Corena “Mae” Melton

Corena “Mae” Melton

Passed: September 03, 2023
Charleston, WV

Corena “Mae” Melton

Passed: September 03, 2023
Charleston, WV


Corena Mae Melton, 91, passed away peacefully September 3, 2023, at the Arthur B. Hodges Center after a long illness.

Mae spent over 30 years in State Government as Executive Assistant to Chauncey H. Browning, Jr. through his many years of service, first as State Commission of Public Institutions and then through his four terms as Attorney General of West Virginia. Following her retirement with the State, she created and founded the successful “Hair We Are Salon” at Ashton Place and, later, helped established “O’Hair’s Salon” in Kanawha City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Bessie Boggess and was the widow of former Charleston Mayor G. Kemp Melton.

She is survived by her daughters, Jeanie Melton and Cindy Dobson (Barry); four grandchildren, Corena Maiden (Travis May), Kate Forman (Isaac), David Dobson (Kelly) and Cory Dobson (Catherine Bui), and four great-grandchildren, Jordan and McKenzie May and Nora and Vera Forman.

Mae enjoyed shopping, cooking, watching old movies, and spending time with her family. She was greatly loved and will be forever missed.

Barlow Bonsall assisted the family with a private family service.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WV Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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10 responses to Corena “Mae” Melton

  1. Jeanie and Cindy,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. It has been many years since I have seen her, but have fond memories of her.

  2. Brandy May says:

    I am so saddened to see the passing of your Mother/ Grandmother and please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    I always enjoyed seeing your smiling faces at our family gatherings.
    Heaven gained a new Angel …

  3. Brandy May says:

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    I always enjoyed seeing you lovely ladies at our family events.
    Such a wonderful & sweet lady….

  4. Sincere condolences to the whole family! Mae was once like a mother to me.
    I hope you all can cherish the good memories, which will help you through this difficult time.

  5. So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Keep your memories of her close and she will always be with you.
    Paula Stephens Lowe , Tammy and family

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