March 13, 1972 - July 10, 2020
Melanie left us suddenly, to be in the pure light of another realm. Loved infinitely and missed immeasurably, by her Mom, Donna and her Dad, Bill; her sisters and brother, Jolene, Tamara, and Victor; her precious nieces and nephew, Lily, Kendal and Koen; our Ben; her vast extended family; and the many, many others, whose path she graced.
Melanie lives on in this world, as an organ and tissue donor. She is at peace. May her love for all others, forever be our guide.
If you wish, in lieu of condolences we ask that you make a donation in Melanie's remembrance, to any women's mental health and addictions services, or animal rescue services.
Melanie was born and raised in the community of Fairview in Calgary, attending St. Matthew School and Bishop Grandon High School followed by the University of Lethbridge, where she pursued a teaching degree before changing course. She became a Red Seal Certified Journeyman Electrician, apprenticing and working with Trecc Electrical residential services for a number of years, then for a short time with Western Electrical in the commercial field. Many, many, are the homes of family, friends, and acquaintances, that bear the perfection of her skill; their electrical panels graced with her neatly labelled work.
Melanie was a frequent volunteer for Fairview Community over the years at casino's, playground builds, bottle drives, and her favorite, Spring Fling cleanup events. Always a collector of "special rocks", she graduated from pocket sized gems to mini boulders. She scoured every new path she took for any that might be useful for her many flowerbed border projects, or of shapes she found significant. She left many of those behind, as testament to her labor of love for her beloved acreage near Rockyford, which broke her heart to lose to the financial toll of the 2008 recession.
Melanie's favorite color has always been purple, the color of her courage and her passion in life. She especially loved "her people's children", and gave her heart to all she knew; showering them with her little gifts and that of her presence, whenever possible. Melanie is deeply missed... If you knew her light, you knew her love. Always giving, even passed her end, Melanie's lungs, a kidney, and her corneas, have been successfully transplanted to her donor recipients. Taking her heart with her, she leaves behind her love for us all. May she forever be at peace.