Melinda Allen

November 23, 1957 ‒ June 11, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Melinda Lou Allen, age 62, peacefully passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020, in ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

She was born November 23, 1957, in Mansfield to parents Harold & Maxine (Brewer) Hildebrand. Melinda graduated from Northmor High School and earned her associate’s degree from North Central State College in Mansfield. She worked for many years as a caregiver specializing in home healthcare.

Melinda was a hardworking woman, a caring mother, and a loving “Gramma” to her grandkids. She had an independent spirit and loved being surrounded by nature. Melinda loved birds—especially eagles—and often visited the Ohio Bird Sanctuary and watched live online nest cameras to see her majestic eagles fly. She also enjoyed cats and tended a beautiful flower garden at her home each year.

She is survived by her mother Maxine Hildebrand of Cleveland; her son Kevin Allen of Mt. Gilead; twin daughters Jessica (Chad) McCarty of Mt. Vernon and Jennifer Dura (Jay Berning) of Sylvania; grandchildren Sam Dura, Regan Dura, Abbie Dura, and Liam McCarty, along with five step-grandchildren; siblings Regina (Mike) Thomas, Marsha Hildebrand, and Pamela (Steve) Lippitt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Melinda was preceded in death by her father Harold Hildebrand in 2004.

A graveside service honoring Melinda’s life will be held in Shauck Cemetery near Johnsville officiated by Certified Celebrant Jerry Wilson. All are invited to meet at the cemetery at 12 noon, Saturday, June 20, 2020, for the service, and upon arrival look for the green tent to find the gravesite.

Contributions to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary may be sent to the funeral home (P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904).

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  • So sorry to hear of Melinda’s passing. As a mother, it has to be especially difficult to lose your child. I remember Melinda’s birth, as a toddler and teenager. We were a close knit family at St John’s. It gives us pause when someone passes as we realize how short our time is on earth, not knowing when our last breath will be. God gives us peace and comfort and may you feel his love surrounding each one of you at this time. Extra hugs to you, Maxine at this time.
    Love from miles away,