ASHLAND — Vernita Faye Mellor, 87, of Ashland died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Crystal Care Center of Ashland.

She was born Aug. 21, 1931, in Alton, West Virginia, the daughter of Thomas E. and Delma Wyatt Long. She was a member of the Ashland First United Methodist Church and had been a cook for the Good Shepherd and Brethren Care Nursing Homes. She married Malcolm Mellor in 1949 and often told her daughters, a farmer’s wife was not a life she would have chosen but a life she was blessed to be given.

She is survived by five daughters, Marilyn (Thad) Mahoney of Seville, Carolyn Bettac of Ashland, Kathryn Linder of Jacksonville, FL, Betsy (Frank) Harris of Cave Creek, AZ, and Wanda Kennedy of Gibsonton, FL, nine grandchildren, 10 great-granchildren, two great great-grandchildren, two brothers, James (Helen) Long of Ashland and Thomas (Sherry) Long of Ashland, two sisters, Linda Zwally of Lakeland, FL, and Cinda Crider of Groveport, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Malcolm Mellor, June 9, 1995, and a daughter, Louise Elaine Mellor.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville with Rev. Anne Pairan officiating. Burial will be in Vermillion Cemetery.

Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio Health Hospice 800 McConnell Dr., Columbus, OH 43214, or a Hospice of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at


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