Elizabeth (Bette) Galliers Mell died peacefully May 25, 2020. Born and raised in Toledo, OH, she moved to Summit, NJ, and spent her last year at Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Chatham, NJ. Mrs. Mell graduated from Thomas A. DeVillbis High School, Toledo, OH, in 1944 and then graduated as a proud Tri Delt from the University of Toledo in 1947 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. In 1994, Mrs. Mell received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Mrs. Mell moved to Summit with her family in 1960 and quickly became involved with local organizations such as the Summit Public Library, becoming President of the Board, as well as Calvary Episcopal Church, where she was an invaluable volunteer with the Women of Calvary, the Village Exchange, and the Vestry.
In addition to her years of volunteer service to the community, Mrs. Mell was a highly-respected educator in Summit, with 13 years at the Kent Place School teaching math, computers, and Spanish, and over 25 years at Brayton Elementary School teaching ESL, math, and computers.
Mrs. Mell was predeceased by her husband, John K. Mell, and by her son, John K. Mell, Jr. She leaves her son Edward L. and his wife Libby Faron Mell, their children Abigail Mell and David Mell all of Summit; daughter-in-law Anne Milbank Mell of Summit, her children Meredith Mell Dunn (husband Blair, children Marshall, Graham, and Wyatt) of Burlingame, CA , John K. Mell III (wife Betsy, children Scarlett, Mazie, and newborn Lucy) of New York, NY, and Caitlin Mell Copestick (husband Matt, children Charlotte and Evelyn) of Solon, OH.
Mrs. Mell will be joining her husband of 63 years in a private interment in the Garden of Resurrection, Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit. Mrs. Mell’s final years were met with love and kindness from SAGE Eldercare in Summit and from the Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Chatham.