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Renowned decorator also respected for generosity

| Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003

One of the highlights in the career of Gertrude Mellon, a self-employed and nationally renowned interior decorator and jewelry designer, came in the 1970s when she was asked to assist with the design and decor of a room at the White House.

To accommodate her clients, Mrs. Mellon would travel to Arizona and choose the gems for her jewelry creations. She was also known for her fine collection of important American furniture.

Gertrude Adams Mellon, of Ligonier, Westmoreland County, and Hobe Sound, Fla., and the former wife of Richard P. Mellon, chairman of the board of trustees of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, in her home. She was 65.

Locally, she was respected for her support of Action for Animals. Elaine Gower, the society's humane officer, said on one occasion, when the agency was poor and struggling, Mrs. Mellon came to their aid.

"We had just rescued 17 dogs from a filthy and diseased surrounding," Gower said. "They all needed to be treated, and we didn't know how we were going to pay the vet's bill. When Mrs. Mellon found out that we were financially strapped, she sent us a generous donation to cover all the vet's bills and helped us to remain solvent. We are going to miss her."

Gertrude Adams, daughter of the late Harold and Alice Adams, was born on Oct. 29, 1937, in Lancaster, Lancaster County.

She was a member of St. Michael of the Valley Church (Episcopal) in Rector, the Rolling Rock Club and Jupiter Island Club.

Surviving are two sons, Richard A. Mellon and his wife, Alex, and Armour N. Mellon and his wife, Sophie, all of Ligonier; two grandchildren, Henry and Louise Mellon; and two sisters, Daisy Baker, of Madison, N.J., and Abigail Schoff, of Charlotte, N.C.

There will be no public visitation. Private services will be held in St. Michael of the Valley Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Action for Animals, RD2, Derry, PA 15627 or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements by the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel Inc., Ligonier.

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