July 31, 1942 – May 3, 2014
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Melinda Lee Meredith. Surrounded in love with her family and friends, Melinda returned to her Heavenly Father on Saturday, May 3, 2014. After a valiant and courageous battle with cancer she, at last, found peace.
Melinda was born July 31, 1942 in Los Angeles, CA to proud parents, Marjorie R. and Lavern L. Ford. She had two siblings, brother, Jack and sister, Margaret. The family relocated to Columbus, (Arlington) Ohio, where she grew up. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelors in Education and received her Masters in Education at Cal State Northridge. Melinda married William “Mac” McBride and had one son, Brett McBride. Shortly thereafter, Melinda and Brett moved to Southern California. Melinda taught at Manzanita Elementary School in Newbury Park for 30 years. In 1974, she married Leslie “Les” Meredith. She then became step-mom to two more children, Laurie and Jon. At the time of her death Melinda resided in her dream home on the beach in Ventura.
Melinda was preceded in death by her husband, Les, her father, Lavern Ford and her sister, Margaret Schommer. She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Ford of Ventura; son, Brett McBride, (Jennifer); grandson, Mason Antonio McBride, step-daughter, Laurie Oberlander (Rod); step-son, Jon Meredith (Debbie); grandsons, David Huston and Geoffrey Stebner; brother, Jack Ford (Soledad), of Camarillo; brother-in-law, Ron Schommer; 5 nephews, Curt Schommer, Kyle Schommer, Brien Ford, Christopher Ford, Nick Ford and their families; and her former husband, Mac McBride (Lynda), of Ft. Myers, Florida.
Melinda will be sorely missed. She will be remembered by her loving and giving spirit. Melinda loved to laugh, had an infectious giggle and she had a dynamic personality. She enjoyed long walks on the beach, the occasional mimosa, playing Bunco, and was an avid traveler. Melinda also recognized the act of giving back, working for some charitable causes and supporting her churches. She volunteered at Pierpont School in Ventura, and Operation Embrace at Harbor Community Church in Ventura where she attended services. She had also been a part of the congregation at Community Presbyterian in Ventura. Melinda also had a lot of friends through The Friendship Connection in Ventura. Beside all of her commitments, her favorite past-time was spending time with her grandson, Mason. She was the perfect grandmother, Mason and Grandma were true kindred spirits, Mason will always be Grandma‘s “Sugar”, as she so often called him.
Melinda’s light shone brightly through everything she loved, especially her love of family and her dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ. Not even grave infirmity could steal her joy or hinder her zest for life. All of this goes to the amazing character of Melinda Lee Meredith.
A Memorial Service was held on May 9, 2014 at The Pierpont Inn, standing room only, of course. In lieu of flowers, please remember Operation Embrace at Harbor Community Church, 3100 Preble Ave Ventura, CA 93001, Attn: Jennifer Garcia and memo Melinda Meredith.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura
- Memorial Service Friday, May 9, 2014
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Shirley McCarter Lambe
May 1, 2015
Melinda was the most special kind of friend. We met many years ago when we were young wives of officer pilots at McGuire Air Force Base. From that time forward, she was always dear to me, so caring and giving and always thinking of others. At Christmas time, I could always depend on getting her card with milestones of the year, usually my first one. I am sorrowful more than I can say about her passing, devastated that I did not find the opportunity to see her again. When Brett was born, I would keep him for Melinda sometimes. I know how proud she was of him, and how she adored Mason! Brett, I would like to get in touch with you. I would like to talk about your lovely mother and about you and your family. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. My mobile number is (678) 832-9380. It has been almost a year now, but I can only imagine how much you still miss her. My heart goes out to you, your family, and to all of Melinda's family, her mother, siblings and Les's children. Please accept, so belatedly, my deepest sympathy. I am sorry that I did not know at the time of Melinda's passing. I am heartsick now as though it just happened. Prayers to you all.
May 14, 2014
Melinda was mom#2 for 40 years, and will be sorely missed by Debbie and myself. Goodbye Melinda, we love you
May 12, 2014
Melinda and I taught next to each other at Manzanita Elementary in Conejo Valley. She was such a positive person, loved to laugh, adventurous, traveled to far away ports. I'm so glad to have known her, to have spent lots of time with her, to have had lots of fun together. I send my caring thoughts to Brett and his family and Melinda's mother and all the family.
May 12, 2014
Melinda was a wonderful lady. I had the privilege to know her through Friendship Connection. Melinda was always upbeat and smiling with such a positive attitude. she radiated love to all around her. I looked up to her. She fought so hard and did it elegantly and quietly. I deeply grieve her loss. She gave so much to Friendship Connection and to life.Rest in peace Melinda. Love Pat Oberg
May 12, 2014
Sending Prayers on The Wind to all of Melinda's family. I had the honor of knowing Melinda for a few short years as she attended my water class. She was the most positive influence ever. Coming to class during her treatment times made us all know how strong she was and just how strong we could also be. I was always happy to hear when she would come back from up North where she had spa time to relax. I thank you for providing that for her. She loved her family and always looked forward to seeing them. She was missed each time and we loved having her back in class.
My thoughts and prayers are with you now. She is a blessing, no matter where she is.
May 10, 2014
Thank you for posting the amazing story of Melinda. The Ford family was "our family" for sure. Melinda always had that radiant smile and warmth to share with others. So sad that she had to battle cancer, yet so thankful she is in the presence of Jesus in Heaven.
May 9, 2014
Melinda and I have kept in touch for over 50 years. She and her sister Margaret both took part in our wedding and their family were like family to ours. She certainly lived life to the fullest until she couldn't fight the cancer anymore. Our condolences to Jack and the rest of her family. Gene and Linda Newbright