Melody Ruth Chung

December 13, 1954November 28, 2011

Melody Ruth Chung, 56, of Orleans, MA, died on November 28, 2011. Born on December 13, 1954, in Burlington, VT, she was the daughter of Mr. Jim and Joyce Chung. After graduating from Burlington High School, Melody worked at the University of Vermont as a Library Assistant overseeing Gift Records. She later moved to Cape Cod, Orleans, MA where she earned her Associates Degree at Cape Cod Community College. Melody loved life, counted her blessings and valued the treasures that were free and that truly signified wealth. Lovingly, with positive thinking and creativity she put her perfectionism, spirit and love into her family and everything she did. To her son Bobby, she was a devoted mother, teacher and a friend. They shared many laughs and adventures traveling up north. Melody was a teacher providing guidance for any situation even when the situation seemed that there was no guidance to give. She taught him many things in life from cooking to wood working and was a true inspiration to him. Melody loved her son very much. Melody had many creative sides to her and showed it through all her projects and the many beautiful gifts given to the family. She was everything from an artist, chef, carpenter, seamstress, crafter in needlework, stained glass maker, gymnast, dancer, musician and even taught swimming. She created beautiful needle point works that hang in her family’s homes. Melody was and expert craftswoman making stained glass lamps, windows and mirrors. Her carpentry skills were put to work fixing up the family camp with her mother. She created holiday cooking extravaganzas that were enjoyed by everyone. Melody was known as the “Queen of Leftovers” due to her imaginary culinary talents. To her nieces and nephews she was a teacher teaching them to swim, ski, cook and enjoy life. Melody was a very loving and giving person and would do anything for anybody and help in any way she could and never asked for anything in return. Melody was amazing, strong willed and always looked at the positive in every situation. Melody was truly loved and appreciated by everyone and will be missed very much. Melody is survived by her son, Bobby Newton from Rhode Island; mother, Joyce Chung of Orleans, MA; brother, WaLun Wong, of Orleans, MA; sisters; Minnie Chung of Manchester, NH, Lida Yuen of Orleans, MA, Kim Warren of Bennington, VT; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way in Orleans, MA. A funeral service will follow the calling hours at 1 pm at the funeral home with The Reverend Canon Charles Morris, officiating. Burial will be private at a later date. Flowers are welcome or donations in Melody’s memory may be made to The March of Dimes Foundation, The Lupus Foundation of America or The National Kidney Foundation.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 3, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 3, 2011

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Stephanie Woo

December 10, 2011


Although I didn't know you well, I can see the tremendous affect you had on your family. Your love, kindness and support touched all who knew you. The world is a sadder place for it has lost a shining star. The angel that was put on this Earth has left us too soon! You'll be sadly missed!

Rest in peace.

Tim, Stephanie and family

Oeiyin Yuen

December 10, 2011

Aunt Melody,

What can I say...except you left us too soon. In your short life, you accomplished so much. It was not only what you accomplished in life that will be remembered but also what a kind hearted, generous, positive and amazing spirit you had.

You looked after all of us nieces and nephews as if we were your own childeren. You supported us in everything we did, helped us with all of our projects, gave us advice and listened when we needed you to.

I want to thank you for all you have done for me and everyone. I also want to thank you for all you have taught me in life. Most importantly, I want to thank you for loving and supporting me. You will always hold a special place in all of our hearts. See you on our next journey in life.

I love you and miss you very much,

Minnie Chung

December 9, 2011


I'm so overwhelmed with emotion trying to write this. There are so many pictures of you flashing in my mind: from a child climbing up the Mary Fletcher hill in Vermont when we went sledding, to the beautiful woman you turned out to be. You faced life with courage and faith, compassion for others, a positive attitude, and that radiant smile, determined to live each moment to its fullest. You may have had a gentle spirit but you could also be very protective of those you loved.

When I close my eyes I can visualize all kinds of art work and books in your room: philosophy, psychology, alternative medicine, gardening, human anatomy, biology and others.

I think you had too many philosophy and psychology books because the analysis generated some great debates. We didn't always come to the same conclusion but many of the conversations ended in peals of laughter.

I loved the hours we spent sharing information and experiences with alternative medicine, acupressure, energy healing, and meditation.

In the garden, you had a green thumb, the plants in my gardens just reached out to hug you when you came to visit. I can see you fussing with Mom's plants and the special attention you gave to Tama's.

For help with artistic and structural design of craft projects, you were always there to offer suggestions and help to others. Your drawings and craft projects were a compliment to your skills, requiring attention to the smallest detail and an abundance of patience.

As an accomplished cook, the food you prepared was a delight but following your recipes was a challenge. I couldn't figure out why my dishes, remember the faccioa bread, never tasted like yours. After reviewing the ingredients, you laughingly told me how to correct the recipe. You said that sometimes you modified the ingredients as you were creating the "master piece" but didn't always make the notation on the recipe card. Your tools were sight, touch, smell, and taste with a pinch of this or that thrown in and the magical ingredient of imagination.

I know there were painful days when it would have been easier to lie in bed and have someone take care of you but you had that independent spirit. Even on those days you'd engage in small tasks around the house and try to do something to make another person's day brighter. Your efforts didn't go unnoticed. I thank you for the care you gave Dad and the "tender loving care" you gave Mom.

I'm so glad you joined us this autumn to "walk" in the hills of Vermont and enjoy the foliage. There's a feeling of peace and home in those mountains. Bill, Mom and I will cherish those memories.

I was blessed to have such a wonderful loving sister.

Rest in peace.

I love you.

I'll really miss you.

With love,

Your sister Minnie and Bill

Matthew Warren

December 9, 2011

Melody was a warm and caring person. She always wanted to please others, especially with her cooking. Mel never complained about her own troubles. I will always miss her warm and optimistic personality. I will miss the outstanding dishes she spent hours preparing. God bless you Mel and rest in peace, for you are loved.

Michelle Mark

December 9, 2011


You are an incredible person, loved by many family and friends. Thank you for all of your tender loving care you have given through out the years. You have been an inspiration and touched our lives with your positive views, selflessness, creativity and generosity which will remain with us for years to come.

I always looked forward to seeing your welcoming and warm smile. I enjoyed our conversations as you were always considerate and thoughtful. I am eternally grateful for your kindness. I thank you from the bottom of my soul for reminded me to consistently view the cup as half full. I will remember all of the delicious dishes you prepared when we came to visit. It's hard to say which one was my favorite but you had a special touch when it came to your oatmeal cookies.

We were blessed to have you in our lives and will miss you dearly. May you rest in peace.


Kim Warren

December 8, 2011


Thank you for being not only a caring sister but also a best friend who I could always talk to, confide in and rely on.
I feel so fortunate to have shared so many wonderful experiences together thru out your whole short life.
You inspired me with your compassion, positive outlook, knowledge, and always seeing the beauty of the world.
I smile thinking of how opposite we are and how we laughed about your perfection while doing anything and me just wanting to get it completed.
Your conversations, company and smile are sorely missed. I miss coming home and not seeing your Melody touches around the house.
All should learn from your humility as you were always doing for others from the goodness of your heart with out ever expecting any thing in return.
Rest in peace dear Melody.

Love Always
Your sister, Kim

Mel (Melody) Barkley

December 6, 2011

TO all of Melody's family and friends: I did not know your Melody, but from all of the tributes and memories shared here, she certainly was a wonderful woman; kind, caring, thoughtful and genuine. I, too, am Melody, born on Dec 13, 1955 (just a year later) and also from Cape Cod. I wanted to send my deepest condolensences to all of you who knew and loved her so much. I wish you all peace and love.

Chan Family

December 6, 2011

After reading all the loving messages here, it was so difficult not to be overwhelmed with sadness and sorrow. These heart-felt messages from Melody's friends and family are a testimony of a kind of person Melody was.

A good, caring, loving, and selfless person has left us.
A loving mother, sister, aunt, and friend have left us.
Our memories of Melody have not left us. These memories will help us fill some of the emptiness left by her passing. These memories will remain forever.

Rest in Peace Melody.

With deep sadness,
Peter, Susan, and Lauren Chan

The Lee Family

December 6, 2011


We are all very saddened by your departure, but we will continue to remember the wonderful times we had with you when we visited the Cape. You were always so generous, welcoming, and considerate.

You always found the time to stop by the Yuens' to say hello, and you thoughtfully brought gifts for the girls; we were thankful for your sweet gestures each time, and still are. Spending time at Grandma Joyce's and catching up with you over luncheons was something that we looked forward to during our visits. Macaroni salad and oatmeal cookies with papaya will always remind us of you, and our family still raves about your creative and yummy recipes.

We love your kind and caring spirit, and you'll be in our hearts and memories forever. You're in a better place now, may you rest in peace.

Ray, Sandra, Nicole and Stephanie Lee

Vivian Fay (Hopper)

December 6, 2011

Beautiful Melody... it's been a long time. Reading about you from your family and friends reminds me of what a truely beautiful soul you are. Every memory of you comes with that big beautiful smile of yours, and kindness. When I think of you, I think big white furry boots (back in style now!!) on our treks up Church St after school, and our gross choice of french fries and gravy with cheesecake and grape soda at no other than Woolworths! Rest in peace, my friend. I love you, Mel. We'll catch up some day. To the Chung Family - my deepest sympathy. Hi Lida... so sorry.