Swanton - Melodye Jean Wells, 67, passed away on August 2, 2012, in the comfort of her home with her family at her side after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Born on August 14, 1944, in St. Albans, Melodye was the daughter of the late Filmer and Francis Leadbeater.
Melodye married David Theodore Wells in St. Albans on August 22, 1964. David was a long time employee of People's Trust Company and completed his journey in life on April 28, 2007.
Melodye was a 1962 graduate of Bellows Free Academy, and was employed for 23 years at A.N. Deringer, Inc. After the insurance division was purchased by Hackett Valine & MacDonald, Inc., Melodye enjoyed another 11 years of employment and managed the Select Business Unit where her diligent care for her clients made her a valued and respected employee.
She held several insurance designations, was a member of the Red Hat Society, a communicant of Holy Angels Parish and volunteered for Hospice.
Melodye enjoyed the ocean, traveling, casinos, the great outdoors and being with her family and friends. Her happiest moments were spending time with her two grandchildren Zachary and Aubrey.
Melodye is survived by her two daughters, Kim Wells and her husband, Charlie Utz, of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts and Robin Wells and Fiancé, Brian Devaney of Swanton, Vermont; her grandchildren, Zachary Utz and Aubrey Claire Devaney; brothers, Arnold and Robert Leadbeater, sister, Lorraine Martin; sister-in-law, Joanne Wells and her partner, Michael Cain; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Sally Wells; several nieces and nephews, her best friend, Sally Severy and her beloved cat Smuggs.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, August 5, 2012, from 4 to 8 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 6th at 11:00 A.M. in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Lake Street, St. Albans. Interment will follow in the family lot in Sheldon Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Private messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.