Melissa Mia Hall, 57, died at home Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, St. John's Episcopal Church, 2401 College Ave., Fort Worth. Memorials: A donation account has been setup in Melissaâ€™s name; the Paypal e-mail address is [email protected]
or 618 Sumter Drive, Wylie, Texas 75098. She was born Jan. 7, 1954, in Fort Worth. She was devoted to her family, an ever-thoughtful friend, a kind mentor and teacher. After earning her communications journalism degree from UT-Arlington, her creative free spirit found its lifelong expression in fiction and nonfiction writing, photography, and paintings and collages. She had worked for Barberâ€™s Bookstore and as a substitute teacher, reviewed hundreds of books for various publications, taught writing, and did freelance editing. She was also a critic and interviewer for many publications, among them the book industry bible, Publisher's Weekly, for almost 10 years. Her professional and personal friendships and collaborations included many nationally honored names in mainstream, mystery, fantasy, dark fantasy and science fiction writing. She left a legacy of family and friends, who loved her gentle spirit and will deeply miss her unique and creative presence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Louise, and sister, Melody. Survivors: Sister, Michele Carroll; nieces, Amanda Carroll Pokett, Amy and Erin Phinney, Misha Mia Trimm; nephew, Michael Hanson; great-nieces, Marissa Mia Kirkpatrick, Jessica Voisin, Elizabeth Hanson, Madison Pokett; great-nephews, Jonathan Trimm and Mason Pokett; two great-great-nieces; and one great-great-nephew.
Published by Star-Telegram on Feb. 6, 2011.