Melinda A. Hulit

November 15, 1963 ‒ April 18, 2020

Loudonville, Ohio

Melinda A. Hulit passed away after a long battle with cancer Saturday, April 18, 2020, in OhioHealth Hospital Mansfield surrounded by her family. She was 56.

She was born on November 15, 1963, to parents Oliver W. & Elsie (Frank) Vaughan in Loudonville. Melinda graduated from Loudonville High School with the class of 1981. On September 22, 1984, she married Donald Hulit and they spent 35 wonderful years together. The pair was inseparable and Melinda truly enjoyed every minute with Don.

Melinda worked as a cook locally for more than 40 years. She started at Raiders and retired from Hanover House. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed watching George Lee, a dirt track racer, on the weekends. Melinda, a dog lover, also loved and cherished all her dogs throughout the years.

She is survived by her husband Donald Hulit of Loudonville; sons Shaun (Tiffany) Hulit of Panama City Beach, FL and Aaron Hulit of Loudonville; grandchildren Sydney and Landon; her mother Elsie Vaughan; brother Mark (Jen) Vaughan; and her Lhasa Apso Leo.

Melinda was preceded in death by her father Oliver W. Vaughan; her brother Mike A. Vaughan; special friends Ray & Frances Heffelfinger; father-in-law Russell Hulit; and brother-in-law David “Fuzz” Hulit.

The Hulit family will receive friends Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel. A graveside service honoring Melinda’s life will be held Friday, April 24, 2020, at 1 p.m. in Loudonville Cemetery. The graveside service will also be broadcast live on the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel Facebook page.

Contributions in Melinda’s memory to the family may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Melinda’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Rest in peace my dear friend, you are going to be greatly missed, I am so thankful for the memories that we got to share throughout our child and adulthood. Prayers to the Vaughn and Hulit families.
    God Bless,
    Jerrilynn McDaniel

  • Shaun & Tiffany
    So sorry for your loss. We love you and you are in our prayers.

  • Red, Shaun & Tiffany, Aaron: Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache, but those who care for you share your grief and wish you comfort and peace of mind.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family! Melinda will be missed! Her laughter and smile always brightened my day!

  • So sorry for your loss. Melinda was a great friend & I will cherish all the memories ❤️❤️ Prayers to your family. She will be missed tremendously!!

  • “Edith” you will be missed. Rest high my friend. Condolences to Red, Spanky & Shaun . She was a wonderful person and friend ❤️💙❤️♥️😘❣️❣️❣️

  • I will never forget the watermelon crawl and all of our long kitchen shifts together… I have so many wonderful memories with you..My bestie my Matilda my pal and one of the most kindhearted souls soar high my friend till we meet again love and prayes Red Shawn

  • Melinda was a sweet, kind person. You will be missed. Sympathy to the family . God Bless all. ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Heaven is now a much brighter place.You will be so missed Melinda.My deepest condolences to that Hulit and Vaughan families.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May peace be with you during these difficult times.

  • Rest in peace dear friend. Although we lost touch after graduation, I remember all the fun times we had together ‘Tilly’. You were a sweet soul and I have fond memories of the last two years of high school with you. My deepest condolences to your family and to all those who loved you. Peace be with you.

  • Matilda, I will never forget you
    . And Steve calling you that for many years.
    Thank you for sharing your life for so many years with us.
    Thank You for your unselfish time and hard work for many years at Rader’s
    My heart is sad with your passing but I know this isnt goodbye,but til we meet again.
    Thoughts & Prayers 🙏 send to your husband and sons & grandkids.
    Til we are together again my friend…

  • We were so sorry to hear about Melinda’s passing. Our hearts go out to Red, Shaun, Tiffany, Aaron and the grandkids. She was a great lady with a wonderful sense of humor. Prayers for peace and comfort at this time. Love and hugs, Al and Shelley Davis

  • So sorry for your loss. Melinda was a sweet and gentle person and will be deeply missed.

  • My prayers go out to the family. I remember your smiles & laughter from years in the past…

  • She was a precious little lady that loved Red and her boys totally , they were her happy place!!
    Will miss her sweet spirit !!
    God give you all peace and comfort!!
    Denny and Sharon Zolman

  • Red, Aaron, Shawn, Tiffany, We are so sorry to hear about your loss of such a wonderful woman…Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys through this rough time..

  • Thoughts and Prayers from my family to yours and all of her friends. Melinda was the sweetest lady, great friend, wonderful co-worker, and she was so nice and loving to my daughter Love and Prayers

  • Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and Prayers to the family during this time. I will remember her laughter and smile. She was a sweet kindhearted person.

  • Red, Shaun, and Aaron,
    So sorry to hear of Melinda’s passing. She was a beautiful lady with a beautiful and infectious smile. She put up a brave battle and can now smile down on us from above. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, Cherish the memories.

  • If there was a picture of a warrior in the dictionary, Edith’s pic is there. She walked through hell for the love of her family. It was a privilege to take a few of those steps beside her. The Good Lord tapped her on the shoulder and said come on Honey, you’ve fought hard enough, I want you with Me now. And she is… I miss you terribly.

  • Condolences to the family.Melinda was a very sweet lady.I always enjoyed talking to her.She will be missed.

  • Oh Melinda … sorry to hear about your battle with cancer. I worked with you at Hanover House and you were a great worker and thougjtful friend. RIP… to the family sorry for your loss but she is no longer hurting.

  • Dear family I’m so sorry for your loss! Melinda was a very good friend in school, especially the last two years of school at the JVS. We had alot of fun together! She will be deeply missed! I was so happy to spend some time with her at the Legion at the Christmas drawings. She was a very wonderful person and will be missed by everyone!

  • My deepest sympathy to the Vaughn and Hulit families. I remember Melinda on our school bus route with her brothers. Her mom and my mom went to school together and so we had an extra bond. I pray that GOD will give you all piece and comfort in knowing the Melinda is no longer suffering. May all the good memories of her help you all get through this difficult time.

  • Red so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife, words couldn’t say enough. your Family is in my thoughts. Tammy Kalman

  • Red, Shawn, Aaron, we are deeply saddened for this loss of sweet Edith! She is indeed an angel watching from Heaven now.. forever in your hearts. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Love to all of you.

    Doug & Marianne

  • Our sympathy to the Hulit and Vaughan Families during this time of loss for all of you. Our prayers for comfort and strength in the days ahead.

  • Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. We hope God blesses, comforts, and gives you strength during this difficult time. – Angela Woodward & Melanie Fitch – Ashland County Cancer Association

    (Matthew 5:4) “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

    (Psalm 34:18) “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

  • So sorry to hear of Melinda’s passing but she is no longer suffering now. I am glad I have memories that I shared with Matilda from years past. Prayers for her family & Cherish your memories!

  • So sorry to hear the passing of Melinda. She was a very special person in many peoples lives. I pray for peace and comfort for everyone during this difficult time. God Bless You ALL.

  • Shaun and Aaron…I am certain there are no words to aptly describe the heart break and ache you are feeling right now. 💔 So many light hearted and kind memories myself and my siblings have of your mom (and you two!) throughout childhood. So, too, do I have fond memories of moments of warmth, and welcome, and comfort I experienced anytime I saw your mom over the last few years – Jackson and I would often see her when we were out walking and my encounters with her were always a bright spot in our day. Sending big hugs to you both as well as your dad and entire family.

  • Red, Shawn and Aaron so sorry to hear of Melinda’s passing.
    Thinking of you at this time of sorrow…
    God Bless all. 

  • Red & family I am so sorry for the loss of your wife & mother. I didn’t know her well but she lit up any room she entered. May God comfort you & heal your broken hearts. Joan Beckim

  • I always liked your Mom. She was always sweet, considerate, and nice and welcomed me warmly. We’ll all miss her.