Sharon Hill Melson

Sharon Hill Melson passed away at her home in Frankford, Del., on July 18, 2018, while surrounded by her family, after a valiant fight against progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). She was born in Lewes, Del., daughter of the late Henry Hill and Marian (Wilson) Hill.

She married A. Douglas Melson, her high-school sweetheart, in 1963. Together, they purchased Watson & Gray Funeral Homes, with locations in Frankford and Millsboro, in 1965 and operated Melson Funeral Services until her retirement, adding locations in Ocean View and Long Neck. Melson was committed to caring for others, particularly as they experienced the difficult challenges associated with the death of a loved-one.

Gifted with a wide range of skills and abilities, Melson successfully balanced the needs of raising a family, operating a business and managing a home. She was a graduate of Lewes High School and of Southern Seminary Junior College in Buena Vista, Va. She enjoyed spending time with her family, dates with her husband, cooking, caring for animals, skiing and playing basketball.

Melson was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Hill Bader. She is survived by Doug, her husband of 55 years; her son, Vollie and his wife, Maggie; her daughter, Jennifer Athey and her husband, Hud; her brother, the Dr. William Theodore Hill and his wife, Caroline; and her granddaughter, Page Athey. 

The family expressed their sincere gratitude to those who cared for her during her illness.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del., where friends may call after 9 a.m. On July 26, 2018, another visitation will be held, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del. Interment will be in the cemetery of Prince George’s Chapel in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the R.W. Sweat Research Foundation, Inc.; 3288 Chamblee Tucker Rd.; Atlanta, GA 30341. Condolences may be sent online at