Published in The Washington Post on May 5, 2015
RUTH H. MELLINGTON
Ruth H. Mellington passed away on May 1, 2015 at age 94.
She was the daughter of Eugene Hord and Annie (Reid) of Washington, DC. Ruth had
two brothers, Eugene and Keith, and a sister, Lucile; all of whom have preceded her in
After graduating from Central High School (1939), she attended the Wilson Teachers
College (District of Columbia Teachers College).
When the United States entered World II, she suspended her studies to take a position in
the Federal Government. In 1945, she was presented with the Certificate of Appreciation
by the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development (Manhattan Project) "for
contributing to the successful prosecution of the Second World War". When her fiancée,
Malcolm Mellington, Jr., was in transit from the European Theater to the Pacific Theater,
they were married.
Like many women of the time, when the war ended, she became a homemaker. While
living in Lewisdale, MD, Ruth participated in a number of activities including the
Homemakers Club (Stitch and Chat), Cub Scout Den Mother and Bible study.
During their 68 years of marriage, Ruth and Mal parented three sons and a daughter:
Malcolm Mellington III (Louise) of Selbyville, DE; Stephen A. Mellington (Suzy) of Las
Vegas, NV; Douglas E. Mellington (Jenny) of Atlantic, VA and Lucille J. Tubandt of
Greenbackville, VA; all of whom survive her. She was a grandmother of eight and a
great-grandmother of eight. While raising her family, Ruth became the consummate
shopper and could often be found perusing the stores in Langley Park and Prince
Georges Plaza, in search of the ultimate bargain. She also enjoyed gardening and would
work alongside her husband to beautify the yard.
When her children matured, she kept active by returning to work, making good use of her
clerical skills. In 2002, Ruth and Mal moved to Atlantic, VA, to be near family. Ruth and
Mal loved cruising and were Diamond Club Members on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Throughout her life, she was very devoted to her family and friends and strived to be a
positive force in their lives. Although we miss her greatly, her principles of loyalty, honesty
and caring live on in those of us who were closest to her.
A burial service at Arlington National Cemetery will be held on a date to be determined.