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Melora Freeland

May 7, 1933 ~ January 10, 2019 (age 85)

Melora Freeland, 85, of West Chester passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. She was a resident at The Hickman Senior Living Community.

Born in Brooklyn, Melora was the daughter of Joseph and Marion (Clark) Korninsky.

Melora moved with her family to a farm in Westtown in the 1940’s. They later moved into the Borough of West Chester, where she graduated from West Chester High School in 1951. Pursuing her passion for art, she attended the University of the Arts, graduating in 1955 with a degree in drafting and advertising design. Melora lived briefly in New York City, where she was the first woman hired as a draftsperson at the Treadwell Corporation.

In addition to working as an illustrator and graphic designer, over the years, she dedicated time to community organizations including the West Chester Friends Quaker Meeting, West Chester Friends School, and the West Chester Domestic Violence Center.

Melora enjoyed a lifetime of painting and drawing and occasionally exhibited her work in local art shows. Those who knew her, appreciated her bright intellect and playful sense of humor.

Melora is survived by her son, Erik (Margaret Sheehan) of Downingtown and her granddaughter, Eve Freeland, also of Downingtown. She was predeceased by her sister, Julie Baxendell and her previous spouse, William Freeland.

A celebration of Melora’s life will be held on February 2, 2019 at 11am at the West Chester Friends Meeting, 425 N High St, West Chester, PA 19380, where friends and family may visit from 10:30am until the time of service. 

Interment will be private at the request of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Melora’s name may be made to The Hickman Senior Living Community, 400 N. Walnut St., West Chester, PA 19380.

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