Melissa Mia Hall
1954 - 2011
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 Melissa’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 Barber’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.
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Intelligent, eccentric, wistful, bold. Melissa! We wrote copy together at Dillard's; she was my "big sister" then.Oh, how we would dream of our futures while rushing our end-of-the-month clearance copy back to the typesetter! Melissa wrote copy that sounded like a sonnet, then laughed as she crumbled it and threw it away. So endearingly Melissa...
July 19, 2011
Melissa and I have been friends since we traveled to France when we were in college some 35 years ago. We bonded deeply, sharing our lives with each other over the years. She was so much a part of my life and I am so terribly sad that she is gone. Melissa, I will light a candle and think of you often. Love, Diane
Diane Grace
April 16, 2011
February 22, 2011
Dear Melissa, I met you at my wedding to your cousin Kyle in Durant, OK in December 1995. I had no friends or family there. Even though we had just met, I felt comfortable with you and you became my honorary maid of honor. I loved your quirky southern gothic view of the world and your intensity about your work. I thought of you often over the years and with great fondness.
Bernadine Riordan
February 21, 2011
To a great script editor, teacher and moreso, prayer partner at trying times.
Clarence Lewis III
February 18, 2011
God Bless you Melissa. I know you are in heaven with the angels and our Heavenly Father.
Kara Aitken
February 10, 2011
Melissa was the sweetest person I know. her heart was too large for her own good at times. If she liked you, she was your champion and defender. Her talents were many. I will forever regret missing our birthday lunch. Michele
February 10, 2011
Melissa was such a nice person with so many talents and a gentle sense of humor. She always had so many projects going on and so many things she could do. I envied her creativity. Probably 30 years ago she took a photograph of me that ended up probably being my favorite photo of me. I purchased a very special frame for it and gave it to my very special Grandmother. My Grandmother treasured it until she died many years ago. Melissa emailed me this past Christmas because she liked the snow photos (from 2009 Christmas) that I had on our 2010 Christmas card and sent me some of her snow photos from the same timeframe. She signed the emails, "Hugs, Melissa, Daisy and Colette Kitty... " -- Becky Matthews Haynie
February 10, 2011
We got to know Melissa and her sister Melody through her two nieces Amy & Erin. Such wonderful memories of two great ladies.
Thinking of the family during this difficult time.
Ann & Alan Codlin
February 8, 2011
I met Melissa thru her sister Melody who was one of my best friends for over 25 years. I know she will be missed.
Carolyn Holcomb
February 8, 2011
I knew Melissa for over 30 years and met her thru her sister Melody who was one of my best friends and I kept up with her thru Melody. I know she will be missed. Carolyn Holcomb
February 8, 2011
I knew Melissa for more than 30 years as a friend and fellow writer. We emailed occasionally and talked whenever we were in the area. She was a dearly loved and will now be sorely missed.
Scott Cupp
February 8, 2011
Will miss your wonderful writing and your love of fiction. Peace to you Melissa
Alice Hoffman
February 8, 2011
Dearest Melissa, I suppose it is true that the good, bright, humorous, and gentle souls do die young. You were there with me and our other friend on my first Thanksgiving after my husband died. You gave me an original art piece that you created. I will remember you fondly!
Toni Prachick
February 7, 2011
I knew Melissa thru her dear sister Melody, I cannot believe she too is gone. My heart goes out to you Michelle, Amy and Erin. I miss Melody almost every day and always meant to get in touch with Melissa again. Time just isn't on our side. Bless you all.
Kathy Jones Robertson
February 7, 2011
She was a lover of books and photography.she will be missed.
roy conner
February 7, 2011
Oh, Melissa, can't believe yet that you crossed over. Godspeed, my friend . . .
Susan Mary Malone
February 7, 2011
My dear great aunt melissa i will miss you every day! I Love You and later in life we will be together once again hand in hand .
Marissa Mia Kirkpatrick
February 6, 2011
Melissa, we will never forget you.
Harley Jane Kozak
February 6, 2011
Melissa I will miss your periodic phone calls and your funny laugh. Heaven has received a truly wonderful gift. My love and prayers go out to your family and friends.
Pam Wilson Osburn
February 6, 2011
Melissa, I'm thinking of you now and I wish we hadn't been strangers recently. You were the sweetest, most fun and creative friend ever. We are all thinking of you and missing you . . .
Amy Sterling Casil
February 6, 2011
Melissa was such a sweet person, so caring and loving. I was so sadden to hear about her passing. The Class of 72 will miss her greatly!
Mandy Davis Byas
February 6, 2011
In loving memory of a wonderful person who was loved and will be missed greatly.
Regina Polk Sanders
a Carter-Riverside High School classmate
February 6, 2011
Deepest condolences to Melissa's many family members on her unexpected and tragic passing.

Melissa had taken the ubiquitous and modest fortune-cookie slips found in boxes and beside plates from throwaways to found art objects and made them a symbol of her creative spirit and her personal hopes for the future. She put them in collages and on greeting cards, which she loved and used frequently.

Whether it was through writing fiction or her photography and painting, her life was a continuing creative assemblage in which she reached out to others in various roles, sometimes as peer, educator, critic, collaborator or mentor, but always as friend. As a fiction writer, she had a feminist sensibility and an unblinking eye when confronting the dark. She persisted in following the creative life as fiercely as her idols, Vincent van Gogh and the French author known simply as Colette.

When Melissa joined me in a research trip to Paris years ago, she wrote ahead so that we could lunch at Colette's favorite restaurant. We sat in the late writer's usual velvet banquette bearing a brass marker with her name.

I hope Melissa is communing with Colette now, under a rainbow of good fortunes.
Carole Nelson Douglas
February 6, 2011
I am so sorry to learn of Melissa's passing. I knew her when she worked for me as an advertising copywriter at Dillard's in the late 70s. She was writing a science fiction manuscript back then and later won a prestigious award that entailed a trip to London. We were all thrilled for her and basking in her joy (and probably just a wee bit jealous.)
What a sweetheart she was.
Mari-Beth Douglas
February 6, 2011
Dear Melissa--I'll miss you forever, dearest friend.

jane yolen
February 6, 2011
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