Grace Bernice Mellon, of St. Augustine, Fla., died March 4, 2014, at her home. She was born April 20, 1916, in McKeesport, Pa., to Thomas and Marion Granger. She graduated from McKeesport High School in 1934 and a Pittsburgh-area secretarial school; her yearbook stated her interests were in the field of literature and English.
She is survived by daughter Elizabeth (Betty) McCrady King, St. Augustine, and step-son T.A. (Alec) Mellon IV, Ligonier, Pa., and James W. Mellon at the Duval Home in Deland; grandsons, Jason M. King, (Morgan) Jacksonville, Andrew King, St.Augustine, Barrett King (Jacksonville) and Robin Arnold (Misha), St. Augustine; great-grandchildren, Marina McGonigle, Ashton King and Saylor King. Preceded in death by husband E.P. (Ned) Mellon II, Bernice passed peacefully at home into the arms of our Lord with family and friends surrounding her.
Bernice, who was an auxiliary member at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she did volunteer work for many years. She was a member of Shadyside Presbyterian Church until she moved permanently to St. Augustine in 1964 and attended Flagler Memorial Presbyterian with E.P. Mellon; later, she joined Grace Methodist.
Bernice enjoyed fly fishing in the streams at Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier, Pa., and tarpon fishing with Ned in St. Augustine and received several trophies for her accomplishments. She also enjoyed casual boating trips in a small, green skiff, "Bernie's Choice," down the Summer Haven River with Ned and others. Her family and friends meant the world to her, and she hosted oyster roasts, cook-outs, and family dinners at the Cove Tavern Inn. Golfing was another hobby that she delighted in at the Ponce de Leon Country Club with her close friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
The family would like to thank her caregivers, Doreen Johnson, Frances Shepherd and Community Hospice. Flowers are gratefully declined; donations to Community Hospice or the Duval Home in Deland.
There will be a graveside service at Craig Memorial Park on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. Family and friends are invited to a reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Ripe Bistro in the Anastasia Plaza on A1A Beach Boulevard.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of the arrangements. www.craigfuneralhome.com.
Craig Funeral Home Memorial Park
1475 Old Dixie Highway St. Augustine, FL 32086
Published in St. Augustine Record on Mar. 8, 2014