Melanie Irwin Wallwork

July 31, 1952September 7, 2018

Melanie Irwin Wallwork, age 66, of Matthews, NC, passed away September 7, 2018. Melanie was born July 31, 1952 in Charlotte, NC to Anne Lambdin Irwin and the late Dwight Mercer Irwin.

She is survived by her husband, Dexter A. Wallwork, Jr.; mother; two sisters, Karen Irwin Phanco and her husband, Martin D. Phanco and Holly Adair Irwin; and a brother, Allen Lambdin Irwin and his wife, Angell McGinn Irwin.

Melanie was a graduate of East Mecklenburg High School and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Melanie was the owner of Irwin Farm, Inc. dba Animal Kennel Care. Melanie was also a breeder of Norfolk Terrier, finishing over 26 champions, with a Canadian and international champion. Melanie was a decorative painter and a stained glass art instructor.

A private graveside service will be held at the Sardis Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Monday, September 17th.

Mr. Wallwork wishes to thank the staff of Novant Health Hospice and Palliative Care for their compassionate care.


  • Private Graveside Service Monday, September 17, 2018

Melanie Irwin Wallwork

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Cathy Wallwork

September 21, 2018

Dear Dexter,
I didn’t know Melanie very well because I only met her a few times at Wallwork funerals and celebrations. I do remember you well as a child. You were an only child in an extended Wallwork family where most of us cousins had many siblings. I was honestly a little jealous of all the undivided attention you got from your parents.
As a child and an adult you have been a calm, sensitive and peaceful person. I saw you and Melanie with the same spirit of peace.
It is with great sympathy that I read of Melanie’s passing. I can only imagine what a loss this is for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
All my best,
Cathy Wallwork