Melanie P. Wickersham

melanie wickersham
Melanie P. Wickersham

(Age 60)

Of Vienna VA, on Friday, December 10, 2010 passed away at her residence with her family by her side. Beloved wife of 36 years of Richard James Wickersham; loving mother of Richard Wickersham, Elizabeth Wickersham, Julia Wickersham; Sister of Karen Davis, Daniel Phelps, and Timothy Phelps and daughter of Warren and Julia Phelps. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren Richard Wickersham III, Joseph and Keirra Hintz.

Melanie Wickersham was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Falls Church VA. Melanie was a graduate of George C. Marshall HS and Radford University. Melanie was the owner, director and a teacher at The Learning Tree Preschool of Vienna. Melanie enjoyed playing bridge, creating art and working with children in the community.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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Memories Timeline


  1. Dick and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Melanie was such a beautiful, caring person and we always enjoyed the time we spent with her. John & Joan Barnes

  2. Dear Wickersham Family: Please accept our condolences. Melanie was so generous as to welcome our family into your home and sharing her southern hospitality (the north being Chicago). We are one of the many fortunate to have had the opportunity to enjoy the company of Melanie and are so sorry for your loss. “May her soul be bound up in the bonds of everlasting life.” The Eisenbergs

  3. Bill and I are so sad to have Melanie gone. We have such wonderful memories have her loving heart. We will miss playing bridge with her and enjoing her great cooking and cheerfulness.

  4. Dick, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the children at this very sad time. No words can describe the sadness in my heart, but the memories that I have of Melanie, especially as a small child will live on in my Heart. Melanie tought me my ABC’s, and would sing me a song that I did not know. I was 4 or 5yrs old. Melanie said it was our “special song”! It is as special to me today as the first time she sang it to me.The song was “Little Bunny Foo Foo”. When I think of Melanie the best word to desribe her, and the first word that came to my mind, is an ANGEL. Dick, Thank you for always looking out for me,and treating me as one of your own.You and Melanie were very fortunate to have had 36 wonderful years, and 3 Beautiful children, and 3 Grandbabies. I wish you Peace, Health, and Love! I love you very much! Always, Petrina

  5. Dear Dick, Janet has been keeping me up to date for months. I am thinking of you and know that you have been throguh a lot. My heart is with you and your family. Your old friend, Maureen

  6. Dear Mr. Wickersham and all the Wickersham family, You may not know us-we are Erica Pittman Harrison’s parents-but I feel as if we know you. Both Erica and our son-in-law, Josh, have always spoken highly of Mrs. Wickersham, and indeed, of all of you. We think of you as part of their extended family. Andy and I are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Wickersham’s death, and we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Of course, when I read the obituary, I immediately saw Melanie Phelps, from GCM HS. Now I feel even more sorrow, because I did not get to know her while we were grown-ups, although I remember her as a bright spot in our school days.

  7. A true lady whose beauty was intrinsic. Warm and wonderful. She’ll be missed by all who had the good fortune to meet her.

  8. Dick, Richard, Lizzie & Julia, Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of you on the loss of a wonderful wife, mother and friend. Melanie will be greatly missed by the many, many people who’s lives she has been a part of. We will miss her so much.

  9. Melanie was truely an angel sent to earth to be the best of everthing to everyone; including wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother and…best friend. She will continue to watch over us and guide and comfort us until we caan hold hands again one day. Love, Kitty

  10. Dick and Family, We are so saddened by your loss. Melanie was a wonderful person and my family will always cherish her generosity of spirit and her kindness to us. love, Hilary, Richard, Christopher, Kit and Hadley

  11. Dick, Richard, Liz and Julia, How lucky I was to have Melanie for a friend. She was there through laughter and tears. I will miss her terribly. All my love to you, Liz Corsa

  12. Dear Dick and family My heart breaks for you over this loss of so wonderful and loving a wife, mother, and grandmother. Melanie’s bright smile is strong in my memory and was a reflection of a beautiful and loving heart and mind. What a terrible unspeakable loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Nan

  13. Dick, Richard, Elizabeth, and Julie: My deepest condolences. Melanie was a wonderful, caring person and will always be fondly remembered. I’ll be thinking of you all at this difficult time. All the best–

  14. Paulette and I send our sympathies and condolences for your loss. We are thankful we were able to meet Melanie. Best regards to the family.

  15. Dear Dick, I am so sorry to hear this sad news about Melanie. She was always a role model for the younger family members and we all looked up to her as the beautiful, kind, and sweet cousin she was to us all. My prayers are with you, your children, and my cousins: Tim, Karen, and Dan; and Melanie’s parents: my Uncle Warren and Aunt Julia. Love to you all, Scarlett

  16. I was so sorry to hear about Melanie. I have such fond memories of her. Working with her at The Learning Tree Pre-School was a joy. Dick,Richard, Julia, ans Liz, May God give you the comfort that you need at this time. Doris Wilkinson

  17. When i moved here three years ago, I didn’t know anyone. Your family and Melanie welcomed me with open arms, gave me a place to live, and helped me get on my feet. Even when Melanie got sick, she always asked me how I was doing. She loved life, her family, and especially her Grandkids. She was the nicest and most loving person I know. My sincere condolences on her passing. May her memory be a blessing. All my Love, Becky Eisenberg

  18. Dick, Richard, Julia and Liz Please accept my condolences at this difficult time. I have fond memories of Melanie in the years that we were members of Vienna AAUW and when Rich was my son David’s room-mate at college. Melanie was a loving and outgoing person who I much admired.

  19. I was so sorry to read about Melanie in the newspaper today. Even though we had lost touch over the years, I remember her fondly and the times that we spent together drinking tea and watching Julia and my son Chris, play together in Montclair. Melanie was such a sweet person and I know she loved all of you so much. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Dear Dick, Tom and I were very sorry to learn of Melanie’s death. You have our condolences. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Tom and Maxine Terry

  21. Dear Dick, Richard, Elizabeth, and Julie, My deepest sympathy to the family. Words cannot express my sadness at the loss of such a kind, generous, beautiful and loving woman. We will keep Melanie forever in our hearts. Love, Donna

  22. Rich: Jocelyn and I are so sorry for you and your families loss. We will keep all of you in our prayer’s.

  23. Wick and family, My heart hurts for you. I will miss her smiling face. If I can do anything for you, please let me know.

  24. Our deepest sympathies are with your family. Mrs. Wickersham was such a big part of our family’s lives for many years as our 4 children, Jack, Peter, Bethany, and Bobby attended Learning Tree Preschool. I was impressed by Melanie’s kindness and patience with the children. We were blessed to have known her.

  25. I have no words my friend. You, Liz & your whole family are in my thoughts. Your mother’s absence will not go unoticed here on earth, & her presence will remain with everyone she came in contact with. Love to you 🙂

  26. I will miss my little bridge buddy who always played much better than she would admit. With a twinkle in her eye she would produce ONE MORE TRUMP and either make her contract or ruin someone else’s… but always with that wonderful twinkle and fabulous smile…who couldn’t love her?

  27. Your mom was always so welcoming and warm – she made people feel right at home. She remembered who everyone was, even among the multitude of her kid’s friends. I know she will be missed very much.

  28. Thanks to Melanie, the Learning Tree Preschool was a gem. Our three boys had such a wonderful experience there with her. Melanie’s warm personality and limitless patience with the children illustrated just how much she loved them. We loved her, too, and will miss her. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  29. Our hearts are so heavy and sad for the loss of Melanie. We love her so much. Melanie is the nicest, kindest, most loving and giving person. Melanie has always been totally devoted to her family: a loving Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mom and Grandmom. She saw good and beauty in everyone and everything. She accepted you for who you are. She did not brag or boast. Melanie spoke kindly and lovingly always. We will never forget Melanie and how she touched our hearts- her beautiful smile and twinkle in her eyes that always makes you smile, and warm and kind words and way. She may have left her earthly body, but will truly live forever in heaven and through her family and friends. Melanie’s life and ways can serve as a yardstick for what we hope to become. We know Melanie is in heaven now making God smile. You are all in our hearts and prayers. May God grant you peace and love in your hearts now and always. Love, The Hancocks – Al, Connie, Linda, David, Christopher

  30. Melanie was a genuinely kind and generous person who consistently placed other’s needs first and foremost. We shall always remember fondly our good times at the Learning Tree Preschool. We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire family at this difficult time. Melanie will be sorely missed by all. Mary and Robert Beyer

  31. Dear Dick and family, We send our love and prayers for the loss of dear Melanie – may the Lord give you all His comfort and peace as He sustains you at this time. With love, Peter and Joyce Hill

  32. Our hearts go out to you, Dick, and your family and we are deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Melanie will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as also will you.

  33. To Richard and all of your family, please accept our deepest condolances. Charis told us of your Mom’s fight this past year with her illness, and it reminded us how difficult this type of desease can be. But, also how special patients like you mom are and how heroic they become as they rise up to fight for more time with their family. May God richly bless you all during your grief. Please know that you mom tuched many during her life, our family included. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Ed and Roslyn Venditti

  34. My sincerest condolences to Richard Wickersham and the Wickersham family. I pray that your heavy saddened hearts will be lightened by our gracious LORD in your time of mourning. May the LORD bless you and yours. I empathize with you all in losing my father earlier this year.

  35. Wickersham Family – We are so sorry for your loss. May you have the strength to get through each day, and be able to support each other. Rich and Liz, especially thinking of you.

  36. I am so sorry to learn of Ms. Wickersham’s death. My children, Bert and Nora, were both in her class at the Learning Tree Preschool when they were 3 in 1994 and 1996. As their first teacher she has always held a special place in the hearts of our family. She was kind and loving and we are all saddened. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  37. Dear Richard and Family, Melanie was a joy to be with and will truly be missed by all. I wish there was something I could say to comfort all of you but that will take time. My thoughts and prayers are with all o you, Gd bless Betty Meier

  38. Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences. Our son, Charlie, attended the Learning Tree more than 15 years ago. His face would light up each and every day at the sight of Mrs. Wickersham. We are so grateful for the special way she had with children and for the role she played in his and our lives.

  39. Dick, Rich, Liz,and Julie I don’t think any words I could say would express how we truly felt about Mel and express the sorrow in our hearts! We were blessed to have her and she is missed!! The memories from your wedding, the beach vacations, the weekends at our farm, all the way to our phone call in months past have been flooding in to our thoughts. You all are forever present and she will never be forgotten! Our Love Always! GJ, Lisa, Jean, and Bill

  40. A great lady, Dick was not in any way worthy of her. Hopefully he is wailing and gnashing his teeth in utter remorse.

  41. Dear Richard, Oh, hell. So Sorry. Missing Mel today, every day. She is/was such a great spirit. XXXOOO

  42. Miss you mom! Wish you could meet little Melanie, shes such a happy baby. I talk to the kids all the time about you, see you again, i know your watching after Dad and us kids. Xo Your Angel baby

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