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December 13, 2018

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March 16, 2018
This was such sad news. Our hearts go out to Marianne, Hugh, Misty and Noelle.

We knew Melody (and Gracie) for much too short a time, but our interaction was thoroughly enjoyable and meaningful. We were always impressed, even inspired, by her energy, effervescence, enthusiasm, positivity and determinaton. She was smart, quick and quick witted, ambitious and creative. And very appreciative, yet assertive, when warranted. She was always striving to increase her knowledge, skills and independence.

I can still hear, and will always remember, her uttering one of her favorite words: "Cool". She got to see and do a lot of cool stuff. Everyone understood Melody perfectly, when she said "Cool!"

We also remember Gracie, and the way she insisted on pulling out the hair of my long-haired, docile Silky Terriers. We had to sequester Gracie, in order to make progress in our one-to-one hands-on adventures.

I remember the first time, 15 years ago, that Diana and I, and my dogs, April and Stutz, met Melody, through Austin Mainstreet Access. Both her and AMA were remarkable in many immediately apparent ways. She seemed to have instant rapport with anyone, so first meetings morphed into friendships. I was later asked to provide her with AT (assistive technology) support through Arc of the Capital Area. How lucky I was, but there was symbiosis. She was a prize student, who learned quickly and worked hard. -- maybe a little too hard, so I had to slow her down! She just needed enough assistance now and then, to increase her independence dramatically. If someone opened a door for her, she would soar through it.

Melody's ambition was tied to her quest to maximize independence. She had lived in a time when school education was often, by her description, babysitting and participation certificates, so went out and earned a well-deserved GED on her own. She had an impressive, technological home setup that allowed her to control much of her home environment. When we met her, she was working on a degree at a virtual college, with the intention of becoming a graphic artist and web designer. I was brought in, as an AT Specialist, essentially, to provide the fundamentals and infrastructure that she needed to progress on that endeavor. In our first AT session, I saw how she had to struggle to do her college homework, needing attendant support at every inaccessible step, or even micro-step. I remarked that, she really needed to use something like Reach and ScanBuddy. She said "I already have that!" and guided me to a box of software, purchased, but never used, by prior providers. She had waited too long for this pending liberation, I found , installed and tested the software, With 15-20 minutes of hands-on training, she was able to do all of her homework with no external assistance! I said she was smart and quick. She said "Cool!" Soon, she was independently using Windows, browsers, email and productivity apps. She was thrilled. Door, then soar!! Cool! Cool! Cool!

Many more "Cool!"s ensued, as she kept trying, learning and using new things. We had no doubt that she would have succeeded in her goals, and were so fortunate to get to know her and help her at that time. But, sadly, she suddenly encountered some additional, significant and persistent, health problems, which severely impeded her progress. We kept hoping for that call, note or signal, which said she had recovered sufficiently to open the next door, resuming her amazing progress.

That door never reopened for us. She did not soar with us again. Instead, a different door opened, through which she took fewer, quieter steps. This new Melody still found new ways to enjoy, and make others enjoy, life.

We will miss all the different Melodys we knew. She was the coolest of The Cool, and we envision her soaring anew.
March 13, 2018
My deepest sympathies. May you heart find comfort in God's promises. Isaiah 35:5,6 Please accept my condolences.
March 8, 2018
Dear Morgan's,
We are sorry for your loss. Elmer Sabrsula saw Melody's Obituary in the Enterprise
and called us.

We share the common belief that we shall spend eternity with our loved ones
in that " forever" body.

Grace and peace.

Mike and Barbara
3/8/2018
March 8, 2018