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3-17-22, Mary Eleanor “Mel” Calvin, 87

Mel passed away on March 17, 2022, in Austin, Texas, surrounded by family. She had been battling various ailments for the past few years.

Known by her friends and family as “Mel,” she was born on April 2, 1935, to Suzanne and Wesley LaFever, in Los Angeles, California, and spent her childhood in the Beverly Hills area.

She attended El Rodeo Elementary, Marlborough High School, and Bennet School for Girls. An avid tennis player, she played in tournaments all over California, and especially enjoyed her tournaments in Ojai, where she later lived.

After her first marriage to Nick Doughty, Mel wed Peter DeMille Calvin, her childhood friend, in 1989. They moved to Ojai to enjoy their horses, dogs, many friends, and the relaxed Ojai lifestyle. They especially loved their extensive horseback riding travel adventures.

Mel spent her time volunteering with the Ojai Festival Women’s Committee, the Ojai Hospital Guild, and the Ojai Garden Club. She was also an active member of the Live Oak Christian Fellowship Church in Ojai.

A huge Trojan fan, and especially USC football, Mel rarely missed a game. She was happiest when surrounded by a houseful of friends, cheering on her Trojans. She loved spending time in the kitchen, fine-tuning recipes, and creating delicious meals for her family.

A lover of the outdoors, she enjoyed daily walks with her dog and in her beautiful garden. She was a skilled piano player, and filled her home with music. She also loved playing any kind of game, and was a Rummikub master.

Energetic and a lover of life, she always had a warm smile for everyone. Her wonderful wit allowed her to see the humor in most things. She was up for anything, and when on an adventure, she would always comment “Wasn’t that FUN?!”

At heart, Mel was a very loving soul, who cared deeply for those around her. Mel was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her absence will be felt by all who knew and loved her, but her wonderful youthful presence will continue on in our hearts and minds forever. She was well-loved and will be sorely missed.

A celebration of Mel’s life will be planned for a later date.

Obit Calvin photo

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