Reid, Melynda Claire Flatt

Tallahassee, Fla. - Melynda Claire Flatt Reid, 58, died July 8, 2010 in Tallahassee, Fla. She was the wife of Edward Reid. After being born in Knoxville, Tenn. to William P. "Bill" Flatt and the late June Nesbitt Flatt, she attended The University of Georgia and Eckerd College as an honors student.

In addition to her husband of almost 38 years and her father, she is survived by a sister, Katherine Flatt Hutto of Suwanee; a niece, Abbie (David) Smith; and a nephew William Hutto. She also was blessed to have two sisters-in-law, Jean Reid of Gainesville, Fla. and Nann (Mike) Bell of Manistee, Mich.

Melynda was a talented artist who generously shared her work. In addition to art she was passionate about protecting the flowers, pets and natural habitats she loved. She worked to protect the wildflowers that she drew in the Apalachicola National Forest and her nearby communities. She served for two years as President of the Leon County Food Cooperative (now New Leaf Market). She was a kind and gentle soul who treated everyone she met with respect and gentleness. Her sweet and giving earthly spirit will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on July 13 at the St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 2198 N. Meridian Rd., Tallahassee, FL.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to one of Melynda's favorite charities: The UGA Foundation for the "Nannie" Nesbitt/ Flatt fund sent to Office of Development, 224 Dawson Hall, UGA, Athens, GA 30602; Second Harvest of the Big Bend, 110 Four Points Way, Tallahassee, FL 32305; or Wee Read (United Way), One Huntington Road, Suite 805, Athens, GA 30606.

Published in Athens Banner-Herald on July 11, 2010