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Weed Corley Fish Funeral Homes and Cremation Services

3125 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Melinda E. Dunn

January 26, 1954February 3, 2020

Melinda Dunn, age 66, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side on Monday, February 3, 2020. Melinda was born in Fort Benning, Georgia to Colonel James A. Evans, Jr. and Rena Belle Evans of Houston, Texas. A proud daughter of the Air Force, Melinda traveled the world with her parents and siblings. Melinda and her parents later moved to Austin, Texas where she graduated from St. Edward’s University. Melinda was a passionate Democrat who believed in the importance that all Americans vote, no matter their party affiliation.

After 25 years working as an Project Manager for Stolt Nielsen where she met her husband, Melinda spent her retirement traveling, working in her garden, teaching English to those new to the country at the Fort Bend Literacy Council, marching with Moms Demand Action, donating to Planned Parenthood, becoming an active member of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and finding a good deal on shoes at Neiman Marcus.

Melinda was also a proud mother to her son William, supporting his interest in the arts, and his partner Joseph. Melinda went back to school in 2012 to gain her MBA when she was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. Having had experience with her husband’s Stage IV melanoma diagnosis in 1990, Melinda understood she could persevere with a positive attitude and with the help of her outstanding pulmonary and thoracic teams at MD Anderson. She spent the next eight years of her diagnosis traveling to South America and Europe, learning about wine with her husband, and volunteering at MD Anderson to give others with her same diagnosis hope and someone to lean on.

Melinda is survived by her husband Paul, son William, sister Barbara Ann Watson, brother James A. Evans III, and her loving in-laws in the United Kingdom.

Services will be held for Melinda at 10:00 am on Thursday February 13, 2020 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas, 78705.

In memory of Melinda Dunn, contributions may be made to Dr. Byers’ Lung Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or www.mdanderson.org/gifts.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • William Dunn, Active Pallbearer
  • Joseph Hicks, Active Pallbearer
  • James Evans, III, Active Pallbearer
  • Jer Evans, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert Watson, Active Pallbearer
  • Al Watson, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Interment Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Kerrie Dunn-Christensen

February 12, 2020

As my aunt, I have known Melinda since I was a small child, but in the summer of 1996, along with Paul and William, she welcomed me into her home with open arms. I will always have fond memories of her infectious laughter, her ‘get up and go’ attitude and her constant ability to listen and learn from others and their experiences.
As avid cooks and bakers, we made many a meal together and ‘wowed’ our dinner guests with a novice attempt of a soufflé - something she was always proud of and spoke of often :-). As well as this, we had a common love for retelling stories and laughing at the humorous side of different situations that life often throws at you. Over the years, when ever we have spoken or met up, Melinda was very supportive towards me and my children. She was an amazing person to be around.
Melinda, you were special and will be sorely missed; however, you will always be alive in my heart and will continue to live through your son, William. Love always, Kerrie xx

Juanita Smith-Moore

February 12, 2020

My heart goes out to Paul and William and Lola. My prayers goes out to the family as well.

Missing you

Your smile
Your voice
Your sense of humor
Your charm
Your style of clothes and shoes and bags
Your likes and dislikes
Your love for your family
Your wit
Your way of making everything better
But, what I will really miss most of all is our friendship over the years.

Love you Melinda Dunn
From: Juanita Smith-Moore, My Daughter Alanah Rainey and Tyrone Moore


GERI WELLS

February 11, 2020

Melinda has become such an important presence in my life since about 2004 that I am admittedly struggling to come to terms with her absence. My heart breaks for you, Paul and William, and I extend my deepest sympathy to your entire family (…and Lola, who will undoubtedly miss her too!). Melinda’s positive attitude and the way in which she ‘seized each day’ remains an inspiration to me. I will always cherish her friendship, the memories we made together, and the ways in which she chose to give of herself to others.
“By Love she is Remembered. By Memory she Lives.”

Margie Mykytyn

February 11, 2020

Paul, I was saddened to hear about Melinda passing. She had the most remarkable smile and laughter. Sending you and Will our deepest and sincerest condolences. Margie and John Mykytyn

Gracen Smith

February 11, 2020

Melinda was a great co-worker and friend. I got to know Melinda during our 3-year JDE project while working at Stolt. She was always a positive and encouraging person who made each day brighter and something to look forward to. You couldn't be in her company without finding something positive. Her love of great food, good wines, great company and conversation are what I remember most from those days. We'll miss you, Melinda!

Teri Corbett

February 10, 2020

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Melinda's untimely passing. We worked together for many years at Stolt and I will never forget her laugh and her uplifting spirit. My thoughts and prayers go out to Paul and William and all of her family and loved ones. Holding you all close to my heart and showering you all in much love and light. Love never dies.

Melinda will never be forgotten.

Teri Corbett (CBT)

Ann McDonald Feltch

February 6, 2020

Paul and Will,

I was so sorry to hear about Melinda. Always enjoyed working with her at Stolt. We really had fun together even after I left. Spoke to her on and off after we moved to CT . Tried to find her to reconnect after the kids were grown in 2013 ish but did not realize that she had moved. Sad I did not try harder. She really was a wonderful person.

With kind regards,
Ann McDonald Feltch

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