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Katy honors Senior Citizen of the Year

May 5, 2019

A longtime member of the Katy Social Services Advisory Board and a coordinator of the Katy United Methodist Church home-delivered meals program is the 2019 Katy Senior Citizen of the Year.

Peggy Dimmick, director of social services, said she nominated Nevelynn Melendy for the honor and her nomination was unanimously supported by the advisory board. Her name then was submitted to Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner and she will be honored at the May 13 Katy City Council meeting. May is recognized as Older Americans Month.

Dimmick said Melendy’s contributions to the Katy community through the years are the main criteria for her being selected this year for the honor.

“Nevelynn is very special to us and has been an asset to our community ... we are all proud to honor her with this special Senior of the Year Award,” added Dimmick.

Melendy was among seniors who participated in the August 2011 ground-breaking for the senior citizen center built at 5370 E. Fifth St. in Katy. She volunteered on the Katy Social Services Board at the Fussell Senior center from October 2001 to May 2018. For 14 years, she coordinated the meals program at the Methodist church first through the Stephen Ministry and then through Interfaith Ministries.

Born in Sweetwater, Texas, she moved with her family when she was about a year old to Katy where she grew up. After she married, she moved to Cypress for about 20 years before moving back to Katy. “She’s lived in the Katy area for over 64 years,” said William Melendy, of Houston and one of her three children. Her son, Wes, and her daughter, Patti, live in the Katy area. She has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

When he was a youngster, William Melendy said his mom volunteered first with the Boy Scouts and then worked for them a number of years as director of handicapped Scouting before she retired. She also served in various positions with the AARP — Katy Chapter #2655.

“She’s always been involved in the community,” he added. “She’s always there to lend a helping hand. That’s just my mom.”

Her involvement includes teaching Sunday school at church and belonging to the Joyful Noise Makers choir which makes weekly visits to nursing homes as well as singing with the church choir.

A huge Astros fan, Melendy turned 85 on April 15. Through AARP, she’s able to attend Astros games with her friends. “If an Astros game is on TV, she’s watching the Astros,” added William.

karen.zurawski@chron.com