Obituary of Melissa Blackwell |

Obituary of Melissa Blackwell

Melissa Blackwell

Melissa Blackwell is at rest after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Cancer isn’t who she was; it was what she lived with.

There will be a gathering in her honor from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at 12238 Sunset Ave, in Grass Valley.

She was born in 1951 in San Francisco and grew up there. She loved the city.

When she moved to Grass Valley as an adult, she appreciated its beauty and loved walking her dogs in nature.

She most recently worked at FREED Center for Independent Living, coordinating services for people living with disabilities.

She was best known for her sense of humor and her keen intellect. She answered any question with a humorous response first.

She was bold, sensitive, strong and opinionated. She never met a dog she didn’t love and rescued many, providing a safe and loving home. The bumper sticker on her car read, “Who rescued who?” with a paw print.

She cherished her friends and family. She was a good line dancer and she loved Zumba classes. She loved blues and country music and she felt happiest and most free riding a horse.

She had a passion for hawks and at one time volunteered with Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release. Releasing a hawk after the healing process was life-changing for her.

She was a gifted pine needle artist and won first prize for her basketry at the Nevada County Fair.

She grabbed onto life and held on tight. She spoke honestly about her health, which was a gift to the people who cared for her. She didn’t complain about her battles, she would say, “It’s been a heck of a ride and I enjoyed most of it”.

Donations may be made to Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, P.O. Box 868, Penn Valley, CA 95946

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