at Monday, 20 February 2012 16:45by stephen boness
|Norma Melchor, hospital leader and benefactor, dies at 87|
|Written by Bruce Barton|
Norma Melchor, a generous contributor to El Camino Hospital since its very beginning more than 50 years ago, has died. Mrs. Melchor, 87, died Friday evening (Feb. 17) at the hospital after a sudden illness.
Mrs. Melchor, a former nurse, first became involved in the hospital in 1957 when she joined the hospital auxiliary. She was a hospital district board member for 16 years (1974-1990). With husband Jack, she has been instrumental in producing millions of dollars in donations through the El Camino Hospital Foundation.
"Norma represented the heart of El Camino Hospital and the bedrock of the El Camino Hospital Foundation," said hospital CEO Tomi Ryba. "With her delightful sense of fun, her impish smile, her keen intelligence, her willingness to share her good fortune with others and her enthusiasm for both the hospital and its fundraising arm, Norma kept us on our toes, encouraging our best work as she embraced every new initiative that would benefit the health of her community."
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service scheduled 2 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 23) at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. A reception is scheduled to follow at the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.
at Monday, 20 February 2012 16:45by stephen boness
The world has lost a wonderful lady, London will miss her terribly. I looked after Mrs Melchor many times in london and she always amazed me with her stories and sense of humour and I will miss her. May she rest in peace and her memory will live forever.
at Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:03by LE
I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Melchor through the El Camino Hospital Foundation. She was truely a sincere, friendly and delightful woman that will be missed by many.
Thank you Norma for being so kind to everyone that crossed your path. May you rest in peace.
at Sunday, 25 March 2012 08:52by Jim Cunneen
Our community has benefited so much by the cheerful generosity of Norma Melchor. I grew up "next door" to the Melchor's and remember sleepovers and play with their son, Jeff. Norma opened her home for an event when I first ran for State Assembly in the early 90's. I can't think of a more kind soul. I regret not being aware of her passing and missing her memorial. But I honor her memory and truly believe her spirit endures in all whose lives she touched.
at Monday, 03 December 2012 14:17by Brett
What a wonderful lady she comes across when she stayed at Claridges in London
at Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:28by Paul anthony Harding
I just watched a programe on English TV about Clariges Hotel and It's Guests
Jack and Norma among them.
They touched my heart, such a beautiful couple
They only had eyes for eachother and their love for eachother was a delight to see, so much so that at the end of the programe I had to "google " them to find out more about them.
as the credits rolled It was written that the programe was dedicated to the memory of Norma who had sadly passed away.
I knew nothing of this wonderfull couple until I saw the program
But would like to show my respect to a Lovely Lady, and to say that the world will be a little sadder without her.
God bless her xx
at Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:29by sue lakhan
I first saw Norma and her husband on the BBC documentary on Claridges. From ther very first minute, I immediately liked her and enjoyed seeing the wonderful relationship she enjoyed with her husband, the staff at Claridges, and the BBC crew. I can only hope that one day, I will be like that when I get older, generous, enjoying life, and making sure that all those around me enjoy their lives as well. Even before the documentary ended, I knew that it would be her last visit to Claridges, and I am glad that she enjoyed and used her money to please herself and to help others, for that is the true meaning of living. Even though I did not know of her before the documentary, her loss meant something to me, and so I can empathise with those, like her family and friends who actually knew her. Lucky people.
at Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:46by Stephen
What a lovely BBC programme I watched tonite with a beautiful couple Mr & Mrs Melchor staying at Claridges Hotel last Christmas. They stayed there for forty years and its saddens me to hear Mr Melchor will be alone this year.
Lovely couple RIP Mrs Melchor.
at Wednesday, 05 December 2012 08:54by Lucy Carvall
I watched the Claridges programme today on BBCIplayer, have been to Claridges for lunch before, but the programme was fabulous! Mrs Melchor, I raise my glass to you, so sad that has has passed away, I do hope Mr Melchor is well and with family around him coming up to christmas, im sure the staff at Claridges will miss them this year.
at Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:45by Andrew Botley
I, like so many others, have been touched by the programme on Claridges in general and the Melchor's in particular. What wonderful people ad such a shame at the passing of Norma. May her sleep be a pleasant one.
at Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:44by charmaine
I too watched Mr & Mrs Melchor and was touched by their story, however at the end of the programme I fet quite disturbed by the announcement of Mrs Melchor's death, that I felt compelled to learn more of this amazing couple, which in turn brings me to the actual programme, it had drawn me in to the extent that I could feel this loss at the end. May she rest in peace, and all good wishes to Mr Melcor
at Friday, 07 December 2012 08:47by Gerard O'Donnell
What a wonderful person Mrs Mechor was. I watched the BBC programme on Claridges and she came across as being a warm and kind person. I hope Mr Melchor still comes to London and Claridges for many more years to come.
at Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:07by Sheila Craig
I watched the BBC programme about Clariges, and thought what a lovely couple Mr & Mrs melchor were. I was sad to read at the end of the programme that Mrs Melchor had died. May she rest in peace, and I send my sincere condolences to Mr Melchor.
at Wednesday, 02 January 2013 09:05by jerry
just watched the programme with the melchors what a lovely couple rip mrs melchor
at Thursday, 03 January 2013 23:43by Victoria
I want to thank the Melchor's for allowing us to see them at Claridges, it is a beautiful hotel and what finer couple could have shown the surroundings off so well. I was sad to hear of Mrs Melchor's passing and hope all is well with her husband.
at Thursday, 03 January 2013 23:44by Wormall
Rip mrs Melchor, deepest sympathies to her husband family and freinds . What a beautiful woman and an outstanding couple . Their bond and unity is a credit to them both . Old fashion values an inspiration to all . Touched me deeply . The respect and charity to others amazing . The world has lost a lovely lady . Be proud mr .melchor good health and happiness to you love and light john .x
at Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:49by Hazel Hammond
I am a little late, but also watched the programme and am again in tears reading these comments in her memory. I too am a nurse and madly in love with my husband. I hope we will be as happy as Mr & Mrs Mechor. I didn't know her but I hope she rests in peace and will think of her husband each Christmas. As we have a Chrustmas decorating company this will be very meaningful for us. Our thoughts are with her family
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