It is so hard to believe that Melanie would have been 38 years old today if she had lived. I have recently scanned a few pictures of her that I found in some old pictures I had.
This one was taken when she was a bridesmaid in her sister's wedding. She was always very thin because of her rheumatoid arthritis. That is her Dad at the end of the driveway. He is flagging down the limo that had come to pick them up for the wedding.
This was taken in 1996. I really like this picture of her. Every time she smiled, it lit up her face. She had such pretty blue eyes and lovely skin. Bless her heart - she lived in excruciating pain every day of her life from the time she was around 4 or 5 years old. There were many days I'm sure she didn't smile.
This is one of her with my sister Alice. Alice and I had both gotten off work for a few hours to run down to the courthouse. We wanted to be there with them when her Mom and Paul got married. This one was taken in March of 1997. She had just turned 22 years old the November before this was taken. She was gone 10 months after this picture was taken. She and my Douglas were the youngest of Mama's grandchildren with Douglas being 8 months younger than Melanie. Love you Mel.