Pamela “Mela” Ann Brady died peacefully on June 19, holding the hand of her daughter, Vanessa, with a touch of tequila on her lips and a Tibetan prayer guiding her on her final journey.
Born February 26, 1948, to Gene Brady and Kathryn Keasling in Washington, DC, Mela grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from West High School and the University of Minnesota. When her mother passed away before realizing her own dreams, Mela committed to living a life filled with deep and lasting friendships, distant adventures, and transformational healing. Her fierce soul and generous heart made her a complex and contradictory woman, who was also a passionate and loyal friend, touching the lives of many people across the country and around the world.
Mela came to Vermont in 1977 to attend the Brattleboro School of International Training, where she earned her master’s degree in international administration, after completing an internship for CARE in Tunisia. She soon realized, however, that her true calling was in the healing arts. She then graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture and opened her own practice in Montpellier, where she moved in 1984 with her then-husband, Peter Lind, and their infant daughter, Vanessa. She received advanced clinical training in Hangzhou, China, and quickly added Qigong and then Sound Healing to her array of healing talents.
Mela has used her gift of healing to serve people in Vermont and around the world. At home, she treated veterans for PTSD and helped people with addictions in several clinical settings, including Waterbury Women’s Prison. She combined her passion for travel with her professional skills, training midwives in the mountains of Tibet, helping earthquake victims in Honduras, and rejuvenating exhausted tsunami relief workers in Indonesia.
Locally, she has been a practitioner in several group practices including Collaborative Healthworks, White Peony and Breathing Light, and she was an acupuncturist at Gifford Hospital for many years. She continued to practice solo until her “retirement” the week before her death. Although she may present a tough, even fierce face to the world, her gentle and intuitive nature has come through in her practice, and many clients who knew and relied on this side of Mela have become close friends over the years. year.
In 1989, Mela fell in love with dashing, rock-solid Kevin McGinley. Together they built a welcoming paradise, “Lupin Castle”, on their property in Moretown, where they welcomed friends from all over. A trip to Mela and Kevin’s often included a skinny dip in the pond, a round of bucket golf, and a cocktail or puff in the hot tub under the stars. She was the quintessential party host, throwing the annual Pisces party with three other Pisces couples.
Mela was diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer in 2016. With Kevin by her side, she used her remarkable willpower to stretch her time for another six busy years, hiking, biking, kayaking, cross-country skiing and tennis and bridge. The game was essential, and a good day demanded attention and action. She was a persistent motivator, bringing her friends out to enjoy all that Vermont has to offer. In her final month, Mela made one final trip to Portland, Oregon to visit her beloved daughter and granddaughter, Sidney.
Mela was laid to rest in a green funeral ceremony atop a hill overlooking her property. Friends gathered to wrap her in a flower-covered shroud, tell stories of their time with her, and send her on her final journey.