Hope Mellion, 95


WARWICK, R.I. – Hope B. Mellion died Feb. 2 at St. Elizabeth’s Home in East Greenwich. She was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin Mellion. Born May 5, 1923, in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Rebecca Kortick Abrams.

Hope was a WWII Navy veteran, serving in Washington, D.C., using the skills acquired at Bryant and Pembroke Colleges. She was a charter member of the Cranston-Warwick chapters of Hadassah and served as chairman and president for two years earning the prestigious Woman of Valor Award in 1964.

For many years, Hope gave her time to help the disadvantaged and the infirm as a dedicated volunteer for the Rhode Island Food Bank and children and families of the Ronald McDonald House of Providence. Hope was an avid reader and shared her passion of reading for the blind on local radio. She was a generous financial supporter to many of her favorite charities dedicating much of her time and energy to philanthropic causes. She also found time for bridge club and mahjong with her closest friends.

Hope’s family and friends will fondly remember her exquisite fashion sense and culinary expertise; especially her perfectly delectable baked goods, most notably, her lemon chiffon whipped cream cake!

She was the devoted mother of Richard Mellion and his wife, Deborah, of Warwick, and Michael Mellion and his wife, Catherine, of Pawtucket and was the sister of the late Lila Green.  She was the loving grandmother of Adam Mellion, Kate Linden, Hannah Mellion and Eliza Mellion.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Ronald McDonald House of Providence, 45 Gay St., Providence, RI 02905.

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