Martha Ann Melton

  • Born: August 25, 1933
  • Died: January 13, 2020
  • Location: Foster City, California

Crosby-N. Gray & Co. - FD-96

2 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Tel. (650) 342-6617

Tribute & Message From The Family

Martha Ann Melton, of Foster City, passed away on Monday, January 13th.

Born on August 25th, 1933 in Florence, Alabama, Martha was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raymond C. Melton. Her family meant the world to her and she was a loving mother to Cecelia (Eli) Rapaich and Cynthia (Henry) Adams. She was a cherished Nana to Jackson and Elana Rapaich and Samuel and Audrey Adams. Hoku Meka was her faithful pet and constant companion. Many loving family members across Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Florida and Colorado will miss her spirit and generosity.

Martha contributed her energy and enthusiasm to many organizations. She was an Officer of La Chaine and a member of the Peninsula Golf & Country Club since 1995. She was an avid Bridge player and a dedicated volunteer with Mission Hospice for over 25 years.

She recently retired after working for 47 years as an Accountant/Controller and Trustee for a San Francisco corporation.

A memorial service will be held Saturday January 25th, 2pm at Crosby-N. Gray & Co., 2 Park Road, Burlingame, CA.

Memorial Donations in her name may be made to Mission Hospice & Home Care, 1670 S. Amphlett Blvd Suite 300 San Mateo Ca 94402.


Condolence & Memory Journal


I met Martha through the Chaine over 20 years ago. Over the past 20 years Martha and I had many fun adventures and of course, dining with the best chef's, gourmet foods and wines. What others have said about Martha is true and she was an exceptional lady and elegant.

Also, she used my insurance firm to assist her placing commercial insurance for the Royce Family with a package versus individual policies bring down the cost with better coverages.

We'll all miss Martha and her friendly smile but she's in a better place with God... Tom Hoshiyama

Posted by Tom Hoshiyama - San Francisco, CA - Friend   January 24, 2020

Dear Martha,
God has reached out for you and taken you from this Life unto Himself and His Angels in Heaven, to Eternal Life. You lived life to the fullest and will be missed by all of your family and friends.
It has been a true joy and pleasure knowing you and sharing part of your life. I send to your Family and Loved Ones all My Very Sincere Condolences and Prayers during this very difficult time. May the knowledge that the Path You are now on is part of Life's Journey and that you are at rest, in God's Embrace, bring a level of Peace and Acceptance to the Family and All Who Love You. Hugs and Kisses and Fond Aloha,
Your Friend, Jim Scholz

Posted by A James SCHOLZ - Los Altos Hills, CA - Friend   January 24, 2020

Dear Editor
Our Northern California community has lost a truly great supporter of the arts, Martha Melton who died this week. During her life she did not allow any tributes but now we must speak out.
Because of her efforts over the last 50 years more than 300 artists have thrived as she created and guided the first legal artists live work warehouse in San Francisco. Where once stood an empty cold storage warehouse in the Mission district, today we have a thriving 40 member community with many well-known artists.
Back in the 60's when we artists were being evicted all over the city, together with The Royce family, she developed a system so that the artists could bring their buildings up to code and also control their own communities.
Remember the Ghost Ship? Not on Martha's watch. The opposite of that is what this brilliant woman accomplished.
We will all miss her.
Bess Bair

Posted by Bess Bair - San Francisco, CA - Friend   January 22, 2020

We at Developing Environments will miss her support and guidance. She personally oversaw our tenancy at 3901 Mariposa/540 Alabama since the earlly 1970's. Over the years we have developed a close relationship with Martha as she understood how we worked internally, working with the Royce family, We appreciated her candor. honesty and frankness. She exhibited style, friendship, trust and generosity consistently over the years from early 1970s to the present. We will miss her presence, spirit and leadership qualities. Long Live Martha! We will never forget her.

Posted by Leo Germano - San Francisco, CA - Friend   January 22, 2020

Martha was a truly wonderful spirit whose love of life, fierce loyalty, and sense of humor would make any day better.

Posted by Kim Rupert - Hillsborough, CA - Friend   January 22, 2020

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Community Photos

Martha and Peter signing new lease - Developing Enviroments reps, Leo Germano and Hugh Buck 2/2008