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Melanie T. Weart

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Date published: 11/9/2013

Melanie T. Weart

Melanie Tunney Weart, 66, of Fredericksburg passed away at Mary Washington Hospital on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, after a courageous six-month battle with lung cancer.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, Md., Melanie was a 1964 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School in Baltimore and a 1966 graduate of Strayer Business College. She continued advanced studies at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg. She worked for several law firms in the Baltimore area before moving to New Jersey with her husband after their marriage in 1972. She managed business accounts for the Bank of New Jersey before returning to the Washington, D.C., area, where she worked in the business offices of George Mason University until relocating to Fredericksburg in 1979 to raise her family.

Mrs. Weart found great joy in the service of others. She was an avid volunteer and benefactor for several local charities, most notably Hope House in Fredericksburg. She was a person of deep faith and commitment, to her husband, children, grandchildren, God and country. She loved long walks, traveling, dogs and cross-country skiing at her log home in western Maryland. She cherished good conversation, strong coffee and the fine arts.

She was a member of Therapy Dogs International and, over the years, visited many local senior centers and nursing homes as well as Mary Washington Hospital with her beloved therapy dogs, Sam and Charlotte. She was also an accomplished counted cross stitch and needlepoint artist, winning numerous awards in Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, Northern Virginia and Charlottesville.

A strong and active advocate on behalf of our men and women in uniform, Melanie was an avid supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Veterans National Service Foundation. She prepared numerous care packages to our soldiers overseas. She was a long-time supporter of the Fredericksburg Salvation Army and, until now, was known anonymously as "the secret pizza lady," providing weekly dinners to local families of children with cancer.

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