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In Memory of Priscilla Mellen

Priscilla Mellen, age 92 of Schenectady, New York passed away on July 11, 2021 at Park View Community Campus in Woodville, Wisconsin.

Priscilla was born on September 5, 1928 to parents John and Eunice (Barnes) Untiedt of Schenectady, New York. She graduated from Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady, New York. She then went on to work as a secretary. Priscilla was wed to Mitchell Gay in 1949 and was blessed with three wonderful sons, Glenn, Joe and Edwin. That marriage later dissolved, and Priscilla continued work as a secretary. Priscilla later met and married Richard P. Mellen, and were united in marriage on May 5, 1972. They went on to devote their lives to the Lord by working for Wycliffe Bible Translators. Together the two traveled the world doing missionary work.

She was a hardworking mother and devoted to her husband and was willing to do anything for her family and friends. Priscilla was known for being an avid reader and writer, self-publishing two children’s books at the age of 70. She was also very creative and talented in arts, athletics and music. She played both tennis and golf until she was 80 years old, painted pictures for family and played the piano for many years. Her sons can recall listening to her play beautiful pieces on the piano in the evening hours at their house.

Priscilla will remain in the hearts of her three sons, Glenn (Debbie) Gay, Joe Gay and Edwin Gay. Priscilla was also blessed with four wonderful grandsons, Iain (Angie) Gay, Mike (Ruth) Gay, Peter (Eunyoung Jung) Gay, and David (Yusimy) Gay, as well as 11 great-grandchildren.

Priscilla is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Mellen and sister Marie Webb.

A memorial service for Priscilla and Richard will be held at the Princetown Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 3662 Giffords Church Rd, Duanesburg, NY 12056 on September 13th, with internment to follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, New York 12871.

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    • My sympathy to all of Priscilla’s family. I met Priscilla and Rick in 1979, when we were in Americas Field Training Course together. I admired her ability to pick up on patterns in Mexican culture. When something potentially embarassing happened to me during training, her words put me at ease. We met again in Costa Rica, where we studied Spanish at the same language institute. There, Priscilla and Rick had a ministry to a family that lived under a bridge. They were assigned to Peru as Wycliffe missionaries, as I was, and so after language study was finished, we traveled together to Peru. At a brief stopover in Quito, Ecuador, they bought me a colorful scarf. Our friendship continued in Peru. Priscilla was a person of trust in God and compassion. I like to think about the fact that she and Rick are enjoying heaven together, and I look forward to seeing them there.