My first memory of Aunt Melicent was her meeting me at LAX as my sister, Jennifer, and I deplaned after a long transit from Australia. This was around 1978, but I can't remember for sure. We were on our way to Brighton, Illinois to visit G'ma and G'pa Hunt, but my parents had allowed us to have a couple of days stayover in LA so we could visit Disney world. I would escort my 12 year old sister through the dangerous world of Tiki Rooms and Its A Small World.
But first we had to meet our relatives. Needless to say it was breathless, even for a 19 year old kid from the land down under. I don't recall how many words I managed to squueze in, A. Melicent pretty much answered her own questions, but it was a lot of fun to be with her. Driving on the Highway with her at the wheel was more exciting than any E ticket rides that Walt Disney and Co. had cooked up. At some point I remarked that since she was my Great-Aunt Melicent, I would henceforth abbreviate it to Gr'unty Melicent. She seemed enthused at the new title, or was at least too kind to try and change it. So through the years I have always fondly thought of her as my Grunty Melicent.
Fast forward 10 years later and she was there to welcome the newest addition to the Hunt family, as I took a lovely bride from the Southern California region on June 18, 1988. It was truly a joy to have her there to help celebrate this great occasion. My wife Kathy was overjoyed to become a grand niece in law to this amazing woman. I have always appreciated her good humor and Godly advice. I truly have never met anyone who had a better knowledge of scripture than her. The joy of Christ was always evident in all that she said and did. I have always been proud of the legacy of many of my Christian family members. I think it is awesome to see how God works through the generations. It has helped to inspire me to be a better husband and father as I can readily see such great examples around me.
Grunty Melicent is a powerful testimony to her family and friends. I will miss her, but look forward to seeing her again when my appointed time arrives. I know that she will be waiting for each and every in of us who have accepted Christ as our Saviour.
Janet and Maurice Lee, have also asked me to tender their sympathies to the family and echo my sentiments. They are having e-mail difficulties but wanted to make sure that everyone knew how much they loved and appreciated Aunt Melicent.
Wally, Kathy, Travis and Brianna Hunt