Marilyn Richardson Melching

  • Born: March 31, 1947
  • Died: March 28, 2015
  • Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mother, Wife , Daughter, Sister, Friend

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Marilyn by adding your memories and photos.

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
615 824-3855
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:

Freedom Church
1010 Freedom Church Pkwy
Gallatin, TN 37066
615 451-6299

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" in her honor, love others as Christ loved the church...


Condolence & Memory Journal

We are so blessed to have known you. We will meet someday. Amen.

Posted by Denis Lanek Melching - Kampala, Uganda - Adopted Grandson   December 15, 2015


I never had the privledge of meeting Ms Melching, but do know that any woman that worked her life around her children, as she did, had to have been a Very good loving person. She did good, because this shows through her sons. Love and Prayers for you all.

Posted by Rhonda - Portland, TN - Friend of family   April 04, 2015


Such a warm, loving, humorous, strong, resilient woman! I will miss you, Aunt Marilyn, but many happy memories will comfort me. You've left the world a better place for having had you in it.

Posted by Julie St. John - Snow Camp, NC - Niece   April 02, 2015


Aunt Marilyn, What can we say about a woman who embraced life & God, respected all and loved to laugh? We were fortunate to have you in our lives... We are comforted to know you are without pain and in God's loving arms.
You are loved and missed

Posted by Debbie & Mark - Stanwood, WA - Niece & Husband   April 02, 2015


I will miss her big smile and crazy jokes. Her generousity and love for others was immeasurable.
We know she is enjoying heaven. Love and prayers to all her family.

Posted by Beverly and Merrol Hyde - Hendersonville, TN - friend   April 01, 2015


We love you with all our heart! You are a special lady and touched so many lives! We will miss you so much but can see you smiling ( joking with Dad and Uncle Don) and at peace in God's loving arms!!

Posted by Becky and Chuck Fitch - Fort Wayne, IN - niece and husband   March 31, 2015

My Prayers and thoughts are with the family may God give comfort and peace as he always does love you all.
Willie Ruth Borders, friend of Lori and Darren and kids.

Posted by Willie ruth Borders - Westmoreland, TN - Friend   March 31, 2015


Always remember her as being a kind and loving loving lady. It is sad she has left us.

Posted by Rick Weatherby - Nashville, TN - Friend   March 30, 2015

Love this sweet woman. She was like a mother to me. Always cut up and picked at me. My fondest memory of her was when I bought my first truck she decided to roll it inside and out with toilet paper. Sure do miss her and always will love her. My prayers are with the family.

Posted by Fred Lowe - Portland, TN - Friend   March 30, 2015


You are loved more than you know and you'll always be in our hearts. Be with God beloved Aunt Marilyn

Posted by Andrea St.John Nocher - Lincolnton, NC - Niece   March 30, 2015

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