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Janice Ellen Melson

November 25, 1947 - May 8, 2021

Janice Ellen Melson, age 73, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Born in Milford, DE, on November 25, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Isaac and Cora Marie (Seely) Warrington. Janice was raised in Bridgeville, and graduated from the University of Delaware. She made her career as a Family Consumer Science teacher for the Red Clay School District, and retired after dedicating over 30 years of service. Janice was a member of Skyline United Methodist Church and New Castle County 4-H Link. She was also a Master Food Educator for the New Castle County Cooperative Extension, and a Meado Larks 4-H Club organizational leader.

Janice delighted in sitting on the family deck in Lancaster, PA, and traveling around the U.S., where she visited lighthouses, embraced local cuisines, and attractions. She loved watching things bloom, and cherished time spent with her family on vacations, especially with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Janice was preceded in death by her brother, Everitt Warrington. She is survived by her devoted husband, Richard Cecil Melson; sons, Christopher Melson (Leslie), Alex Melson (Jody), and Ryan Melson (Lacey); sister, Joyce Simpson; sister-in-law, Cathy Warrington; aunt, Betty Swain; and grandchildren, Alyson Melson, Tyler Melson, Alexis Melson, Jordan Melson, and Grace Melson.

A graveside service will be held privately. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janice’s memory to Skyline United Methodist Church, 3100 Skyline Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808 or Delaware 4-H Foundation, 113 Townsend Hall, 531 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716.

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14 Guestbook messages for Janice Ellen Melson

  • Richard I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. Sincerely Patsy

  • We are so sad to hear of Janice’s passing. What a light and a joy she was to all around her! Our family sends its love and prayers for peace and comfort to her family and friends. She will be sorely missed and never forgotten.

  • Prayers to the Melson Family in this difficult time. Hoping you find some comfort in the memories.

  • Ryan and family:
    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet and precious mom.I am thinking and praying for you hearts. Again I am so sorry.

    Meredith Segal

  • Richard and family. So sorry for your loss. Janice was always so humble and kind. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God bless.

  • My sincere condolences. I so enjoyed all the activities Janice and I experienced over the years together in 4-H. What a wonderful person and mentor.

  • Dear Melson Family, Janice has been a great role model and has given her club members a tremendous amount of guidance and support over the past many years. We have all learned a great deal from her. Her kindness has made us all want to be a better person. Her contributions to the club and Delaware 4H will forever be remembered. Our deepest condolences to you for your loss.

    Sincerely,
    Eason, Linda and Paul.

  • I remember Janice as a sweet and kind young lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to my fellow classmate and friend Richard and the family.

  • Prayers to the Melson family ,so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the memories .

    Steve Woodward

  • So saddened to hear that Janice has passed. My prayers and condolences to Richard and her family.

    She was one talented lady and a great classmate friend. 🙏🙏❤️

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Moms are special. May God lift up your family during this sad time.

  • Janice will be truly missed. She was in my class in 2013 when we both started working as Master Food Educator
    at University of Delaware. Janice was always pleasant and easy to get along with. My deepest sympathy to Melson’s Family. Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely Chris

  • Richard and family, So sad and sorry to learn of Janice’s passing. We had a lot of great conversations at the hair salon. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. RIP

  • Janice will be greatly missed. Enjoyed sharing Thursday morning study with her for the last couple years. Sending prayers for comfort.