SMW President

To all SMW Members,                                                                                 

For those who have not heard, Catherine McGraw passed away suddenly at the age of 77; her memorial was February 2, 2020 in Riverside. The family requests that donations can be made to SMW National. The address is SMW, Attn: John Mays, PO Box 91997, Washington DC, 20090-1997. She was a gracious lady and will be hard to follow.


Under the circumstances, the gavel has been passed to me as the President of National Society of Military Widows (SMW). I want to thank everyone who is helping me thru SMW transition.


For those who may not know me, I am Margaret Melchi. I was SMW President Elect and I am National Chairman of Vietnam Commemoration Program. I am currently with Chapter 15 since 2011 which I am the current president and I was formerly treasurer for two years. I have attended the last four National Conventions. I was the chairman for the 2019 National Convention held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Also, I am on the Board at the Fort Carson Veterans Council, Pikes Peak Veterans Council and I attend Peterson Air Force Retired Activities Organization council. (RAO) I also serve as chairman of arrangements for the ceremonies at Pikes Peak National Cemetary on Memorial Day and on Veterans Day; I volunteered 10 years at a local hospital.


I have resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1971 when my husband PCS to Fort Carson. I was born and raised in Michigan and married my high school sweetheart. We were married 40 years when he passed away in 2003 as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. I have one son, one daughter, one granddaughter and three grandsons. Retiring in Colorado Springs, I was able to complete and received my BS degree in Finance and Accounting Management. I retired in 2001 after working 26 years in the Accounting Department with ITT.


I wish to assure you that I will commit my very best efforts to all of you in serving as your President. I will continue with Cathy’s goal to support each other, our sisters who come to us, our legislative efforts to safe guard our benefits, our active Duty service personnel, their families, our Flag and our Country.


I can be contacted thru my cell (719-331-6689), home (719-597-0492) or e-mail Make sure you leave your name and number so I can return your call. If I do not return or call or e-mail on a timely matter will you please call or e-mail me again. I do not answer numbers or names I do not recognize, so please leave a message.


Our thoughts and prayer goes to Cathy’s family and to her sister Patricia Walker, SMW National Treasurer and past President.


I am looking forward to working with you.


Margaret Melchi


Margaret Melchi

7005 Ash Creek

Colorado Springs, CO 80922

Phone (719) 331-6689 (cell)