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Melissa Amber Knight

November 7, 1983July 7, 2019
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Melissa died suddenly and unexpectedly on July 7th 2019 from a pulmonary embolism. Melissa was born on November 7th 1983 in Ft. Worth Texas. She was loved from the moment she was placed in our arms. Always a happy child with a big smile and dimples that would melt your heart. From an early age she loved animals, reading and huggles. Melissa graduated from Bishop Lynch High School in 2002 and had worked the last 14 years in the hospitality industry. In recent years she had discovered Improv and loved preforming on stage and making new friends. A year ago she met Chris Petit and he was “the one” they made each other happy and were planning a life together. Melissa loved her family and was overjoyed to become an Aunt with the birth of Denali last year. Melissa had a personality larger than life and brightened any room she entered. She had a special gift of making people feel loved and important, always the first one to reach out to a friend in need. Melissa loved the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars and good bourbon. A few comments on her Facebook page sum her up perfectly: she was contagiously happy, her smile brightened the world and she was a bright light on earth and now a bright light in heaven. She will be forever loved and missed more than words could ever express. Melissa is survived by her parents, George and Debbie Knight, Brother Jordan and his wife Kristen and niece Denali, Grandmother Kathy Hester. Boyfriend Chris Petit. Aunts and Uncles, Marvin Hester, Scott and Sharon Hester, Carol Hester, James and Marie Knight, Paula and David Cawthon. Cousins Shelly, Jo, Hudson and Emma Hemler, David, Tara, Grace, Carter, and Ashton Hester, Megan, Steven, Haylee and Rylee Garcia, Amanda and Logan Hester, Annie and Jamie Knight, Amy Cawthon and Emily Wilkin.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Michael J Fox foundation for Parkinson’s disease.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, July 12, 2019

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Lottie Minick

July 16, 2019

George, your memory of Melissa is the one that broke my heart. We were all so blessed to know and love her.

Your Darling Daughter will be forever in my heart. As will you, Debbie and Jordan.

Be strong, she would only want happiness for all of you.

All my love, Lottie

Matthew Fisher

July 12, 2019

Ah, Melissa...

Memories of musicals come with your name. It wasn’t funny in the moment, but we’ll always have the McDonald’s parking lot on a Saturday afternoon after rehearsal. I’m glad we could stay friends after that. May your light shine bright.

Jacqueline Sisser

July 11, 2019

Melissa was one of my closest friends, and I wish I had more time to spend with her. She was a force of nature and a beautiful soul. The feeling of loss is beyond words, and I miss her dearly. I was lucky to call you my friend, Melissa.

The attached photo was of she and I performing an improvised novel titled “Orange Blossoms” with our troupe Resting Book Face. It was the first troupe I ever captained, and it would never be what it was without her guidance and support. In this set she was a young girl trapped in a life she didn’t want, in a tower with her brother (me) and her mother who kept her there. In this scene, she was telling me she wanted to go away to learn of all “the whirligigs on things she didn’t understand like...wind, pinwheels...that stuff.” To which I responded, “You don’t understand wind?” Making Melissa break character and laugh was one of my favorite things to do, as she would often give me a glare and look away from me to hide her laughter, and this moment in particular was my favorite.

I will never be the same without you, Melissa.

Tori Twomey

July 11, 2019

We lost a really special lady this week. Melissa was the warmest, most comforting, hilarious, sassy, supportive person, ready to beat up your enemies, pump you up, arm you with what you deserve, buy you a drink, smoothly arrange situations in your favor, tell you the wildest story you’ve ever heard, laugh until you’re both crying, and make eyes across the room with you to acknowledge weird situations. I got to perform improv with her for over 2 years and she was such a bright part of my life. This spring I am so thankful I got to be in a really special all lady improv troupe with her where she played the most badass career driven woman named Gayle that basically made sure all the other characters were okay and being smart and happy which was kind of a giant metaphor for the person she was. We will miss her so much. Melissa I’m so lucky I got to have you in my life ❤️

Liz Barksdale

July 11, 2019

Melissa, it's very tough to believe you're gone. You were always bringing people together and taking care of them. The last time I saw you, you had just come from a wedding where you'd made a bunch of new friends (which made me smile because that was so you), you were saying that you and I should hang out more, and you were triple checking to make sure I got home safe. That was all pure Melissa-- you could never have too many friends, and you didn't see anyone as an extra or background character in this world...just a couple of the reasons people describe you as a light.

I'm incredibly sad that I won't get more goofy memories with you and that I won't get to see more of your unique, beautiful, smart magic on stage, but I'm so grateful I got to know you. You know how thrilled I was to see you and Chris find each other. I wish you guys had gotten to have much, much more time together, but I'm glad my two wonderful friends found that amazing love with one another. You'll always be my fellow klutz soul sister and a huge inspiration to me to just be there for other people and to do the right thing. I'll miss you very much.

Sarah Worsham

July 11, 2019

I had the chance to get to know Melissa with our improv group, The Lady Brunch. Melissa showed me how to be generous, forgiving, agreeable, and bold as a person and as a performer. I loved working with her because I knew she had my back. One of my favorite things she ever said on stage was at the last show she performed at. "I ain't got no breeding no training or nothin I'm just here to have fun." I cracked up and I will for years to come. She LOVED her parents and brother, his wife, and her niece. She talked about them so much. It was so special and sweet to hear of her tenderness for them. I'm so deeply sorry she's gone, but what an honor to have known her.

Alexis Cullinane

July 11, 2019

Melissa (or as I liked to called you, Rachel), your friendship meant so much to me. From our first class together, to bonding at Rainforest Cafe, to doing the real improv, to too many parties with long conversations into the night. The loss of you knocked the wind out of me. I already missed you terribly and now it’s simply unfathomable.

Thank you for being in my life, for encouraging me, for laughing with me and making me laugh. Mostly, thank you for just being you.

You are and will be missed my dear Rachel.

George Knight

July 11, 2019

One of many special times with Melissa:

When Melissa was six she went through a phase of being afraid to sleep alone and came into our room most nights. One morning Debbie found her asleep at the foot of Jordan's bed. When asked why she was sleeping there she replied "if the bad guys come in they would take Jordan first because he was smaller. We bribed her with the promise of a dog when she started sleeping in her room again. Well, that was the solution. Our first stop was the SPCA for a quick look. We approached an area with several young pups and one immediately ran up to Melissa happy to see her and the decision was made. Sam grew into a beautiful loving dog and was a big part of our lives for 15 years. When the time came to put him down I asked for a volunteer to go with me. Debbie and Jordan both declined. I'll go with your Dad, Melissa replied. When we placed Sam on the table Melissa looked at me with those big blue eyes and didn't say a word, a tear rolled down her cheek. She sat quietly while I cried, Sam was gone. I told her I'm cried out, and she said that's okay Dad, Sam was a good dog. We left without saying another word and never spoke of it again.

I love you and miss you Melissa. I will never be the same without your beautiful loving smile.

Love, Dad

Peter and Glenna Hajek

July 11, 2019

When I think of Melissa I see a bright smile and quick laugh. Always genuine in her expressions of joy to see you, she would ask about how you were doing and be ready with a smile and encouragement. Never wanting any attention for herself, she was so happy to be a part of your world. She loved Irish music and had that twinkle in her eye when she heard it. The fiddles and sounds lifted her to a wonderful place. Her spirit was infectious and you always felt better having talked to her. Like a cool breeze on a hot day, she blessed those who knew her. I'm betting there is some awesome Irish music in heaven Melissa, please save us a seat.

Vicki Poe

July 11, 2019

I've had the pleasure of knowing Melissa for 24 years as a family member of RSI. Melissa's vibrant personality and smile will be in my memory forever. Earth has lost a precious person but Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel. God Bless all who knew and loved her.

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