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“I am so sad to hear that Melinda has passed. She was such a wonderful person and a dear friend at Wellesley, where we were Davis Scholars together....Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Dawn Gravlin - Littleton, MA

“You will be surely missed. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Sandy Nickerson - Stoughton, MA

“My deepest sympathy. Melinda was a wonderful person. We met through our girls at the Jones school. Melinda was so encouraging and supportive. She...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Nicole ( Christina'smom) Johnson

“My deepest sympathy to both Paul and Victoria having to bid goodbye to such a wonderful person. Melinda was a cheerful, thoughtful, and incredibly...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Alyssa Baringer - Newton, MA

“My sincere condolences to the entire family.. Prayers that your pain will be softened as much as it can be. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Bryan Gorman - Lockport, IL

“I had the great pleasure to meet Melinda in person only once, but came away from that meeting so very impressed by her. I came to know her even...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Ralph Colyer - Big Canoe, GA

“My heart goes out to you Paul and your daughter. I hope that you can find peace in the coming weeks. You will be in our prayers. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Todd Cooper - Stuart, FL - Friend

“I am deeply sorry for your loss- I had the pleasure of meeting Melinda - She was a wonderful person, mother & partner to Paul. I know she will be...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Curt Matulich - Mooresville, NC

“As a friend and co-worker to Paul, my deepest most sincere condolences go out to you and Victoria. I always noticed the way you beamed with love and...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Chris Wooten - Parker, CO

“Although I only met Melinda a time or two, I felt like I knew her through Paul, my co-worker and friend. In the brief time I spent with Melinda, I...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Stacie Perez - Labadie, MO

“Melinda was one of the kindest and most loving person I know. She had a heart of gold and a smile that would brighten up any room she walked into....Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Kosinski - NORTH EASTON, MA

“So sorry for the loss of such an amazing woman. May we meet again my friend. ❤ ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Donlie Wood - Easton, MA

“She left this world to soon. Melinda will be grealy missed!! Victoria and Paul, our thoughts and prays are with you at this very hard time!! ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Susie Morgan - Stoughton, MA

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STOUGHTON----Melinda C. Rios passed away peacefully on November 5, 2020 after a long and bravely fought battle with systemic sclerosis. She was 47 years old.

Melinda was born on October 30, 1973 in the Bronx, NY to Miriam Martinez and Cesar Rios. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. In 2010 she received a B.A in Architecture from Wellesley College, where she was a Davis Scholar. At Wellesley Melinda excelled academically, earning the respect of her professors, mentors, and classmates. She was a cheerful and welcoming advisor to other Davis Scholars, sharing her experiences with managing coursework, and achieving a sustainable work-life balance. Melinda felt that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, with the help of a supportive community. She embodied that sentiment.

After graduation Melinda worked in the Development Office at Wellesley. She then became Administrative Assistant for Advancement at Stonehill College, where, despite serious health issues, she was enrolled in a Master's Degree program in Integrated Marketing Communication. In 2018, she won the Ethics Essay contest sponsored by The Public Relations Society of America.

Melinda faced every challenge with courage and optimism. With her partner Paul and their daughter Victoria, she enjoyed an active and engaged family life, traveling to Disneyworld and other destinations, attending Broadway plays and local theater offerings (often starring her daughter). When she required a medicine-dispensing intravenous port, she bundled the exterior part of the device into a small fashionable handbag and soldiered on. She was an inspiration and a bright example of faith, perseverance, and love.

Melinda leaves her partner Paul, their daughter Victoria, her parents, her brother Cesar Rios, her nephew Brandon Rios, her extended family, and a large network of friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours requiring mask & social distancing on Thursday, November 12,2020 from 5- 8 p.m., at Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte.138), Easton. A funeral Mass requiring mask & social distancing will be held on Friday November 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of Mary, Stonehill College, Easton.