Melinda Ann Thompson was born April 14, 1948, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Jean (Dean-Thompson) Dabney and Paul Thompson. She attended Westinghouse Jr. and Sr. High Schools. While attending school, Melinda met many of her lifelong friends. She graduated from Westinghouse High School in June 1966. After graduation, she attended Community College for nursing. She soon realized that she did not have the personality needed to become a nurse. After working several different jobs, she found her place in the work field at Duquesne Light. When she filled out her application, she led her employer to believe that she was qualified for almost all the job openings they had available. One of her first assignments was to be a pole climber. She quickly realized that she was not qualified for that position, so she happily accepted a desk job. She started out collecting payments then moved to the accounting department. She thought she had met her match when they introduced computers. Melinda was a smart lady, and it took her no time at all to learn the new system. She stayed with Duquesne Light until her retirement.
Melinda was raised Catholic but later in life, she decided to become a Baptist. This decision was not taken lightly. She joined Rodman Baptist Church.
Melinda learned at a very early age in life that family is most important. She stayed close with the family throughout her entire life. You would often see her shopping or helping one of her aunts fill out forms. Her aunts loved calling her for assistance. Melinda found herself at a loss when the elders died. She then directed her attention to the younger members of the family. If there was an errand to be run Melinda was always available. Whether you wanted free advice or not she was never short of words. She liked to tell it like it was.
Melinda enjoyed traveling to exotic locations like Punta Cana and Alaska with her family and close friends, shopping, and having a good time. Recently, she learned to love curbside service.
She is survived by her two sons Shawn Weathers and Earl Johnson Jr and a brother. She was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce Thompson. She is also survived by two nieces Scarlet Diop and Tameika Battles, seven grandchildren, one great-grand, a host of cousins, friends, and extended family.
Melinda Thompson succumbed on September 24, 2021.
We will all miss Melinda Ann Thompson in so many ways.
MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.
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