Frances (Fran) M. Melick - November 01, 2014

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 NEW BALTIMORE Frances (Fran) M. Melick passed away peacefully at home Saturday, November 1st, 2014, surrounded by loving members of her family. Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene kept her pain free allowing her to live a wonderful full life right up until she was called home.

   She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Marshall (Buddy) B. Melick; a daughter Mary Melick and partner Thomas Brooks from Burlington County, NJ; A son Brian Melick and daughter-in-law Susan Farrell-Melick of Ravena, NY. A brother Donald Mallinger and sister-in-law Debbie Mallinger of Ohio. Fran was blessed with four grandchildren; Janelle Martin from NJ; Jarel Martin and his wife Desiree from Oceana NAS, Virginia Beach, VA; Evan and Brianna Melick from Ravena, NY as well as being survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews.

   Fran was blessed to live an incredible happy and full life. She retired from Capital Newspapers - Times Union as Chief Accountant after 35 years of service during which time she graduated (Sigma Cum Laude) with a Bachelors of Business from the College of Saint Rose. She worked part time as a book keeper for the RCS Community Library while holding several offices as an active member and supporter of the Hudson - Athens Lighthouse. Fran was an active dance student (square dancing, line dancing, ballroom, and various styles of Latin dance) while participating in Silver Sneakers, Zumba and Yoga. An avid traveler domestically as well as internationally, she and Buddy took several trips around the US as well as several cruises to include the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean; Alaska as well as land tours in Asia and several in Europe highlighting frequent getaways to what was to become Fran's favorite - Rockport, Mass. Next to God, family and friends, the ocean was Fran's salvation.

   Fran enjoyed many hobbies such as stamping, dancing, traveling, reading, and crossword puzzles. A long sustaining member of the New Baltimore Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary, Business and Professional Woman and a volunteer for many years to help the growth of youth through Girl Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America, and Junior Achievement.

   She was a very active member and supporter of the New Baltimore Reformed Church serving many years as a faith educator, committee chair, deacon and church elder. New Baltimore Reformed Church was her spiritual home.

   The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donation may be made to either the New Baltimore Reformed Church, PO Box 434, New Baltimore, NY 12124 or to the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society, PO Box 145, Athens, NY 12015 in her memory. Thank you for your consideration.

   A celebration and memorial of Fran's life will be held Saturday November 8th, 2014 between 9 am - 12 pm.  Funeral service beginning at 12 pm at the New Baltimore Reformed Church, 52 Church Street, New Baltimore, NY 12124. Followed by interment at Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, Route 9W, New Baltimore, NY.  Fellowship to follow at New Baltimore Reformed Church.