I have thought of her often, over the years. Her beautiful smile, infectious laugh. I loved being around her, she always brightened my day. She made nursing school at TU bearable. All the nights we got together and studied, then drank margaritas to celebrate when we passed our exams. I always thought we would meet again. I am so sad to think this will never be. I love and miss you. -Susan Wood
You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories provide solace for your family during this challenging time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in paradise. John 17:3
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May the peace of God be with all of you.
Our hearts are so sad to hear about Melanie. It has been years since we have seen her, so I loved seeing her beautiful pictures. The pictures of her as a little girl brought back sweet memories of the times we stayed in the Hefley home with Steve and Melanie while Berlin and Jan traveled. (Jan I still have two brass vases you brought me many, many years ago from one of your trips!) I can understand some of Melanie's physcial struggles as my mother as dealt with MS for years. I hope your memories of Melanie will bring you comfort in the years to come. I pray for peace and comfort for all of you. Love, Darrell and Dana Hannah
sorry to hear of your loss. We just found out
Jerry and Jean Walker
My memory of Melanie goes back to when she was very young. The photo gallery took me to her adult age. Thank you for posting those for us. Melanie was a sweet, strong, and talented lady! It is a privilege to have known her. She will live on in our hearts forever. I wish I could take away the pain in your hearts; I hope knowing so many care will be a comfort to you all.
Melanie was such a classy young woman--I always thought of her as the kind of person I'd want to me when I grew up. Thank you for having shared her with all of us through the years. God Bless.
I have good memories of cheering with Melanie at Pershing Jr. High. My prayers are with you (her family) as you grieve her loss and thank God for the blessing she was.
I want to pay tribute to a very special friend even though we lost touch a long time ago. Melanie was there for me starting at Camp Wakani to fend off spiders, ghost stories and even to hold my hand when I had the fluâ€¦ She accepted to be my dance partner in our last year of ballet even though I had the grace of an elephantâ€¦ She rode horses with me in rain or shine when I needed someone to talk to â€¦ She patiently taught me how to apply make-up without looking like I just learnedâ€¦ She always knew how to make us smile at Scottie practiceâ€¦ Most of all, she was one of those extremely rare people in life that was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. My deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences are with her family and friends.
Beverly Miller-Leligois, (Montpellier, France)
Burlin And family are thoughts are with you Lewis & Freda Scroggins
Looking through the pictures brought back so many memories. Thank you for sharing. She was a sweet person. We had many good times together K-12 grades. My heart goes out to the family for your loss.
Janet Dameron Reid
I always told Melanie that I was the luckiest man in the world because I loved her. I was wrong because, just like all of us we were lucky because she loved us.
I took ballet lessons with Melanie, and we were in the same class of Glendale 1982. She was such and incredible young woman, I was always in awe of her and will always remember her as a rolemodle, inspiration, and a wonderful lady.
Burlin & family,
Our thoughts & prayers go out to you all. May the Lord give you all peace & comfort.
My heart is breaking after looking at all of the pictures of Melanie through the years. I have so many wonderful memories of riding around in her little red Mazda during our years at Glendale. My deepest sympathies go out to all of her family and friends.
Although I lost touch with Melanie many years ago, my heart goes out to Steve, Jan, Burlin and all of your families at this sad time. The Hefley family was a huge part of my family's life when we were growing up in Springfield MO. Steve and Melanie were amongst the very first kids my brothers and I met when we moved to Springfield in 1968, and we were neighbors for many years thereafter. To this day I tell my daughters stories about adventures my three brothers and I had with Steve and Melanie - vacations at Table Rock Lake, sledding down the big hill behind their house, baseball games in our backyard, and many more. The photos from that era brought back many good memories - and I hope that your memories of Melanie will comfort you as well.
I remeber how when she was pregnant she took such good care of herself. She was so happy. Just a year before as a joke she had gone to a fortune teller who told her she would have 2 children. She said ya my cats. Miss you
Melanie you will be missed. I was looking at our photos last week. I will miss you
Dad and Jan - You are both in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Melanie will be missed.
My deepest sympathy to your family. My heart goes out to you at this painful time.
Burlin & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and the Family.
So sorry to hear about Melanie. Our memories go back to a cute little daughter , sister & friend to our daughter"Ninna Bon". It was a joy to
watch her grow into the beautiful young woman & mother. May God
Bless all her family in special ways
Jack and Wilda Vaughan Springfield, Mo.
Burlin and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless you and keep you in this difficult time.
Dear Burlin, Jan and Steven.... I'm so sorry to hear about Melanie passing away. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys and appreciate you putting all the pictures together it brought back lots of neat memories and it showed us what all she did and how she lived her life. She was a sweet girl and I'll miss her.
l am so overwhelmed in sorrow and sadness for Burlin ( an family ) , Steve ( an Family ), Ashton and Somer . May they always know how very Blessed they were to have had her in their lives . She had a special smile an Beauty inside an out . She was full of life and happiness when her babies were little. To know was her a blessing . May she now have peace and her family find strength in prayers . Melanie you will be missed But Never forgotten.
Our lives have a hole in them that can never be filled. We have been cheated out of a wonderful and loving person. She will truly be missed by all that have known her. Our deepest and sincerest sympathy. Love, Kay Ann and Jay.
Jan, Our lives have a hole that can never be filled. We will all miss her dearly. Our lives have been cheated out of something very precious and dear. Our hearts go out to you and dad........Love, Kay Ann and Jay
Melanie was such a beautiful young lady, taken way to soon. Jan, Ralph, and family you have our heart felt sympathy at this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers sent to you with love!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
I am so sorry to hear of your family's loss. May your family take refuge and find strength with God who is readily to be found. Psalms 46:1
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Beautiful,sweet Melanie. You are gone from us way too soon. When I think of Melanie many things pop into my mind simultaneously - her smile, her twinkle, her giggle, her charisma, her great style, her beauty, her sweetness. I am very saddened over her passing and wish I could have been there with everyone to honor her today. I have been and will continue to pray for the comfort of you all - her family and those who held her dear.
Laura Hefley Krupka
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family...
Burlin and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during these next weeks and months ahead. May God Bless you and take care of your Melanie.
Much Love Pam Artale
Our family wants you to know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. My(Jane) memory of Melanie is that she smiled all the time, was so beautiful and so very sweet. I know your hearts are so sadden and you will miss her greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you~Jane (Criner) and Buck Martin
Janice and family, My heart goes out to you. You are in my prayers. I have such fond memories of Melanie and Shelley playing together as little girls.
All my love and sympathy, Emma (Pendergraph) Slone
Jan & Ralph, Ashton and Sommer: Though we can't be there, know how sorry we are for your loss and our thoughts are with you. Melanie was such a sweet niece and had such a vibrant personality. She will be missed.
Linda and Charles King