Celebration of Life for Melanie Rychlik
Thursday, September 19th @ 1:00pm
Shepherd of the Hills Church, Courtyard Drive

  • Born in Pottersbar, England, United Kingdom.
  • Passed away on August 11, 2019 in Lubbock, Texas, United States.
Melanie lived and loved every minute of life to the utmost. She was an accomplished tennis player, playing competitively at both the 4.5 and 5.0 levels.  A passionate animal lover, she enjoyed wine, telling a good story (with a little embellishment), astrology, estate sales, and was active in her community, volunteering with CASA, Make a Wish, and Mobile Loaves & Fishes.

Melanie got the most out of every day and had no regrets.  She kept the poem below with her as a reminder to live each day to the fullest.  Let the memory of Melanie be with us forever.  

The Dash
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?
By Linda Ellis, Copyright © Inspire Kindness, 1996, thedashpoem.com.

Please join us September 19th to celebrate her life, and post memories, messages, or photos on this online memorial.  

Celebration of Life for Melanie Rychlik
Thursday, September 19th @ 1:00
Shepherd of the Hills Church
6909 W Courtyard Drive, Austin, Texas 78730

Posted by Cristhian Daniel on September 24, 2019
Un saludo vi la historia y las fotografías, Que hermosa vida de verdad no hay que estar tristes, Yo personalmente he pedido a Dios por la familia y por el alma y quisiera darle unos consejos a la familia, Cuando una persona se va lo que está persona más quiere es que su familia nunca sufra, Las personas no desaparecen ella está en el paraíso y todos viajaremos ahí algún día los planes de Dios son perfectos es seguro que está ahora mismo en un lugar mejor yo le pediré a Dios por su alma por favor a la familia, Piensen en todo momento que ella está mucho mejor en un lugar mejor donde todos esperamos ir a la hora de nuestra muerte
Posted by Belinda Makins on September 23, 2019
We lost you way too soon, but never doubt the impact you had on our family. Your infectious laughter, generous heart, and your astute insight were a gift that will live on forever. As a mother, I thank you for helping Greg grow to the man he is today. My heart aches for all of us who love you, Mel. I can still hear you as we were celebrating Pappy's 90th Birthday telling him he was a player when he was courting Granny...you made his day! We will never forget you and never doubt how much you were and are loved. Forever in my heart....
Posted by Constance Robb on September 16, 2019
Melanie, it was so unfair you leaving us so young. You are sadly missed by so many, young and old. Not only for your bubbly personality, glamor and kindness, your love of family and friends but also as a role model to all tennis players and animal lovers. RIP. 
Posted by Paige Williams on September 15, 2019
I will miss Melanie's contagious laugh and admired her huge heart for animals. She had such a deep adoration for her parents and her husband, Greg.  She always wanted to make the world a better place. Heaven has a new angel now and we are all blessed having her watch over us.
Posted by Tracy Barbier on September 5, 2019
I miss you so much! Your easy laugh and our endless phone calls. You were my go to person and I am lost without you.  Love you always. Your sister Tray!
Posted by Jacqueline Duffy on September 5, 2019
Mel, Have many memories of You as my most Fierce Competition at Rosebank Convent in Tennis naturally!!
Not only did We reach the Finals against each other at school but,
We played Doubles against other school teams often !! We always had a great time together as we were fiercely competitive!!
I do Remember the One ☝️ time that You started to question/ argue with the Ref..and got us in trouble for the game
How silly it all seems now ..
Bounce a few balls for us Mel

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