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Melode Brasher

KENT — Melode Brasher, who lived most of her life at the Brasher home, Chickadee Valley, near Kent, died on May 27, 2019. 

Born Feb. 3, 1938, she was 81 years old. Melode was the daughter of Milton Evans Brasher, and Marie A Brasher. Although Melode struggled to survive the cancer from which she suffered, she lost that final battle.

After graduating from Drew University, Melode taught in the public school in Dover, N.J., and at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn. 

However, for most of her long teaching career Melode taught second and third grades at Kent Center School, the position from which she had been retired when she became ill and passed away.

Beyond her job as teacher, Melode was a gifted artist and writer as the book she hand lettered and illustrated can attest. A copy of this book, entitled “The Milton E Brasher Family Story,” is in the Kent Memorial Library. With its hand-lettered text and wonderful colored illustrations, the book describes the idyllic and happy life of the Brasher family in a world where such a story seems to be increasingly rare.

Great-niece of famed bird artist Rex Brasher, Melode was seen by other Rex Brasher Association board members as the expert and most knowledgeable person about the Brasher collection. It was to Melode that board members turned when they wanted to know something in particular about Rex or his work.

Like her great-uncle Rex, Melode loved nature and the outdoors. In her younger years, Melode would often hike on the mountain behind her house. Protecting the natural environment was very important to Melode.

The kindness and respect with which Melode treated everyone is now flowing back with the many expressions of sorrow at her loss that are coming in each day through phone calls, visits and notes to her surviving sister, Deborah E Brasher. 

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Melode Brasher will be held at the First Congregational Church, 97 North Main St., Kent, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13. A reception will follow the service. 

In lieu of flowers, any donations that anyone wishes to make in Melode’s memory can be sent to the First Congregational Church in Kent; or to the Rex Brasher Association, P.O. Box 72, Kent, CT 06757.