Melissa was my dearest friend. Both of us took a break from our college experience and lived with a household of folks in Orlando FL. We worked as the first employees at Walt Disney World! Over the years there were visits to each other's locations. She only missed one of my many abodes, but I stayed at all three of hers! We shared letters, postcards (all saved and often re-read), phone calls, texts, and even a boyfriend!
She was a big influencer in my life. She enjoyed and respected what this world offered and gave back a gentle sweetness. She had so many friends and I am lucky to have been one of them. Her time with us was too short and I miss her every day. I always think of Sweet Melissa with the phrase "If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever."
From Terry Profilet Constable on October 21st, 2018
Lee Ann and I'd kept in touch always after that life-changing summer of 1969 in Atlantic City, NJ, when Lee, Debbie Reese, Nora Nugent and I went there for the summer, oestensibly so that Lee and Dave Errickson could be together. Little did we know it would cause our lives to change. sometimes with turbulence-- it was definitely a defining moment. Lee and I'd come together at her parents' home in Sherwood Forest several times a year after that. Our lives diverged but we be in contcact by phone. Bryan, Heather, Billy and I moved to Portland, OR, in 1992, but Lee and I didn't let the daily ins and outs of raising families and working get in the way. We began meeting in Golden, Co, in October, where Barbara had moved, to celebrate Babs' birthdays and do girl things together. Today, October 21, is the fifth anniversary of her passing. Barbara passed away a few weeks later. These two kind women were a great influence on me, and their love saw me through some tough times. Terry
i was with Larry the night before he died. My college roommate and I had come to my home in between final exams. Larry and Judy Miller were to have a picnic the next day to plan their future. He really loved Judy and I remember heading back to Richmond being very happy for him. This past week I spent some time on the Chesapeake Bay and I couldn't help wondering what he would have done in life, would he and Judy got married, and how many kids would he would have had. Larry was a very special person in my life. No truer friend. I would give anything if he, Dave, and I could sit down and have a beer and remember all the crazy things we did.