Ethel Marie Melton, 93, of Hazard, passed away Monday, December 21 at her home in Hazard. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was the daughter of the late Sam Ward and the late Octa Maugins Ward. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William V. Melton; son Fred Melton; brothers Don, Henry, Hugh, and Mark Ward; and sisters Breta Brack, Alice Wooton, and Mattie Steele. She is survived by her daughter, Freda Combs; son Dexter Melton; sister Katy Wooton; special friends and caregivers Kathy Farler, Roberta Hicks, Cleda Jent, Rhonda Perkins, and Niakie White; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by Maggard Mountain View Chapel of Hazard where the family received friends on Wednesday, December 23. The funeral service followed with Darrell Cornett officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery located in Hazard.