent outside BBQing and every time the hummingbirds come to feed.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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