Condolence & Memory Journal

Melissa and I had the same EOD date at the Salem VAMC and worked the same unit. She was a phenomenal nurse. I just found out and my heart aches. I am so sorry that you all are having to endure what must be a difficult situation. I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by Monica Coles - Roanoke, VA - Coworker   May 05, 2019

The Paparo family is so sorry for your loss of Melissa.You are in our prayers.

Posted by Nancy Paparo - Daleville, VA - Friend   March 22, 2019

To Melissa's family ~

What a wonderful, loving, radiant daughter you raised. She brought light and kindness wherever she went. My first day at the Charleston VA I was paired with Melissa, I instantly knew that we would get along just fine. I've never met someone who would go above and beyond for everyone. She was true sunshine, even in some pretty rough storms.

I am a better person for knowing her. I will always look at the water and think of her, I know how much she loved the beach. I am so sorry for your loss. She touched so many lives in her short time here on Earth. She is with us everyday, guiding us to love as fiercely as she did, and help others without judgement or repayment. She had a heart too good for this world. We'll see you in the next Melissa.

Nothing but love,
Kayla Berrios

Posted by Kayla Berrios - Beaufort, SC - Friend   March 18, 2019

Deepest sympathy to Melissa's family and many friends. I was fortunate to work with her at Salem Va. She was an excellent nurse. I shared many wonderful laughs with her.

Posted by Linda Thompson - Roanoke, VA - Friend   March 09, 2019

Melissa was an amazing nurse. She made us laugh and taught us the utmost empathy. i know we will all miss her greatly as well as all the patients who will never have the opportunity to experience her compassionate loving nursing care!

Posted by Robin Badgley - VA - Coworker   March 09, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace to Melissa's family .

Posted by Joann Clemmer - Roanoke, VA   March 09, 2019

Melissa was an amazing young lady with such a free, kind hearted spirit, and amazing nurse. She LOVED all of her patients . I was lucky to work with Melissa at the Salem VAMC.

Posted by Joann Clemmer - Roanoke, VA - Coworker   March 09, 2019

I worked with Melissa at the Salem VA hospital and was blessed to know her. She was a very compassionate and caring nurse that took very good care of her patients. She was a quiet reserved person and I will miss her dearly
My prayers are for comfort for you her Family
I am sorry for your loss

Posted by Patricia Ramsey - Salem, VA - coworker   March 09, 2019

Denny and Debra,

I am so sorry for your loss. Melissa was a beautiful girl.
I still remember us all moving from PA and NJ to Roanoke. Going to your house in Daleville so Debbie could cut our hair , Melissa right by your side.
Please know I have been praying and thinking of you all since hearing the sad news.
God Bless,
Danielle Boam Wooldridge - Troutville, VA

Posted by Danielle Wooldridge - Troutville, VA - Family Friend   March 07, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Melissa, she was a lovely young lady. Melissa was good friends with my son Shawn. Praying for you.

Posted by Shirley wold - Salem, VA - Acquaintance   March 07, 2019

You are missed dearly. I will never forget how friendly you were God bless you. Forever an angel to me

Posted by Dawn Fratello - Charleston, SC - Friend   March 07, 2019

You will be missed. A star had gone out of my sky

Posted by Rebecca (Becky) Boitnott - New Castle, VA - Friend   March 06, 2019

Thank you for sharing your precious child with so many. Melissa was my daughter (Kayla Berrios) coworker and friend. Then, when I decided to transfer to Charleston VAMC, Kayla (advised by Melissa), was insistent on my living at Riverland Woods, "nowhere else". So, I'll say Melissa was a coworker, friend, and neighbor.

When I was going through transition with relocation/employment, Melissa "showed up". She was a lifesaver to many. She gave me the shoes, I spoke of at her memorial yesterday. When Kayla came to visit, so did Melissa. She loved my grandson, Carlos ... bringing him blocks, etc. She was my apartment sitter, when I traveled.

As much as Melissa unconditionally supported others, in her memory, Kayla and I have decided to support a mission on James Island. I first noticed this Blessing Box on the day Melissa was called home. On the 9th of the month, as long as I'm in Charleston, there will be blessings in Melissa's memory.

Our hearts ache for you and your family. Melissa will not be forgotten.


Posted by Susan Kinnear - Charleston, SC - Friend   March 06, 2019

My sympathy Deb and Dennis, Cory, Steve and Gretchen on the passing of Melissa a beautiful, smart, talented, a "Lean On Me" type of young lady. A daughter, sister, nurse, coworker, friend willing to help where and when needed. Thank you, Melissa, for coming to my home for Thanksgivings and/or Christmas dinners and specially last Thanksgiving to laugh and eat and share a prayer with us. We "Never Have To Say Goodbye" only LOVE. "Dream On" sweet angel-see you later.

Posted by Mary Styne - McClellanville, SC - family   March 06, 2019

It is so hard to think something like this could ever happen and then it does and you just remember being little kids living on the same street. You will be missed.

Posted by Richard Sealey - Roanoke, VA - Family Friend   March 06, 2019

Dear Debra and Dennis,
Debra I haven't seen you in many years..Truly heart broken when I saw your precious daughter on this Memorial page...She was a beautiful woman..There are no words to express the loss of a have our deepest sympathy at this very sad time.. May God Bless and keep you all.. Your friend, Nancy Bracken

Posted by Nancy Bracken - Easton, PA - Friend   March 06, 2019

Dear Lisa,
Words cannot express the sorrow I have for your loss. I don't know if you remember me, but, I remember you, and if your daughter was anything like you, the world is at a loss too. I am raising you all up in prayer, for peace and "understanding" that surpasses our knowledge. Please know that she's being taken care of in heaven with the multitude of those who went on sister will look out for her. I am so deeply sorry..

Posted by Pamela Popowick (Sarvis) - New Windsor, NY - Classmate   March 06, 2019

I worked with Melissa, too, and agree that she was always smiling and a fun person to be around. I have been so saddened by her loss and her absense is truly missed. May she rest in peace.

Posted by CHRISTINE HARRISON - Summerville, SC - Coworker   March 05, 2019

Denny & Debra, we are sorry for your loss. May our Lord be with you and your family. Denny & Kathy

Posted by Denny & Kathy McCormick - Family   March 05, 2019

Melissa will be truly missed! Very few people have the gift to imprint on others hearts and she was one of the few who has left an everlasting print on the hearts of all of us who knew her. SIHP baby girl! No more sorrow! Family I will keep you all in my prayers! Blessings!

Posted by Sharaka Nelson - Charleston, SC - Coworker   March 05, 2019

Denny and Debra, so very sorry to hear of your loss. There really are no words to say that take away the pain. Hope peace finds its way to you and your family. Thinking of u. Nan and Chuck Swain

Posted by Nan and Chuck Swain - The Villages, FL - Friend   March 05, 2019

I worked with Melissa in ACC but I met her during my new hire orientation last year. I was just starting my divorce. It was the darkest time in my entire life. And here was this little bright shining light who helped show me around the hospital and was my bus buddy. Those small acts were so appreciated and I wish I could have told her how much that meant to me. The old saying about "You never know what battle someone is fighting", I was in a struggle for my life and she was a hand that reached out to me and a smile. Thank you Melissa ;

Posted by Bill richburg - Goose Creek, SC - Coworker   March 05, 2019

Bryan and I are so sorry for your loss,
The Parkers

Posted by Crystal PARKER - Urbana, IL - Family Friend   March 05, 2019

I worked with Melissa at my dads restaurant in Roanoke VA. She was always a pleasure to be around. I cant believe she is gone. A sweet girl gone too soon. Our family sends our condolences during this difficult time. Her spirit will always be remembered.

Posted by Kristy Faulk - Wilmington, NC - Coworker   March 05, 2019

Melissa was such a sweet soul. I enjoyed her during our high school years. Rest easy Melissa, prayers and condolences for her family.

Posted by Belinda Argabright - Goodview, VA - Classmate   March 05, 2019

She was an excellent nurse and a great friend. She will be truly missed. Sending love to the family.

Posted by D Jarecki - Charleston, SC - friend   March 04, 2019