November 18, 1942 ~ September 3, 2013
Born Melanie Ruth Mathis in Crescent City, Florida and reared in Orlando, she won beauty pageants and many academic honors in her youth. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in English and history from Florida Southern College. She belonged to more honorary fraternities than any other woman in the state, and was named one of the top fifty college co-eds in the United States. Melanie also joined the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and performed in a synchronized swimming team while in college. She married Glenn Mucklow in 1964 in Orlando while completing her teaching internship for her degree in Winter Haven, Florida. Together, they followed Glenn's career to Vienna, Virginia; Melbourne Beach, Florida; Manila, the Philippines; Boston, Massachusetts; and Arlington, Virginia, where they lived for the last twenty-five years.
A strong-willed and independent housewife for her generation, Melanie was also an accomplished artist, and earned her master's degree in counseling from Stetson University. Over the years, she enjoyed reading, playing bridge, painting, traveling extensively, teaching, providing private and group counseling, serving as an Episcopal lay minister, praying in a Roman Catholic rosary group, and volunteering at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of African Art. She also served on several boards of directors, including the Ballston Partnership of Arlington, Virginia, the American Women's Club of the Philippines, and a regional board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida as well as her condominium board.
Melanie loved Christmas. She would buy thoughtful Christmas gifts for her family and friends all year, and always decorated extensively at Christmas. In addition, she would make small Christmas bags of gifts for people in her condominium that she did not know -- But, that she heard had done some community service, or something special for someone, or were sad for some reason. She made little to/from tags with the image of a little mouse wearing a Santa Clause hat, and said the gift was from Anony Mouse -- like anonymous. Late on Christmas Eve, the bags would be hung on the recipient's doorknobs.
Melanie is survived by her loving husband of nearly 50 years, Glenn Harris Mucklow; daughter Shawn Williams (Kent) of Arlington, Virginia; son Eric Mucklow (Lacy) of Springfield, Virginia; sister Joy Bowen (Dean) of Altamonte Springs, Florida; stepbrother Dr. Elliot Moon (Carolyn) of Atlanta, Georgia; cousin Stephanie Bates of Lawtey, Florida, who was like a daughter to her; and grandsons Jonathan and David Williams.
Her many friends in Florida, Virginia, and around the world, would tell you that Melanie was a giving and forgiving person - a wife, mother, teacher, artist, mentor and friend who perceived in others the potential for being better than they themselves would have believed.
Funeral services were private at her request. Those who would like to convey a remembrance may send donations in her name to the Pastoral Care Ministry of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2609 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207 (www.stmarysarlington.org).
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived, what God has
prepared for those who love Him."
I Corinthians 2:9
Melanie was my Freshman year roommate at Florida Southern College and a joy to live with. She allowed me to decorate the our dorm walls with Hershey Bar wrappers and invited me to her home in Orlando during the times I could not get back to my home in Cleveland. She always got straight A’s and I always tried harder just to get a C+. She would help me with my home work or I would never have gotten the C’s. We remained long distance friends since the 1960’s and I will truly miss her.
My fondest memories were when we were at MaMa and PLM’s laughing and just visiting since she lived away and we didn’t see much of each other. She was a good listening board. I’ll miss talking with my little sister but am so glad she is with her God.
Melanie and Glenn are my son’s Godparents. They both helped and supported me so much in years past and I have thought of them often. Melanie was an angel on Earth and we will all be together again. Rest in peace with our Heavenly Father.
Melanie, a beautiful, sweet, loving lady. One who was always interested in others. A gift from God. A fine friend of ours. We will remember Melanie. Teddy and Eddie Chandler Melbourne Beach, FL
I had no idea she was so accomplished or had such a full life. She will be missed.
I have fond memories of Melanie and the time we spent together in Virginia in the late 1960’s. I was fortunate enough to be her neighbor, and she taught me to play bridge, which has remained a love of mine throughout life. She was always there for others, and always ready to try something new. The world has lost one of it’s lights and God now can enjoy the beam she will provide.
Cousin Glenn, we are so sorry for your loss now of a beautiful, brilliant wife/partner/love. And yet, we are glad for her release to her real home in heaven, where she waits for you, and for us, to join her. It will be nice to get better acquainted then!
I was blessed to be one of Melanie’s friends in Melbourne Beach. I never felt more capable, worthy, witty, creative, confident, etc., than when I was with her. What a gift she had to make everyone feel that way. The world needs more Melanies.