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Melissa Welch Curtis 4/27/73 ~ 6/3/03  Early June 3, 2003, Melissa Welch Curtis, 30, was unexpectedly called home into the loving arms of her Father in Heaven. At the time of her passing she was recovering from surgery at her home in Gilbert, Arizona. Although unexpected her passing was peaceful. Melissa was born at the McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Weber County, Utah, on April 27, 1973. Near her third birthday, she moved with her family to Salt Lake City where she began creating memories of a remarkable life of love, joy and service. She was educated with her dear friends and siblings at her neighborhood schools of Indian Hills Elementary, Hillside Intermediate, and Highland High School, graduating in 1991. Through these years, Melissa collected a bouquet of friends and loved ones as she enthusiastically planned and participated in school activities. She especially loved swimming for Highland and served her team as captain her senior year. Melissa began her college education by attending the University of Utah where she was active in Chi Omega Sorority, serving in various leadership positions. She later transferred to Westminster College, graduating in communications, in May, 1997. While at the University of Utah, Melissa met the love of her life, Don Curtis, who became her eternal companion in the Salt Lake Temple on June 10, 1994. From the moment their friendship began, Melissa became radiant in her love for him and was sustained every day of her life with that light and love. After three years of marriage, Don was accepted to medical school and Chicago became their home for the next four years. In April of 2001, they relocated to Gilbert, Arizona to begin Don's residency program. Coupled with the love of being Don's wife, was the joy of being a mother. Melissa's three sons: Alexander, 5, Nicholas, 3 and little Joshua, 10 months, are her treasures and each moment of her day was filled with caring, nurturing, teaching and enjoying her children. She was a remarkable mother and homemaker. It is within the walls of her home that Melissa established the legacy of her love that now will sustain her family for the years to come. Melissa played the piano but loved her flute. She will be remembered for sharing this talent with Olympic visitors and dignitaries from around the world as she joined with her parents in hosting the Salt Lake City Bid effort. A deep love and appreciation will always be in her parents' hearts for the help, support and example she was to her siblings through the 12 stressful years it took to win the 2002 Olympics for Utah. Melissa had a special love for flowers and developed the talent for arranging while working at The Works Floral Shop. One of the important areas in Melissa's life involved her love of the Lord and her service to Him. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in leadership positions from her youth. She especially loved working with the Young Women and will always be remembered for sharing her testimony every day of her life in word and deed to everyone she knew. She was truly a noble Daughter of God. Surviving are her husband of Gilbert, Donald Ralph Curtis and three sons, Alexander, Nicholas and Joshua. Her parents are Alma Fowler Welch, Salt Lake City and Thomas Kenyon Welch, Park City, Utah. Also surviving are two sisters and three brothers: Lindsay (Molonai) Hola, Salt Lake City, Cameron (Seth) Kelson, Provo, Christopher (Jill) Welch, St. Louis, Missouri, Justin, Salt Lake City and David, Salt Lake City. One grandmother, Mary L. Fowler, Ogden, one aunt: Gayle (Mark) Rizley, Centerville, two uncles: Kent (Diane) Fowler, Layton, Dennis (Kathryn) Fowler, Bothell, Washington and twelve cousins. In addition, Melissa loved and is loved by her extended Curtis family who will also miss her greatly. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Harold L. Welch and Florence P. Welch, Ogden, and Charles N. Fowler, Ogden and one aunt, Karin Likes Welch. Funeral service will be held Monday, June 9, 2003, at 12:00 noon in the Monument Park 15th Ward, 1320 So. Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, Sunday, June 8, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm and at the ward Monday from 10:45 to 11:45 am. Interment in the Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in her home ward on Saturday, June 14 at 11:00 am at 2700 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert AZ 85234.  In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, a missionary trust fund has been set up at Zion's Bank in the name of The Curtis Children Missionary Fund. Donations may be made at any Zion's Branch.

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Published in Deseret News from Jun. 8 to Jun. 9, 2003.
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July 2, 2003
Dear Welch Family--

I'm so sorry for your loss. Although I knew Melissa from Junior High and High School, I remember her best when we lived next door to each other while I was a Pi Beta Phi and she was a Chi Omega. What a wonderful person she is!
Andrea Drossos
June 26, 2003
Alma and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Melissa's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
With Love,
Claire Unguren Olson
Claire (Unguren) Olson
June 24, 2003
My thoughts and prayers go out to you, and your family. She will be missed, greatly.
Anthony Domenigoni
June 23, 2003
Don, I am so sorry to hear about this unbelievable news. I can't begin to imagine how you must feel but my thoughts will be with you and your family. I don't pray much, but I'm praying for you now.
Eric Jaakola
Eric Jaakola
June 22, 2003
Dear Curtis' & Welch's,
I just found out about Missy, and was devastated. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy goes out to both your families today. She was so loving and open to everyone she met. She accepted everyone just the way they are, and seemed to draw something out of each one of them, giving so much happiness back. I met Missy at Westminster College and we became instant friends. She always beamed and hugged me whenever she saw me. I am saddened to know that I will never have the opportunity to see her and reminisce about our professors.
Emily (Welch) Kellett
June 16, 2003
To Don and Family - We are all so sorry for your loss. Don - your classmates from Scholl are all with you and we will continue to stand by you through this. God bless you and your children.
Jessica Rutstein
June 12, 2003
Mr. Curtis and Family:
I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and the boys mother. I helped in Alex's Kindergarten class, and although I never personally met your wife, I know she must have been a wonderful woman because Alex is a wonderful child. Our prayers are with you and the boys.

michelle easton
Michelle Easton
June 12, 2003
Many are thinking of you and your family, Donny. May you feel the great love the Lord has for you all and your tough questions get answered to your peace of mind.
Lance Heninger
June 10, 2003
Dear Alma and Family:
I am so sorry to hear of Melissa's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sheryl Strong-Cox
Sheryl Strong-Cox
June 9, 2003
I was shocked to hear of the passing away of my dear friend Missy. It has been so many years since we last spoke but I still feel very close to her. I have so many fond memories of our time at Highland High School. And I will never forget our talks in Europe. She was truly a wonderful friend. I will miss her very much. My pray goes out to her family at this difficult time.
Scott Jackson
June 9, 2003

Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your loved ones. May the Lord bless and sustain you in these trying times.


Shane, Daphne, Andrew, & Alexa Cannon
Shane Cannon
June 9, 2003
dear don and family,
i am so sorry to hear of the loss of missy's life. i offer my deepest sympathy for you all, and know that she will be more than greatly missed. i have incredibly fond memories of your entire family, and will not forget her smiling face and loving nature. It is difficult to believe that her demise is so. i share my love and feelings of loss with you all. i am so sorry that you have to suffer through this terrible tragedy. don, i have always had tremendous respect and admiration for you as a person. you have true kindness in your heart - know that i am honored to be your friend, and to help in any way possible. please call on me.
yours truly,
varuni kumara
June 9, 2003
I have fond memories of being the "new kid" at Highland High and Missy befriending me. She had a beautiful smile and wonderful sincerity. I pray for strength to be granted to all of you as you continue in your courage.
Marcia Hight Kunz
June 9, 2003

I am greived to hear of Missy's passing. I was flooded with memories from college, and living next door to you and Missy for a couple of years in Chicago. Your generosity, kindess, and inclusion in your lives made all the difference. Missy will be missed, but her example, and the legacy of your hospitality, will live on in the hearts of many.

Peter Jarman
Peter Jarman
June 9, 2003
Dear Alma and family
Sherry & I are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Phil and Sherry Unguren
Phil Unguren
June 9, 2003
Dear Welch's and Curtis's,

I was so sad to hear of Missy's passing. I have so many fond memories of growing up with her. I will be thinking of and praying for you all.
Carol Cook Hammond
June 9, 2003
I am sorry to hear of such a early release of my dear friend Missy to our Heavenly Father. I am thankful for the years I spent with Missy growing up in the Monument Park 15th ward as well as our friendship into high school. Missy always was a good girl. She touched many peoples lives and I believe will continue to do so.
I will miss you Missy, Until we meet again my friend.
Annmarie Ballard (Whitney)
Annmarie Ballard (Whitney)
June 8, 2003
I grew up with Missy in the MP 15th ward. Missy was such a beautiful person, and always had a smile on her face. I send all my love, prayers and blessings to the Welch and Curtis families.
Heather (Beers) Watts
June 8, 2003

I was so sorry to hear of this unexpected tragedy. I pray that you and your family can find some comfort during this wintry time in your lives. I treasured Missy’s great friendship during my otherwise awkward high school years. There were also many times when I appreciated the warm hospitality the two of you offered during our time together at the “U”. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Hank Jenkins
Harrison Jenkins
June 8, 2003
We're so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love to you, Jason's mom and dad.
Dave, Patty & Jessica Young
Dave, Patty & Jessica Young
June 8, 2003
I am so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. I was very close to Missy in Junior High and during our Freshman year at Highland High.
We shared so many great times together. I will never ever forget her energy, love and compassion. She was truely one in a million. My heart goes out the the family.
Julie Christensen Ryan
June 8, 2003
My hearfelt prayers are with you and your beautiful family. Through being friends with Lynn, I met a number of great people; Missy being one of them. To know the two of you was to truly know LOVE. It is my sincere hope that the love you two shared and created as a family will help sustatin you through this most difficult time.
Tonya Mitchell
June 8, 2003
DJC Curtis
June 8, 2003
Growing up with Don Curtis, I am deeply saddened at the Passing of his dear wife. Don I am praying that you are doing well and I wish the Lord's Blessings on you & your family. Missy though I did not know you very well I know that your family will have the necessary support to cope and survive. Don if you read this, I am praying for your health.
Scott Kamerath
June 8, 2003
Missy, even though we only spent a few short years around you, we will miss you greatly. Don and the kids will be in our prayers.
Tyson & Alli Florence
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