Melissa Eastham, 47, of Midland, passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 31, 2012, in California.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Midland, with Dr. Tim Walker, officiating.
Melissa was born August 22, 1965, in Clovis, New Mexico to Harry and Cathy Eastham. She graduated from St. Mary's Law School and began her legal career in the courtroom working for the Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office in Clovis, New Mexico. She started as an Assistant District Attorney and ended her time there as a Deputy District Attorney.
After leaving the District Attorney's office, Melissa moved to Midland, Texas where she worked for the law firm of Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe and Dawson as an associate attorney in their litigation section. Melissa left Cotton, Bledsoe in April of 2006 to form her partnership with Ken, and Matticks & Eastham, LLP was born. Melissa handled a wide variety of litigation matters and had expanded her practice to include small estate planning and assisted several organizations in business development matters.
Melissa has a long family history of civic involvement with a particular affinity for non-profit organizations. While in Clovis, Melissa served on the Board of Directors for Mental Health Resources and the CASA Board of Directors where she served as President of the Board for 2 years. She also served as President of the Curry-Roosevelt Bar Association and was the founding member of the Women's Bar Association of Curry-Roosevelt Counties. Melissa was a Judge and attorney trainer for the Curry County Teen Court program and coached the high school mock trial team. After moving to Midland, Melissa had continued to volunteer for several non-profit organizations. She served on the Board of Directors for The Safe Place of the Permian Basin and was presently serving on the board for High Sky Children's Ranch and the Museum of the Southwest. She was also a member of the Advisory Board for Prosperity Bank. She was a former member of the Board of Directors for the Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center. Melissa in the past had worked with Teen Court in Midland as a volunteer judge. Melissa is a member of First United Methodist Church.
Melissa loved life and this tragic ending came at the peak of her happiness. She will be missed by her family, friends, and all those she touched during her precious life.
Survivors include, her mother, Cathy Eastham of Midland; brother, Mark Eastham and wife, Michelle, of Minneapolis, MN; grandmother, Katheryn Williams Baker, of Midland; nephew, Mark Eastham, Jr. of Sunnyvale, CA; nieces, Miranda and Melanie Eastham; nephews, Michael and Matthew Eastham, all of Minneapolis, MN. She is also survived by her furry children, Ellie, Brinkley, Mattie, and Emma.
She is preceded in death by her father, Harry Eastham; maternal grandfather, Leon Williams; paternal grandparents, Carmel and Helen Eastham; step-grandfather, Phillip Baker; and her beloved furry child, Maggie.
The family suggests memorials be made to the High Sky Children's Ranch Inc., 8701 West County Road 60, Midland, TX 79707; or Safe Place of The Permian Basin, P.O. Box 11331, Midland, TX 79701; or the Rape Crisis Center of Midland, 1700 North Big Spring Street, Midland, TX 79710; or the Museum of the Southwest, 1705 West Missouri Avenue, Midland, TX 79701.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Jan. 8, 2013