A grand old gal...

Friday, September 02, 2011

A grand old gal...

...has left us, as Melissa Fredey died this morning in her home at The Buoy on Mill Road.

A tough old Marine Corps widow, she was every bit the Southern lady to the very end, and we are greatly diminished at her passing.

More later.


1. Jeanne Speir said...

What a woman. I will miss her verbal Southern Comfort and her perfectly pitched sense of humor. Melissa was one of a kind.

And Melissa, if you're listening, are we going to hear you at the funeral? Odds are that we will.

What a wicked sense of humor she had!

2. Tugboat Bertha said...

She was a grand lady and will indeed be missed. We are losing friends hand over fist lately. It's alarming!!

3. Ray Malone said...

Must be that "season" (as if death ever takes a season off):

Edwina Dougherty Malone Proper (known to her world as "Mickey" of Lane & Mickey's Bamboo Restaurant) passed quietly in Riverhead yesterday while surrounded at her bedside by her husband Lane and her six children. Funeral and Mass arrangements to be in Westhampton Beach Tuesday and Wednesday. Details to follow.

Thank you for sharing the sad news, Ray... sorry for your troubles.

4. Charlotte Hulse Lander said...

One of my mom's dearest friends. Here's hoping they are together again. I'll miss her.

Only natural... two great ladies!

5. 1340 said...

Having known the Colonel and meeting Mrs. Fredey numerous times, is indeed one of the blessings of living in the area.

Aye that!

6. Jeanne Speir said...

She told me such a story this Summer about the evening she won the first Golden Flashlight Award at the Performing Arts Center. It's a tale of Class vs Crass. If you see me in the Village I'll give you the names and circumstances.

The Colonel's wife won on all levels!

A wickedly funny lady.

7. Margaret Bisson Wheatley said...

Valued family friends, Melissa and Dick were charged with coming to tell me about my father's (a retired Marine General) sudden death in California (when I was in boarding school on the East Coast ) in 1959. Their kindness is never forgotten! I think of them often as we use their lovely wedding present from 1971.

"Remembered with love" is my truism!

– Margo Bisson Wheatley

Only knew one daughter, and she was, and likely still is, a head case... dropped her mother's name back on the '80s and took a more "modern" one. ("Brie," as I recall.) The other one I'm told works/worked at the Westhampton Library but I have no idea who she is.

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