Melissa remains an inspiration in my life, my childrens' lives, and many, many others. Her spunk, openness, and determination were the epitome of all that is good in the human spirit. She leaves a legacy that reaches very far and wide.
One of my sisters is named Melissa, Greek for honeybee. Melizzard's passing comes very close to the one year anniversary of a dear neighbor's passing (April) to the very same metastatic breast cancer. Both women were, IMO, a boon to their communities and families.