NORTHFIELD — Melody A. Wilson (Brown), 57, died unexpectedly in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013, at her home in Northfield, VT.

She was born Sept. 21, 1956 at Otis A.F.B., Cape Cod, MA, the daughter of Robert and Barbara Brown (Mullen). She graduated from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, VT in 1974. She married James (Jim) Wilson in Northfield, VT on Dec. 17, 1999.

Melody spent her childhood as an “Air Force brat,” traveling with her family until moving to Vermont in her senior year of high school. Her most cherished times in childhood were her teenaged years spent at Loring A.F.B. in Maine, where she made so many dear and lifelong friends. Keep the faith…

Melody worked for more than 20 years in administration at the College of Science and Mathematics of Norwich University in Northfield, VT. She had so many fond memories of her time there with students, professors and staff who became her friends and supporters.

Melody was an avid reader, talented writer, animal and nature lover, and music aficionado. She was unconventional, loyal, generous, liberal, free-spirited, and had a quirky Irish wit. She adored her pets, felt a kinship with wildlife, amassed a large library of books and music, and took every opportunity to see the world. Most of all, Melody was a collector of people. She had the rare ability to travel in any circle, converse on any level, and refrain from ever passing judgment. Therefore, she was one of the lucky few who could genuinely call a widely diverse group of people her friends.

In addition to her husband Jim, she is survived by her sister Tammy Brown and husband John Poulin of Georgia, VT, niece Abigail Ledoux of Boston, MA, brother-in-law Charles (Chuck) Wilson and wife Gidget of Quincy, MA, stepson Corey Wilson of Burlington, VT, former husbands Anthony (Tony) Bean of Roxbury, VT and Rocky Preston of St. Albans, VT, aunt Joyce Comings of St. Albans, VT, several cousins, friends, and soulmate Mark Mars of N.Y.C, NY.

She was predeceased by both her parents, sister-in law Annmarie Wilson, several aunts, uncles and close friends, and in 2010 by her beloved dog, Timmy.

Special thanks to her sister-like friend Linda Gray for her time, energy and love, and to respiratory therapist Steve Cothalis for his calm and dedication to Melody.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held at White Memorial Chapel on the campus of Norwich University in Northfield, VT on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 12 noon. Casual attire requested.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Melody’s memory to an animal charity of your choice.

Now Voyager depart! (much, much for thee is yet in store) – Walt Whitman.