In memory of
Marilyn Richardson Melching
Three times I have attempted to write an obituary for mom, using the traditional format; however, Marilyn Richardson Melching (mom), doesn't seem to fit that mold. Mom was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, on March 31, 1947, to Russell and Genevieve Richardson. She spent her teen years in Ft. Wayne, and in 1964 married Dean Melching. They were blessed (or challenged - ha ha) with two sons, Darren and Scott Melching. Mom was first a school cafeteria worker, working her way to cafeteria management, (I found out later), in an effort to be closer to her sons. In later school years, she acted as a substitute teacher, to be closer to her sons. This was mom. She loved people, loved animals, loved her friends/family, and loved God. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, mom took her final journey, to be with her Lord, something she longed for. She had a relatively short time after being diagnosed with cancer (pancreatic +), so she did not suffer. Mom passed from this life, knowing she was loved, and still loving others. She was blessed to have spent of her last days with her sister, niece, sons, daughters in law (daughters, per mom).
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Melching, parents, Russell and Genevieve Richardson, brothers Don and Ted Richardson, great grandson Knox Robert Melching, faithful sidekick "Heidi", among others. She is survived by sons Darren (Lori) Melching, Scott (Teresa) Melching, sister Romayne St. John, grandchildren, Bobby (Martha) Melching, Melissa Melching, Brian Melching, Ben Melching, US Marine John Melching, and a host of nieces, nephews.
Those of you who knew Marilyn knew her love for people. While it is a sad time, for us, it is a joyous time for her. To that end, we choose to honor mom by recognizing who she was...a mom, a mother in law, a wife, a daughter, an aunt, and (per the obit), a comedian of sorts. Mom would rather have laughed than cried. Today, we choose to do both.....Godspeed, Mom...Godspeed...We love you...
Marilyn wanted a grave side service at:
Hendersonville Memorial Gardens
353 Johnny Cash Parkway
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Saturday, April 4, 2015.
Graveside visitation will be at 10:30 am
Funeral will be at (same location) 11:00 am
In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to:
1010 Freedom Church Pkwy
Gallatin, TN 37066
Thank you to all who read this, and all who remembered Marilyn. She was a vibrant person who loved many people. I can say with confidence that she would want to say "pay it forward"...so in her honor, love others as Christ loved the church...
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