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Obituary: Mary Elizabeth Melton, North Vernon

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Mary Elizabeth Melton, 96, of North Vernon, Indiana, passed away at 3:57 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour, Indiana.

Mrs. Melton was born September 19, 1917, in Celina, Tennessee, the daughter of John and Ona Short Crawford. She married Ralph W. “Crickett” Melton September 17, 1938, in Albany, Kentucky. He preceded her in death November 29, 1994.

Mrs. Melton retired in 1979 as a food supervisor at the former Muscatatuck State Developmental Center in Butlerville, Indiana, where she had worked for 25 years. She previously worked as a designer for the former Regal Rugs from 1942 to 1959.

She was a member of First Christian Church and a 64-year member of North Vernon Order of the Eastern Star No. 183,  where she was a former Star Point and a former Mother Advisor of North Vernon Rainbow Assembly, International Order of Rainbow for Girls. She was a 1936 graduate of Alpine Boarding School in Alpine, Tennessee, and attended Tennessee Technical Institute in Cookeville, Tennessee, from 1936 to 1938. She enjoyed knitting and flowers.

She is survived by her two sons, Ralph (Sally) Melton of The Villages, Florida, and James (Terri Jo) Melton of Lexington, North Carolina; two daughters, Gail (Ron) Baczkowski of Annapolis, Maryland, and Diane (David) Fischvogt of Crofton, Maryland; five grandchildren, Jonette (Chris) Vagts of Crofton, Maryland, Bret (Lela) Melton of Lexington, North Carolina, Ryan Melton of Charlotte, North Carolina, Chris (Brea) Fischvogt of Baltimore, Maryland, and Matthew (Colleen) Fischvogt of Denver, Colorado; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

A graveside service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Vernon Cemetery, with the Rev. Anthony Sweeney and David Fischvogt officiating. Friends may call at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon, Indiana, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to First Christian Church in North Vernon.

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