"Melinda S Howes"
November 16, 1947
May 29, 2005


Melinda S. Howes

WEST UNION -- Melinda S. Howes, 57, of West Union, departed this life on Sunday, May 29, 2005, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after an eight-month stay due to complications from surgery.

She was born on November 16, 1947, a daughter of the late John Everett Howes, who preceded her in death June 1975, and the late Eloise Howes, who preceded her in death on May 25, 2005. One brother, Steve Howes, also preceded her in death.

Melinda was a graduate of Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Md. with a degree in nursing, communication and journalism. She was a medical writer and marketing consultant, who had her own small business for more than 20 years. She loved writing, reading, talking on the phone and computer to friends and family and playing cards. Melinda was a member of the Tollgate Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

My Friends-
     We are gathered in this place to honor the memory of our dearly departed Sister in Christ, "Melinda Sue Howes". Her extraordinary ability to unite ever present, as we celebrate her life and blessed spirit together as one family.

     The name, "Melinda" is of Greek origin. Meaning: "Gentle One." What an appropriate name for this special woman. She will forever be remembered as one of the most caring and generous people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  She was slow to anger but quick to defend. The loyalty and devotion she showed to her friends is surpassed by none.

       Melinda left us, and this world, far too soon. Her kind heart and compassion, we will miss the most. We are left with a gentle spirit that surrounds all that knew and loved her. We rejoice in the fact that her body is whole again and that she suffers nevermore. As we remember our dear friend, companion and mentor, for her quick wit and rare charm our tears will soon turn to warm thoughts and smiles. We will share our memories and stories of humor with each other as our heavy hearts begin the process of healing. Finally we will all come to know a certain peace, safe in the knowlegde that Melinda has been called home and is herself, at peace.