- 70 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 11, 1944
- Place of birth:
Wisconsin, United States
- Date of passing: Nov 15, 2014
- Place of passing:
Round Rock, Texas, United States
|For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers, their laughter and their loveliness could clear a cloudy day and the song that I am singing is a prayer to non-believers...come and stand beside us, we can find a better way. John Denver|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Melissa Hall, 70, born on January 11, 1944 and passed away on November 15, 2014. We will remember her forever. We will have a memorial service for Melissa at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on December 20th at 11:00 am. The address is 5710 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle , WA. 98107. We plan on having a gathering of friends and family in Mount Vernon as well for those that can not travel. At some point, when the weather cooperates, we will sprinkle Mom's ashes at her favorite hiking spot in Alger, north of Mount Vernon, according to her wishes.
I have so enjoyed spending the past five months with my mom. She finally decided to move back to Texas after breaking her hip about a year ago. We have had so much fun watching movies together, eating hot fudge sundaes in the convertible, swimming together and taking walks. I was always trying to get mom to stop wearing the men's Seahawks shirts and wear something more ladylike, but she would always end up in her "Hawks" t-shirts, forever loyal to the Washington state teams!
Mom had to be so brave to move here and leave her family in Washington. She left behind both of my brothers, Jon and Pete and his wife, Kristin, and her two grandsons, Nathaniel and Zachary. She also sadly had to leave my Aunt Marian and Uncle Jim and her nephew Danny and that was very hard on her. She also missed her friends in the beautiful town of Mount Vernon, Washington. She loved working at the Mt. Vernon Libaray and had many friends there.
Mom faithfully attended various churches in the area and was a devoted Christian throughout her life. She loved to hike with her church friends on the weekends and enjoyed many prayer groups with them. I know that she felt like a part of their families and was treated like a cherished family member.
Mom became a very good swimmer in her later years and loved to swim at the YMCA. She had many friends there and she enjoyed going on trips around town and out to lunch.
Mom lived at Logan Creek Retirement home in Mt. Vernon and also at Parkwood Meadows in Round Rock, Texas where she had many sweet friends to lunch with.
"Melissa was a wonderful role model for the swimmers at the Y, in her swimming skills as well as her smile and positive attitude. It was an honor to know her."
"I had the pleasure of spending time with Melissa on only a handful of occasions. Liz and I met in high school, so my remembrances of Melissa are of her driving us somewhere before we could drive ourselves, or more recently, of her accompanying Liz as we visited together.
What I most recall is that Melissa had a bubbly-ness to her, with a quick laugh, sparkly eyes, and such a pretty face. I am full of thanks for the qualities of goodness, cheer, and a certain amount of fearlessness that I hear she had, because I imagine she must have passed on these traits that I admire so much in my friend, Liz."
"Hey your smile ....it won't be the same without your smile....it is everywhere in the pictures...it will be what I look for when finding you with the Lord ...miss you though you were a balance here for me...yet you sure knew how to love...all the best ones go before us"
"Mellisa,it is difficult to comprehend that your infectious laugh has been silenced. You will forever be remembered by those who loved you and you are missed at the dinner table"
"Melissa was a very special woman. When she learned that I was formerly a pastor in the Presbyterian church she began recognizing me as "Pastor George." Of course, I've been recognized as Pastor George for some time, but her recognition of my calling had special meaning to me. There was a special sincerity to her recognition that I can say I'd never truly appreciated with my former parishioners. She was always in attendance and engaged in my Bible studies. She looked forward to them and was genuinely disappointed when I had to take a night off. He warm and joyful spirit, I believe, overcame any discomfort, anxiety and doubt that she had in life. I'm going to miss her physical presence but know that her spirit and her devotion to the Lord will be constant reminders to persevere and to look forward to the day when my Maker will also call me home. Then I shall sit at table with Him and see my friend Melissa sitting across from me, smiling and saying, 'You're going to love it here, Pastor George. Welcome home!
Many blessings to Melissa's family and friends. May you experience profound peace and assurance of her heavenly rest and your faithful reunion with her in the Lord's time."
"My condolences go out to the family of Melissa J. Hall. I did not know Melissa, but from reading about her, she was loved dearly and will truly be missed by family and friends. It is very painful to lose a love one in death. It is very comforting to know that our Creator understands our grief. Not only does he understand our grief, he long to use his Almighty power to restore life to the dead. Job ask a question at Job 14:14,15. If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory service until my relief comes. You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands. In this scripture when Job is speaking of his relief to come, he is speaking of a resurrection from the dead. There is scriptures in the Bible about the resurrection hope. John 5:28,29, says that there is going to be a resurrection of our dear loved ones. So we will be able to be with our dear loved ones again. I hope these scriptures will be comforting to you as they are to me. I loss a brother and sister very recently in death. If you would like to know more about the hope of the resurrection or have questions that you would like answers to. There is a web site you can go to. www.jw.org."
"23 November 2014.
The CoolPoolPeople at the Skagit YMCA in Mount Vernon, WA, will miss our friend. Melissa was a regular, then an outstanding swimmer who surpassed us all! She had to pull back when she had some infirmities, and it broke our hearts to see her with a walker while her hip healed. Blessed with perfect hair and a lovely, trim swimsuit body, Melissa was respected by everyone at the "Y." I still have 3 blue glass candle holders on my windowsill with which she gifted me on my birthday -- for those windy times when the lights go out on Cook Road. I am not sure Melissa ever understood my irony, but she did have a unique laugh that I'll always remember from the showers! How I wish I had her smooth swimming skills... Kudos for the family for sharing so many photos of our friend, as we did not know her family. I agree that she loved and missed her work at the MV City Library. We spoke of it often. May Melissa rest in peace. Susan Redd."
"We remember Melissa as a sweet wonderful woman with a smile that was always lighting up her face. When she came to our cottage she had a great time and just loved floating in the water on one of the many noodles. She would talk and laugh and have a wonderful time. We'll all miss her and her gentle ways. Love ya Melissa"
"I loved my grandma because she was always nice. She was fun to play games with. She was fun in every way. Love, Nate"
"Melissa truly made a difference in this world. She left behind millions of small kindnesses - often given to people who rarely received them. She reached out to the homeless, the mentally ill, the sick and the elderly. It was clear that she wanted to live her life by the golden rule and I believe she truly succeeded. May she rest in peace."
"Grandma Melissa showed us the value of a good sense of humor. Even when she was upset, she could always laugh at herself.
She was the coolest babysitter we ever had. A visit from Grandma meant reruns of the ultra-violent Walker Texas Ranger or the melodramatic JAG. She may have had a little bit of a crush on badass SFPD detective, Nash Bridges.
Despite living thousands of miles away, she invariably observed my birthday with a card and a check for fifteen dollars annotated with "Deposit this!" and a little smiley face.
She displayed a rare degree of empathy for everyone she came in contact with. She effortlessly befriended the homeless regulars at her library, people with living lifestyles, and of course her grandchildren.
She was also fearless. I remember watching her perform some sort of interpretive dance involving colorful flags in front a church congregation. Her attitude enabled a truly unencumbered display of faith through motion, despite no formal training.
I'm struck by her consistent effortless kindness. There was never any sort of calculation. If she had the power to help, she would. That is greatest lesson Grandma Melissa taught us."
"Since Liz was my best friend in high school, I had a lot of opportunities to interact with Melissa when i spent time at her house. She always had a smile and welcomed me warmly into her home. As the years went on, my family became Liz's family and vice versa due to the amount of time we spent with one another. Melissa was so wonderfully different from my Mom whom I thought, at the time, only ever cooked and cleaned. Melissa ran in 10K races with her daughter, worked outside the home and made terrific salads. Most importantly, at a time in my life when I so desperately needed to be liked and accepted for who I was, Melissa always took interest in how I was doing. Being beautiful strawberry blonde, Melissa always commented on my dark hair. One day, she gave me darling,handmade raggedy Ann and Andy dolls with dark, curly hair just like my own. What a wonderful gesture and validation to a teenage girl that only wished she could have any hair but her own! I am so glad to have these dolls by which to always remember her. I would anyway, though. She's just not a person you ever forget."
"To write this note means to accept Melissa has gone ahead. Before Steve and I married, I remember staying with Melissa and Craig in Bellevue....I guess we all grew up together. Marrying and divorcing twice, Craig and Melissa forever loved each other but because of their differences found living together difficult. Together they created three gifts of God in their children. I forever will remember Melissa's vitality, giggle, love of life and of the Lord. She left too soon but she is now with the Lord she loved so much."
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