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Victoria "Tory" Reeves Mele

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“Tory You were a pleasure to work with. You brought joy to everyone you knew. My deepest sympathy to Tory's family.Melissa Briggs, Co-worker ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Melissa Briggs - Toms River, NJ

“I didnt know Victoria, but she seems like a very special person. Will offer a prayer today for her and all who loved her. ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“A light has left this world. I am so incredibly blessed to have gotten the opportunity to know and love this woman and her family. My condolences...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Laurel Berry - Winston Salem, NC

“Dearest Tory I will always remember you . You made life sparkle with your smile and gentle presence. Stay beautiful in peace my dear dear Tory.Sunita...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest in peace, Tory. You were a good person, sweet and kind to everyone. You have touched our lives with your kindness. Condolences to your family....Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Zenaida Steinhauer - Trenton, NJ

“Thank you for being their for Les, Renan, Shaun, and I. You have always treated me as if I were family and I will never forget the love and sunshine...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Kiyle Osgood - Lambertville, NJ

“The only consolation about your departure from here is that you are no longer experiencing the brutality of cancer treatments. What a wonderful...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Ruth Ahia - Yardley, PA

“I was deeply saddened when I heard of Tory's passing. Although I did not know her well in high school, she was someone I greatly admired. She had a...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Denise Klanacsky - Silver Spring, MD

“A truly great gal and a great loss. I worked closely with Tory for nearly my entire career with the DOH. After having met Tory for only five...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Ron Woolston - Friend

“With sorrow we read of the passing of your wife,Tory. Our memories will always be of you as a good family and good neighbors We still refer to your...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: James Verrelli - Yardley, PA

“My deepest condolences for the loss of your mom Victoria. My price are with you and your family. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Lynn Dugan

“I will miss you very much, Tory. We spent many years working together and celebrating our birthday on the same day. Thank you for all of the kindness...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Carolyn Providence - Coworker

“Sorry to hear the bad news. Tory was always a joy to work with. We both loved South Carolina. ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: Jay Duco - Vineland, NJ

“My sweet Aunt I love you! ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Elijah Selesnick - Family

“So sorry and saddened to hear of Tory's passing. She was a special kind hearted and sweet person who always had a smile on her face. I had known her...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Rita Czumbil - Cape May, NJ

“Tory will truly be missed...to a great friend and colleague. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie McRae - Hamilton, NJ

“So sorry to hear about Torys passing. I was a classmate of Torys. Such a sweet and beautiful girl. She was Homecoming Queen our senior year at...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy Cornell - Classmate

“Tory was an angel among us. She will be forever missed and live forever in my heart. Her little Jenny. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Jennifer Pedersen - lambertville, NJ

“Our deepest sympathy for Tory's family. We were decades long neighbors with her father Fergie in Lawrenceville, NJ., and remember his fondness and...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Bruce and Lydia Bitcover - NJ

“Tory u touched the lives of many people through the years. U r looking down on us from heaven. U will be remembered for your wonderful personality...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Trish - Coworker

“Tori was the most beautiful & loving soul inside & out.. We will miss her greatly.. Our love to Jim & the girls .. wish we could be with you now .....Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Deborah Reis - Sister

“Tory was the first person I met in 1980 when I went to work at the department of health. She was the nicest, friendliest woman. She made me very...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Anne marie Anepete - Coworker


Victoria (Tory) Reeves Mele, 67, entered heaven Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Tory's husband, James (Jim) Anthony Mele, Jr. and her two daughters, Lauren Watercutter and Victoria A. Mele were by her side through a long battle with cancer and held her hand until the end. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020 at the Seacoast Church Chapel in Mount Pleasant at 11:00am. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Tory was born on May 5, 1953 in Mount Holly, New Jersey, daughter of Mary Jane O'Brian Reeves Rees and the late Ferguson Reeves. She met the love of her life, Jim, just after high school and they were married on August, 30 1975. They had two beautiful daughters whom she loved unconditionally. Tory was a beloved daughter, a proud wife, a nurturing mother and grandmother, a devoted sister, a fun aunt and a steadfast friend. She worked tirelessly for the New Jersey State Department of Health for 42 years, most recently as a WIC Program Auditor. Tory was a positive light in the world who genuinely cared for the welfare of others through her many acts of generosity. After retirement, she and her husband relocated to Mt. Pleasant, SC to live near their daughters and their families. Tory enjoyed hosting family and friends in her home, spending time with her grandchildren and trips to the beach. She was a source of love, strength and encouragement to all those around her. She was selfless and her love for others was fierce; she never met a person she didn't like. Tory will be dearly missed, but her kind and humble spirit will live on in all those who loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jim; her mother, Mary Jane Rees of SC; two daughters, Lauren Watercutter (Mark), and Victoria A. Mele all of Mt. Pleasant, SC; sister, Debbie Reis (Robert) of Jackson, NJ; brother, Fergie Reeves (Karen) of Lawrenceville, NJ; sister, Jennifer Pederson (Roy) of Lambertville, NJ; two grandchildren, Landon and Weston Watercutter, and many nieces and nephews.

Tory loved to give and bring happiness to all. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her honor to Birthdays For All. Please use the "Honor Gift" option found here https://www.birthdaysforall.org/donate/in-honor/.