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Melissa S. Hunt

Melissa S. Hunt

Melissa S. Hunt, 45, passed away at The Gardens at Stevens, PA on Monday, February 4, 2019.

She was born July 8, 1973, in Ephrata, PA to David O. Hunt and Charlotte R. (Hurst) Hunt.

Melissa was preceded in death by her mother Charlotte and a sister, Julia B. Fritz.

Surviving Melissa are her Father, Step-Mother, Patricia Fasnacht, a sister Allison Hunt of San Diego, CA, a brother David Hunt, Jr. husband of Karen (Smith) Hunt of Hershey, PA, and a nephew, Jonathan Hunt of Hershey, PA.

Melissa was a graduate of Ephrata High School and went on to receive her Bachelors in English from the University of Delaware and her Masters from the University of Kansas. After college, she spent her working life in social services, helping others. In 1998 she founded and ran her own newspaper in Lancaster called "The Inside." She made many mission trips to Central America and spent some time working in England and Mexico. She played tennis at Ephrata High School and was an avid lifelong tennis fan.

 Melissa's family wants to thank the entire staff of the Gardens at Stevens for their kind and compassionate care.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to https://hdsa.org/

Huntington Disease Society of America

505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902

New York, NY 10018

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To Melissa’s family and friends, I have been very sorry to know she has passed on, and I send my condolences to you all. Melissa and I met a number of years ago through our shared practice of meditation. Since she moved to Gardens at Stevens, several of us have met monthly with her there to meditate. She expressed gratitude every time to us, but we all felt so grateful to be with her in this way as she navigated through the excruciating progress of this disease. She meant so much to us. We were also so appreciative of her father, who she told us gave her so much support, standing by her consistently and lovingly. And her friend Tanya, who would visit her often. I know there are other family members and friends who will miss her as well. She was remarkably buoyant and was an inspiration to us. The staff at Gardens were all so nice, so good to her. I will continue to miss her very much, as will so many of us.
~ Marti Early
It was an honor and privilege knowing and taking care of your daughter. I will miss her greatly, as shall you. My deepest condolence!
~ Vera Fritz
GINKGO LEAF mid-November, Saturday afternoon meditation with Melissa, (she has fatal Huntington's) as I departed Stevens Nursing Home I stooped to pick up, from the parking lot, a green autumn leaf, fallen from a ginkgo tree at AC Moore I found the perfect frame to mount my find, now displayed in my office, on a low filing cabinet, upright, along with Tibetan beads, a vajra, and a small statue of The Buddha as I sit at my desk, I often gaze, to my left, at the now yellow-brown, ginkgo leaf ...and think of Melissa
~ Milt Machalek
I treasure the times I spent with Melissa in our meditation group. Her sweet, accepting nature is something I will always remember and I will deeply miss being with her. Sincere condolences to Melissa's family.
~ Linda Hauns
I met Melissa 7 years ago at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster. I was in the midst of a big life change. We both went to UUA General Assembly in 2012 in Phoenix, AR. Her passion and commitment to social justice and the service of others inspired me. Her legacy is vast and so important. You are all in my thoughts and heart.
~ Rev Sage Olnick
Sorry to hear Dave. Please accept our sympathies and regards.
~ Jeffrey Kemmerer
To the family and friends of Melissa Hunt I am sorry to hear about your loss. I know this is a tough time for you and so may the God of comfort help you through (Isaiah 25:8).
~ The Browns
It is with great sadness that I saw the listing in today’s newspaper of Melissa’s passing. Obviously as someone who married into the extended family, I know of the tragic consequences this disease caused so many of your family. Please accept my deepest condolences on the additional loss of daughter, Melissa.
~ Donna A. Burkholder
Stunned to hear of Mel's passing. Oh the memories I have of her and her gang of great friends from her high school years on the tennis team at EHS. I have been blessed to have coached so many fantastic young women and Mel was one of them. Competitive and caring, strong and instilled with sportsmanship. They laughed and sang on the trips to away matches, beat most of their opponents and did so with grace and compassion. Mel was the quiet one of the group, but she was always smiling. Condolences to the family.
~ Cheryl Fritz
We will all miss her very much. She was very important in the lives of my children and was instrumental in the way I approach the world. We miss you Mel, Thank you for being you!
~ Brian Douglas Snow

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