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In Memory of

Emily Burrage Welles Meymandi

December 24, 1932 - November 29, 2016

Obituary


Emily Burrage Welles Meymandi died peacefully, of complications of long standing Alzheimer's Disease, on November 29, 2016 in Raleigh.
Emily was born in Norris, Tennessee on Christmas Eve, 1932 to Dixie and Clarence Burrage. She graduated from the University of Tennessee and later, when her four children were teenagers, received a Master's in Space Utilization at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She moved to Raleigh for a job with CP&L and met and married Frank Welles in 1958. They had four children. In 1990, Emily married Assad Meymandi and they traveled the...

Emily Burrage Welles Meymandi died peacefully, of complications of long standing Alzheimer's Disease, on November 29, 2016 in Raleigh.
Emily was born in Norris, Tennessee on Christmas Eve, 1932 to Dixie and Clarence Burrage. She graduated from the University of Tennessee and later, when her four children were teenagers, received a Master's in Space Utilization at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She moved to Raleigh for a job with CP&L and met and married Frank Welles in 1958. They had four children. In 1990, Emily married Assad Meymandi and they traveled the world together. They enjoyed pre-concert dinner parties in their Raleigh home followed by North Carolina Symphony performances in the new concert hall.
Emily was artistic and a life-long learner. She swam regularly and enjoyed the outdoors. She loved literature, theatre, classical music, and art. She and Dr. Meymandi supported many Raleigh philanthropic causes. For her birthday, Dr. Meymandi endowed a concert series in Emily's name. It occurs every April 6 at Cherry Hill, an anti-bellum mansion in Inez, NC.
Emily's volunteer service in Raleigh was extensive. She was a loyal member of the Junior League; served as a Trustee for Peace College; was on the Board of the NC Museum of Art, where she had served as a docent; was a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution; Board of Trustees of NC Museum of History and many other fine organizations. She was a faithful book club member, and worked for the North Carolina Symphony from 1981 to 1990.
A talented gardener, Emily grew beautiful roses and often shared them with friends and family. Her dining room table usually held a fresh arrangement of flowers from her garden. She was an excellent cook and a warm and gracious hostess, whether she was entertaining her large multi-generational, blended family, musical virtuosos, university presidents, or Nobel Prize winners. She was a devoted grandmother to her eight grandchildren and five step grandchildren. She was generous and kind.
Emily is survived by her husband, Assad Meymandi, and her four children, Frances Welles Haman (Dave), Harris Welles, Molly Welles Lineberger (Steve), and Tom Welles (Sandra); her four step children, Sheba Meymandi, Chris Meymandi, Eric Meymandi (Jessica), and Spencer Meymandi (Kim). Also surviving are the grandchildren in whom she took great delight: Sarah Haman Colette (Lee) and their daughter Lillian, Peter Haman (Elizabeth), Julia Haman, Emily Lineberger, Steven Lineberger Jr., John Lineberger, Evan Welles and Rachel Welles. She is survived by her sisters, Mella Burrage Caudill (Hugh) and Jeanne Radcliffe.
A service of celebration and remembrance will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, on Saturday December 10, at 1:00 PM. A reception will follow the service at Christ Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Carolina Symphony or Christ Church.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St. Raleigh.