Melissa  McBride's Memorial

Melissa McBride
(1977 - 2009)

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General Details

Name: Mrs Melissa McBride
Maiden Name: Blackford
Gender: Female
Age: 32 years old
Lived: Saturday, 7 May 1977 - Tuesday, 6 October 2009

My Story

In 1995 Melissa wrote in my yearbook, "I think it's safe to say the road on which we have traveled has been a bumpy one. I just want you to know my door never has and never will be closed. I am still here for you."  There is a profound truth behind these words.  I know that her door never closed and I know that no matter what bumps in the road I may face she will always be there. 

Melissa was unlike anyone I have ever known. She was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of appendiceal cancer known as PMP(pseudomyxoma peritonei) on 3/11/2003. She faced it head on and with an almost unheard of ferocity. She endured multiple surgeries, two rounds of chemotherapy and 6 years of knowing she would not be cured, and did all of this with a smile on her face.  Her strength came from her heart, she loved life and knew it was worth fighting for.  In September of 2007 she married the love of her life, Michael McBride, who renewed her strength and shared his own in the times when hers wavered. Melissa found in Michael the last piece of the puzzle. 

In her last few months she fought harder than ever before. All her arrangements had been made, all her affairs in order, all of her goodbyes were said and everyone told her it was ok to leave us, but she told us all that she didn't know how to stop fighting.  Melissa thought that would be a sign of weakness and she was anything but weak.  She never let the world see her pain and spent most of her time thinking of how hard her passing would be on all of us. Strangely, after all the time spent promising her that I would be ok, I cannot even begin to express how wrong I was. I am lost without my friend. I am so grateful that I knew her and that I spent so much time laughing with her, I have learned so much about life from her and I can never thank her enough.

For her strength, for her compassion, for her generosity, for her laughter but mostly for her friendship Melissa will be missed.


Melissa's father spoke at the church and was kind enough to share his words here:
http://webmail1.webmail.aol.com/28563/aol-1/en-us/mail/get-attachment.aspx?uid=1.22567431&folder=Saved&partId=2&saveAs=MelissaBlackfordMcBride.doc

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Still miss you so much.
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Miss you...
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Never Forgotten! I love ya Cous!
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You may be right, I may be crazy... Love and miss you lots.
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Happy Holidays my love.
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The following is a link to the words of Melissa's father, that were delivered at her funeral. http://webmail1.w...
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I am deeply sorry for your loss, but moreover, a loss for for the many who loved her, knew her, and had the privi...
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I lit a candle last night for you. I cant believe that you are gone. I am having such a hard time right now trying to...
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Words cannot express what you meant to me. You were not just a daughter-in-law but truly a daughter and friend. In th...
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One of the few things I could count on growing up was seeing your smiling face every day. You are a rare soul who off...
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This was the song we had our first dance to as husband and wife. Hearing it ...
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To my loving wife- You are my soulmate and the love of my life. I have been blessed to walk by your side and to be ...

Biography

Fathers Name: William Blackford
Mothers Name: Fran Blackford
Spouse's Name: Michael McBride
Children's Names: Berkley and Amelie
Siblings Names: Brian Blackford
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Northport
Marital Status: Married

Interests

Favourite Book: Anything by Mary Janice Davidson, Lisa Scottoline or Sophie Kinsella. I also loved Stephen Colbert's
Favourite Movie: Monster In Law, The Simpsons Movie, Hitch, Robots, Spanglish, The Devil Wears Prada, Milk, Bride War
Favourite Charity: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center & Good Shepherd Hospice
Other Interests:
"I may not always be right, but I am never wrong," "Merely surviving is for sissies" "There are only two kinds of women, goddesses and doormats" ~ Picaso

Passing

Date of Passing: 6 October 2009
Cause of Passing: Cancer - But only because she decided it was time to go. On her own terms.
Funeral Director: Nolan & Taylor Howe Funeral Home
Funeral Location: 5 Laurel Ave Northport
Funeral Date: 10 October 2009

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