Obituary of Julia Cook Melson
Julia Cook Melson graced this world on May 9, 1942 and entered the arms of our Lord on October 16, 2023 with her daughters by her side. Born in Selma, AL to Walter McQueen Cook Sr. and Norma Rogers Cook, the family settled in Mobile, AL where she resided until she moved to Pensacola, FL in 1989.
Julia, or Julie as most called her, graduated high school from Julius T. Wright in Mobile, AL. She studied at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and La Sorbonne in Paris, France. Upon returning home, she met and married Robert Dent Melson October 3, 1964 in St. Joseph’s Chapel at Springhill College. After marriage, she graduated at the University of South Alabama as a registered nurse and worked as a cardiac nurse for Charles Weaver, MD. She enjoyed a second career in sales while living in Pensacola. Julie loved to entertain, never met a stranger and was a tremendous cook.
Julie is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by daughters, Helen (Richie) Graham and Trenie (Bobby) Baker; siblings Norma Cook, Walter M. Cook Jr. and Katharyn Kroutter; grandchildren John R. (Miriam) Baker III, Hannah Baker, Mattie Graham, Molly Graham and beloved nephews and cousins.
Julie’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service at Nativity of Our Lord Church November 11, 2023 at 10:30 am. A reception will follow in the church hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Nativity of Our Lord Church.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Santa Rosa Health & Rehabilitation Center for their love & excellent caregiving, especially Lea Young, PA.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Julia Melson, please visit our Tree Store