We thought we would have Melanie for at least two more months, but unfortunately she did not make it two weeks. Melanie passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, December 21. She was surrounded by her family and sent onward with tearful expressions of gratitude for a life well lived and faith in eternal families.
Although our grief would seem to cast a shadow over the upcoming holiday, I have determined that this Christmas will be richer and deeper because of Melanie’s example and gift of love. She remained steadfast in her testimony of Christ and taught me daily to see, feel, and share His love for us.
Thank you for loving Melanie and providing hope and encouragement during her sojourn of suffering. She was valiant to the end and through it our family has been stretched transformed. We know that Melanie’s extended life was a gift, as was the adversity that framed the last 18 months. Through it all, we are humbled and know it is through family relationships that we experience the greatest joy and accomplish what is most important in life.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good “fight”.