Valerie J. ‘Val’ Melvin

August 16, 1966 ‒ April 21, 2017

Marion, Ohio

A woman with a huge loving heart, Valerie J. “Val” Melvin, age 50, of Marion, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 21, 2017, at home.

On August 16, 1966, Valerie was born in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of Elaine (Price) Schenkel of Marion, and the late Raynald “Bud” Schenkel. She graduated from Ridgedale High School in the class of 1984.

Continuing her education, Val earned degrees from Tri-Rivers Cosmetology Program and the Marion Technical College Nursing program.

Valerie worked as a nurse at the North Central Correctional Institution and at Marion General Hospital in their behavioral health unit. She also made many friends cutting hair at Master Cuts in the Marion Mall. She formerly attended the Victory Center Church of God.

An excellent cook and baker, Val loved spoiling her family with their favorite meals. Her specialty though was desserts. She always made sure there were desserts with every meal, telling everyone “you have got to try this.”

A beach lover, Valerie loved traveling and going on cruises, trying to get to any beach as often as she could. She also enjoyed tending to and watering her flowers and hanging baskets every year.

Most important of all to Valerie was her family. She especially cherished her grandchildren, who lovingly referred to her as “Mawgie”. She made them special breakfasts, took them on nature walks, took them to the pool and just sat outside with them and played for hours. They always begged her to have a picnic outside and Mawgie of course would do just that.

Special in so many ways, Val had a knack for brightening the days of everyone around her with her warm smile and sweet laugh. She was filled with love for her family and friends, caring for everyone unconditionally, and she would do anything for anyone.

Val will be dearly missed by her three children: Christopher Melvin, Brooke (Corey McDuffie) Melvin, and Kierra Shaver; three granddaughters: Mya Leighann Melvin, and Allure and Cambryn McDuffie; her mother, Elaine Schenkel, all of Marion; two siblings: Jeff Schenkel of Columbus, and Melanie Davis of Chesterville; numerous nieces and nephews; and her former spouse, Brian Melvin.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Thursday, with Pastor Marcellus de Oliveria officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Heights Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Valerie’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them via

  • Brooke,
    There at no right words to say. Losing your mom is harder than anyone realizes. Keep those precious memories close to your heart. Most importantly, represent her in yourself to your children. Keep her memory alive.
    Love and prayers to you.

  • I have many fond memories of Val! Besides attending the church Victory Center, Val was also my hairdresser in the late 80s early 90s. We always had great laughs when I would show up asking her to fix my hair that I took from blond to black one crazy night and she would work her magic. I was always that girl that had to have the big hair and we were recently reminising over an old photo of how giant she made my hair for a wedding – we were rolling. She was always kind and bubbly and smiling. At that time I believe she only had Christopher and she always lit up talking about him. She was a loving dedicated mother. And loved her family. I’m sorry you left so soon, you will truly be missed. God bless your family. My deepest condolences and prayers for all. RIP Val ❤️

  • We were so shocked to hear of Valerie’s passing. My husband and I have such fond memories of Valerie when she attended Victory Center Church of God while we pastored there.( 1988-1993). She also did our hair. Valerie was such a wonderful, loving, giving. and kind person. She had a beautiful smile and loved people. She will be greatly missed. Praying for the family that God would comfort you during this hard time in your life and in the days ahead. He is our strength! Pastor Stan and Patsy Rankin

  • I was shocked to hear of Val’s passing that morning, as I was leaving work at M.C.I. Val was a good friend of mine and also a co-worker for many years at North Central Correctional Institution, in Marion, Ohio. She also cut the hair of my family members and I, when she worked at Master Cuts in the mall. Little did I know, that when I had relocated to Marion and purchased my first home here, that Val was my neighbor from a block away. She was a kind, caring and wonderfully funny person. She loved her children and family and spoke of them quite often. Her friends were plentiful and she adored their friendship also. Val my dear friend, you will be missed on this earth by many of us. You were taken away much to soon. Your spirit will forever be amongst many. God Bless and prayers to the family. Sincere condolences to all. R.I.P. Val !

  • I remember Valerie from Victory Center Church. Sweet lady, has beautiful children and a loving mother(Elaine). Deepest sympathy to you all.