June 2, 2022:

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Melanie Vaughn peacefully passed away last night. She suffered a catastrophic heart attack on May 11th and never regained consciousness. We are devastated by this unexpected tragedy.

Melanie meant so much to so many different people. To her friends and family, she was a confidant, cheerleader and someone they could always count on. To my employees, she was a mentor and a mother-figure. To our guests, she was the face of Doc Chey’s who always had a smile on her face and a kind word for anyone she encountered. To me, she was a trusted loyal business partner and a dear friend. We will miss her so much.

The outpouring of love and sentiment from Melanie’s friends, family, co-workers and customers over the past few weeks says volumes about her character. She was truly one in a million.

Please say a prayer for Melanie and her wife Barb and keep Barb in your thoughts as we do our best to give her the strength to get through these very difficult times.


Rich Chey