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Melinda Seely (born Hutchison)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: September 17, 1942

Date of Death: August 15, 2020

Birth Place: Mt. Vernon, IL

Death Place: West Valley City, UT

Melinda Seely

1942 ~ 2020

Melinda Seely, Age 77, passed away on August 15, 2020 in West Valley City, UT. She was born September 17, 1942 in Mt. Vernon, IL to Maurice Arthur Hutchison and Imogene Myrtle Moore. She graduated from Green River High School where she met her sweetheart, Robert L Seely and later married on June 23, 1962 in Ely, NV. Melinda is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Gwendolyn Flynn, son, Franklin Lee Seely, and husband.

Melinda retired from the US Postal Service after 28 years of service. She had many fulfilling positions including manager of the Pioneer Branch in Salt Lake City and Postmaster of Lehi and Magna, Utah. She was a champion of fairness and equal opportunity in the workplace and served as EEO Coordinator for the Intermountain West. She advocated for the rights of her co-workers and campaigned diligently for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Her career also brought her to assignments in San Francisco and Washington DC. One of her most enjoyable positions was training postmasters in Memphis, TN. During her tenure she prided herself on knowing every address in Salt Lake by heart and was able to sort mail faster than the mail sorting machines. After retiring from the Postal Service, she dedicated another 12 years to UPS and then decided to become a full-time “Granny” which was her most rewarding position.
Melinda was a techie, loved gadgets, and was an avid collector. She had a collection of media formats dating back to the 1930’s and was recently revisiting vinyl. Melinda was an early adopter of such now defunct formats as the 8-track tape, floppy disks, laser disks, Betamax, and the Atari 400 to name a few. In fact, she loved her Betamax tapes as much as her streaming services, and she LOVED her streaming services.
Melinda is remembered by her son, Scott (Kelly) Seely, daughter, Christine (Jim) Brown, Grandson, Nicholas Brown, and her loyal furry companion Charlie. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am MDT on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at the Scofield Cemetery, Scofield, UT. Services will be streamed live. Friends, family, and well-wishers may join by navigating to Zoom…

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home.

Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from August 23 to August 24, 2020.

[Wife of great- great-grandson of SGS #2337 – Robert Lee Jr.; Robert Lee; Joseph; Justus Wellington; Justus Wellington (#2337); Justus Azel (#836); Justus William; Joseph; John; Benjamin; Nathaniel, Robert]