Melinda Ruth McNicoll

Melinda Ruth McNicoll was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.  She departed this world on Jun 25, 2023 at age 62.

She was born to Jesse and Ruth Rawlins on July 26, 1960.  After an adventurous childhood in Atlanta, Georgia she pursued an engineering degree at Georgia Institute of Technology and met her husband, William McNicoll.  After graduating, they moved to Houston, Texas. There they had 4 children: Matthew (Sarah), Jennifer (Sean and Monica, granddaughter), Jesse, and Amy.

Melinda was a strong-willed Georgia girl at heart. She raised her children to be kind and generous. To Melinda, few things could beat a cup of coffee with a friend. She loved to hear how people were doing, where they had been, and where they were going. If they were confused about the latter, she usually had more than a few fine ideas for them. Additionally, she loved to host and cook for her family and friends. Volunteering at her church was a common activity, including her years of teaching Bible Drill classes for children. At her core, Melinda was unabashedly inclusive–if you were new to a community, it was not long before Melinda knew and loved you.

Other survivors include her four siblings: Peggy Semmes, Joel Rawlins, Rebecca Davenport, and Angeline Rawlins, as well as their respective families.

Services will be this Saturday, July 1. A family greeting line will begin at 10 am with the funeral service at 11:30 am followed by a reception at University Baptist Church (16106 Middlebrook Drive in Houston, TX).

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to our memorial page at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network:


  1. God bless the McNicoll family!

    Rachel McEnery
    • God’s greatest Blessings & Strength be unto McNicoll’s in Melinda’s absence from the body. She is present w/our Lord! I pray I’ll be inspired by all she has been to continue my journey in the flesh & finish my own course. I shall miss coffee w/her.

      Denise West
  2. Dear Rawlins Family. May the Lord be with you as you grieve the departure of your beloved sister, mother, friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest Sympathy, Cousin Carol

    Carol Shackelford
  3. My deepest sympathy to all the families. Melinda was a dear friend. I will miss her very much. Praying for everyone.

    Tammie McCallum
  4. Dearest McNicoll and Rawlins family, It is with deep sorrow that I Donna Serbin King give my condolences in the loss of our dear and beloved Melinda. It was an honor to know and love her. Melinda was always a kind and caring person. I always admired her loving relationship with her sisters because I didn’t have any sisters. I had 2 brothers. Yes Joel she loved you and I have fond memories of you too. Her parents Ruth and Jess are still precious to my heart! Fly high Melinda~❤️🙏✝️🕊

    Donna and Randy King
  5. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family has been great to us and we will miss Melinda immensely. You were and will always be a second family for CJ.
    John DeWitt & family (CJ’s family)

  6. Dear McNicoll and Rawlings families,
    We send our condolences and prayers. We regret being unable to attend the funeral today, as we are traveling out of state. Melinda and family were an inspiration for us and many homeschool families. Thank you. Melinda’s friendly personality and commitment to excellence in education encouraged others to join coops, special classes, and extra curricular activities. We pray for peace and comfort in knowing that Melinda is Home in Heaven.

    John and Cindy Kmetz Family
  7. We are deeply grieved on the sad demise of MELINDA RUTH MACNICOL and pray that May GOD grant strength and courage to bear the loss


    Sibitul Hasnain
  8. Dear family,
    The 2023 Winter issue of the Georgia Tech alumni magazine mentioned Melinda’s passing.
    I knew Melinda at Georgia Tech where we met in Fortran class. We stayed in touch a short while after school. Although I haven’t seen her for almost 40 years her happy and supportive personality remains a good memory for me.
    It seems she had a good life and was a positive influence on many.
    May thoughts of her remain in your hearts forever.
    Yours sincerely,
    Alex McCusker
    Durham NC

    Alex McCusker

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