Melinda was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2006, which began her journey of surgery, treatment, and recovery. She maintained a zest for life, even through her treatment. During times of low energy, her most common question to friends and family was, “so, what am I missing?” and she used every available moment to spend time with her kids. Despite her situation, Melinda never let her own health problems keep her from comforting others in their own time of need. She genuinely cared for every person with whom she came in contact and served as a prayer warrior for countless friends and acquaintances.
Melinda was also known for her competitive streak, especially on the soccer field. She shared this activity with her brother, husband and many friends throughout the years and was in the process of encouraging her children to love soccer as much as she did. Melinda enjoyed every minute on the field, whether it was scoring a goal in her adult league games or coaching her children’s YMCA teams.
Melinda was a wonderful mother and a blessing to all who knew her. Her legacy will live on through her children, and her Christian example will linger in the hearts of her family and friends.