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Melinda J. Fry
Melinda J. FryArtMelinda J. Fry, 57 of Richwood died early Friday morning, November 27, 2015 at Heartland of Marysville following her long battle with cancer.  She was born January 22, 1958 in Marion to Hubert H. and the late Mary Alice (Thompson) Fry.

Melinda was a long-time active member of the Richwood First Baptist Church where she was currently serving as president of the Women’s Group.  She was a 1976 graduate of North Union High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University from and Master’s Degree from Marygrove College.  A true creative spirit, Melinda loved art and music and had taught herself to play guitar.  She taught Art at North Union Middle School for 26 years, retiring in 2015.

She enjoyed going out with friends and family and traveling, especially to go near the water.   She loved camping and going to auctions.  She faithfully followed her kids and other family members to their various events.

She is survived by her father, Hubert Fry, Richwood; her son, Beau J. Lusk, Richwood; her daughter, Emma L. Lusk, Richwood; two brothers, William (Kim) Fry, Allen Center; Russell Fry, Richwood; two sisters, Jonella (Spiro) Michaylov, Redmond, Washington; Laura (Brian) Reeder, Richwood; dear nephews, Tim Fry, Nick Reeder and Chaz Reeder; her best friend, Vickie Willey, Prospect; and special aunt, Wilma Ross, Richwood.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Wesley Thompson officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 7 PM at the funeral home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 E. Ottawa Street, Richwood, OH  43344.

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#1 from: Becky LaRue
Richwood, OH
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 1:55 PM

To the family...so very, very sorry! Loved her much! Becky

#2 from: Teresa Rockenbaugh
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 2:23 PM

So sorry for the loss of a kind, special person and friend. She will be missed by many. Prayers for healing!

#3 from: Wayne Evans
N Canton, Ohio
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Melinda's death makes me sad. I remember her from our classes all through our school years. She was so nice and had long brown hair. I'm glad she had an active faith in the Lord. May He bless her family in the days ahead.

#4 from: Jami Cox
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Melinda was such an inspiration to my daughter. Great teacher and will be missed deeply!!!

Jami Cox

#5 from: Gail DeGood-Guy & Tom Guy
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Hubey and family.  We are so very sorry for your loss.  May God be with you all during this most difficult time.  

#6 from: Paula Parker
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM

So sorry for your loss.  Melinda will be missed. I always loved working with her.

#7 from: Tabitha Matheny-Alvarez
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 2:55 PM

My condolences to the family, especially her children Beau and Emma. I had her as an art teacher at North Union Middle School. She was very artistic and helpful. I remember her being so patient and kind also. Prayers to family and friends.

#8 from: Lynn Levelius
Mansfield oh
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Melinda was a wonderful lady. My prayers are with you during this time of sadness

#9 from: Dj Douglas
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Ms. Fry was the best art teacher in the world I had her last year in 7th grade. I was very upset when I found out she was retiring from being my art teacher. She was a great teacher and warmed my heart and made me laugh everyday. I give my condelences to her friends and family. God Bless You,

#10 from: Darrian Asbury
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Mrs.Fry was my favorite teacher in Middle School because every time I was made fun of she was there to help she always had me eat lunch in the art room with her. She was so always happy and so cheerful. I pray for the family they lost a beautiful angel.....r
Darrian Asbury

#11 from: Carlton and Ruth Jenkins
Richwood, Ohio
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 3:27 PM

We are friends and neighbors of Hubert and Rusty.
Melinda was our granddaughter's favorite teacher.  She will be missed by the young people of Richwood.  Our prayers for the family and for our good friends.

#12 from: Tiffany Little
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 3:41 PM

My condolences to the family during this very difficult time.

#13 from: Hope Beard
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 4:26 PM

My condolences to the family and friends. Praying for healing during this difficult time.

#14 from: Lynn and Shelley Beeney & Family
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Thoughts and prayer for Melinda and her two wonderful kids.  Melinda was such a nice person and great teacher.  Will never forget our parent teacher conferences with the boys.

#15 from: Ira & Alicia Somerville
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Deepest sympathies in your time of need. Draw comfort and strength from your memories.

#16 from: Kim James (Fields)
Columbus Ohio
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Hubert and Rusty - so sorry for your loss - thoughts and prayers

#17 from: Eva Mayberry Myers
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Bill and family, so sorry for your loss. May God comfort all of you at this time.

#18 from: Duane Tron
St. Paris , Ohio
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM

WE were very sorry to learn about the passing of Melinda.  We extend our prayers and heartfelt sympathy to family and friends during this time of sadness and loss.  Melinda was one of the nicest and most caring people I ever worked with when I was at North Union Middle School from 1991-1994.  I highly respected her and valued her kindness.  She was a very lovely lady who cared about her children and loved them very much.  Christ's Blessings!   ~ Duane & Mary Tron

#19 from: Maureen Albert-Welch
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

So very sorry for your loss. Melinda was a very special person.

#20 from: Terry's and Barb Kemp
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 7:20 PM

We are so truly sorry for the loss of such a wonderful gal.  The family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you hugs hubi

#21 from: Charles Dixon
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 7:37 PM

So sorry to hear...our love and prayers for the family...

#22 from: Kacie Biggs (Willey)
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 7:45 PM

They say that "Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life that want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what."
I can't really think of a better explanation than that for my mom and her BFF. It's a rare, unique, and beautiful bond that these two have shared since Kindergarten.
Although my heart is aching and so heavy for the loss of Melinda, I am so thankful to have known her my entire life. I love the picture below because it captures the essence of love and laughter that was shared.
To Melinda:
Thank you. Those words do no seem enough, but thank you for loving my mom unconditionally. Thank you for sharing crayons, toys, stories, laughter, heartaches, and joys long before she was my mom. Thank you standing by her and being there for her in ways and in times when I couldn't. Thank you for building your bond of friendship stronger over the years and becoming part of our family. Thank you for spreading your beautiful love, creativity, and light to my family and to the community that you have taught for so many years. You are loved, missed, and cherished eternally. heart emoticon

#23 from: Nancy Terry Brookbank
Monroe,North Carolina
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 7:58 PM

I was very sad to see this tonight...as I remember Melinda in my class...I didn't go but four yrs in Richwood but always remember her as a very sweet girl...always full of life..God Bless her and her family and friends as I know she was home town girl and will be grtly missed by many

#24 from: Garrett Frasca
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 8:49 PM

My sympathy goes all to Ms. Fry she was the best art teacher I have ever had. I can understand how hard it is to lose some, she wasn't a family relative but she was a very close friend in and out of school
                            Sincerely, Garrett Frasca

#25 from: Linda Wright Fischer
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 9:02 PM

To the family I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of growing up with you all.

#26 from: Brandi Shegog
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 9:34 PM

It's been many years since we spent time together but some of my fondest memories of my early 20's include Melinda. She was a great sister-in-law. I had no idea she was even sick. Praying for Beau and Emma... my heart breaks for you.

#27 from: Jodi (Barry) Stage
Grove City, OH
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 9:58 PM

I hold dear the memories of all the overnights that Melinda and I shared at my parents when we were younger. She had a very gentle spirit and that spirit will be missed. I pray for peace for her loved ones who will miss her dearly.

#28 from: Deb Tevis Clayton
Wadsworth, OH
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 10:15 PM

So sorry for your loss....
I was sad to read of Melinda's passing. I went to school with her and Vickie before moving away many years ago. I too remember her good heart, laughter, and being there for others. We will miss seeing her at our 40th reunion. She truly will be missed by her family/friends/students and church. God Bless - Deb Tevis Clayton- Class of '76

#29 from: Nancy George
Marysville, ohio
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 10:32 PM

It was a great privilege to have known and taught with Melinda at North Union Middle School.  She will leave a void in the hearts of all who were fortunate to have been in her life.  I am so sorry for your loss, Beau and Emma.

#30 from: Jean Wedding
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 10:38 PM

I would hear wonderful things about Melinda from students after they came to high school, and it was clear that she was loved by her former students. Emma, please accept my condolences to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jean Wedding

#31 from: Brittany bright
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 11:06 PM

So Sorry for the loss. She was a very kind hearted women.She will be missed

#32 from: Markie
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 11:45 PM

I was so devastated to hear of Melinda's passing. She touched my life in the simple act of teaching me to love & appreciate art. To this day I love being an artist & she is a big part why. Prayers for the family, she was a remarkable woman that I'll never forget!

#33 from: Marilyn Coleman
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 8:28 AM

I am sorry for your loss.  It is always hard to let go but particularly hard associated with a holiday

#34 from: Marty Harrison
Powell Ohio
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Rusty, Bill, and Dad Fry, I am so sorry for your loss of Melinda. She was a good soul and taught so many lessons beyond Art. God rest her soul.

#35 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Delaware, Oh.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 12:53 PM

To the Fry Family-Mike-Karen,
So very sorry for you loss,Keeping all of the family's in thoughts and prayers.RIP Melinda!

#36 from: Lori Fausnaugh Skinner
Gillette, Wyoming
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 3:20 PM

So sorry to hear about your loss Laura,praying for you and your family..

#37 from: Levi Lookabaugh
Richwood Ohio
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Sorry for you loss Emma your family is in my prayes

#38 from: Cynthia Lewis
Saigon, Vietnam
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 10:58 PM

Melinda was a beautiful, sensitive woman.  She had a spirit of endurance and set the bar high for those who walk through suffering.  She is now experiencing the Presence of God more completely without the veil of life.

#39 from: Logan
West mansfield
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 6:21 AM

Melinda was a awesome teacher, and a inspiration to all her student. We will all miss her very much, ecspecI ally me.

#40 from: Ken & Debi Hamilton
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 1:25 PM

To all of Melinda's family, we are so sorry for your loss. She was so loved.

#41 from: Janet Chadwick
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 3:05 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Melinda was so warm and welcoming to me when I first started at North Union. I am so glad I got to know her and my girls got have her as a teacher!My deepest sympathies.

#42 from: David and Nancy Wiley
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 2:55 PM

I am so saddened by the loss of a fellow teacher and friend.  She was just down the hall at the old middle school.  I know she has touched so many students lives and adults too.  She was a very special talented person and loved by all.  She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are extended to her family and close friends.

#43 from: PENIX FAMILY
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 6:40 PM

our thoughts and  prayers  are with you and your family GOD BLESS YOU in this time of sorrow

#44 from: Ted and Susie Kavanagh
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 8:43 PM

To all the family, we are so sorry for your loss. Praying God will comfort you during this very difficult time.

#45 from: Rebecca George
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 12:22 PM

  My earliest memories of Melinda are of a talented sixth grade student.  It is evident she used that talent as an art teacher to influence a number of young people.
  May God be with all those who love her and will miss her.
  Becky George  

#46 from: Deann Dixon
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Melinda was such a special person loved spending time with her in our younger years...heaven has gained a very special Angel...

#47 from: Mary Kay Stout Wahl
Green Bay WI
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 3:19 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Melinda was a wonderful and talanted person, Peace Be With You.

#48 from: Heather H
Lakeview, Ohio
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 4:11 AM

I send my prayers to Beau and Emma at this difficult time. She did equip you with many great qualities and belief in the Lord is one. As long as you 2 smile and your eyes light up, your mom will always live. Love you. Xoxo

#49 from: stacey coder
marion ohio
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 5:56 AM

My sympathy to the family. So sorry for this. She was a nice lady.

#50 from: Debbie Kincaid
North Union Colleague
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 7:43 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of Melinda. She was a great inspiration to many, and she will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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