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Melissa Adelle Gable

June 2, 1982June 29, 2021

Melissa Adelle Gable was born June 2, 1982 and called to the Presence of her Lord and Savior June 29, 2021. A loyal and generous friend, Melissa easily gained the respect and trust of others. She was the person to call for entertaining children, house-sitting, caring for a pet, or spilling one’s woes. Melissa got involved with the wide variety of people she knew, sharing her skills for organizing, networking, and creativity in support of a large event or project being undertaken by a co-worker or friend. Or, just having a good conversation over a meal of chicken pot-pie and brownies. In the quiet of her home with an abundance of beautiful plants, she liked to read and make cross-stitch gifts, but at any moment would don the appropriate fan attire for hockey, WSU football or Gonzaga basketball. Melissa had a passion for international travel and would visit friends living across the globe visiting many countries throughout Europe, also visiting New Zealand, and Columbia. Recently, she adventured to Iceland to bask in the Northern Lights taking a very cold snowmobile trek. Melissa grew up in Spokane and graduated from Northwest Christian Schools. She earned her Bachelors in Business through University of Phoenix, and worked in finance at a law firm and two universities. Survived by her parents, David and Darlene, brother Kyle and sister Kaleigh, and Grandmother Myrna of Spokane, Melissa will also be missed by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A celebration of Melissa’s life will be held Friday, July 23, 3:00 pm at Fourth Memorial Church, 2000 N Standard in Spokane, Washington. Memorials may be made to Spokane Fatherhood Initiative, Union Gospel Mission Kids Camp, or HRC Ministries. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Gable family.


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Michelle Soss

July 21, 2021

Melissa was a beautiful person, both inside and out. She was a good friend and caring person. She had a wonderful ability to make friends wherever she was. She loved her family, dogs, kids, sports, reading, and travel. She really knew how to live life to the fullest. I enjoyed going on hikes, attempting to become “runners”, and Saturday morning yoga with Melissa. She was also my date at a few Gonzaga Christmas parties. She made every adventure fun! Melissa provided the perfect example of how we should treat each other and I miss her very much. My heart goes out to her family.

Mary Mealey

July 20, 2021

Melissa was a treasure beyond measure. Thoughtful, kind, adventurous, strongly convicted, analytical, organized, helpful, fun, a joy to watch basketball, football or hockey with, and an incredible ability to connect with so many different people on so many different levels, that I have no words for the loss. She especially loved animals and children and they loved her right back! At her core, she was a caretaker, and anyone who knew her benefited from having her in their life. She was always the first one to jump in and help, assist, organize, paint, babysit, house-sit, pet sit, or just give her time and many talents to whatever or whoever was before her. She was a gift to us all that will be so missed....

Kari Elgee Sanders

July 15, 2021

Melissa was such a kind friend with a caring heart. When my husband and I got into a car wreck, she brought us food and checked in on us regularly, even stopping by to make sure we were okay. Melissa's world travels inspired our family to travel more.
Melissa you are missed!

Sarah Lee

July 14, 2021

Melissa was our family’s loyal and trusted baby sitter and house sitter for many years, and our kids were always so happy when she would be there. That transitioned into a hard working employee at Lee and Hayes and someone who always had a smile for everyone she met. My very favorite memory of Melissa was the conversations of where in the world she would be traveling to next. She always had a fun plan ahead! We will meet again.

Myrna Carroll

July 13, 2021

One time when Melissa and several of her friends were making plans for a girl's night out she looked across our shared work area and said, "Would you like to join us?" It took me back to how happy my mother had been when her much younger workmates had included her in a trip to Portland to see Neil Diamond years back. As the much older coworker I felt so blessed to be included by Melissa even though I didn't go.

It was with sadness that I noticed today that the book Melissa had waited years for is now available for pre-order. The irony of it's title would not have been lost on Melissa, either. I can just imagine her flashing her beautiful smile as she read the title: Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander #9). I miss you, Melissa, big time!

Jackie Van Allen

July 13, 2021

Melissa holds a special spot in my heart. I needed to get to Sacred Heart ASAP as my son Steven was gravely ill. She quickly transported me to SH while offering kind and soothing words. Her generous spirit comforted me through a day of tremendous sadness. She had a beautiful soul.

Lori Vierra

July 10, 2021

Melissa was one of the sweetest, most positive people I have ever known. I had the great pleasure of working with Melissa for several years, and she could always be depended on. She was kind, a hard worker, and always so helpful. My heart goes out to her family, and I want you to know that Melissa touched my life and I will not forget her. I am thankful to have known such a great person.

Cari Fisher

July 9, 2021

Melissa was the best babysitter ever for our four kids and quickly became a part of our family from 1998-2005. She was like a little sister to my husband and I. I’m glad to know she became a world traveler. We loved having her come on family vacations with us to Disneyland and the Oregon Coast. Godspeed sweet Melissa. We will see you again dancing in the streets of Heaven. ❤️

Huib, Kirsten, Teun en Suus Koudstaal - Van Ierland

July 9, 2021

I met Melissa when I was 17 years old. It was my first visit to the States, visiting my friend Heather who had been an exchange student at my Dutch high school the previous year. Heather introduced us, and as they say, the rest is history. It was the beginning of a 21 year long friendship.

That summer month in the States, I remember eating ceasar salads and brownies her mom had made for us, at their family home. Kayleigh was just a little girl, but she joined our all-girls-party. And when I went back to the Netherlands, we stayed in touch.

A few years later, Melissa visited me and my family in the Netherlands. It was the start of a new tradition. Whenever she could, Melissa would hop on a plane and travel to Europe. And even though it is unfathomable for us Dutchies, she considered travelling to Spain 'being in the neighbourhood' so she stopped by.

She became fast friends with my husband Huib, and came over to meet our kids first chance she got. She was there to witness Teun's first steps and taught Suus her first English words.

Even more than the adventures we went on over the years (and there were many, like the time we took Kayleigh to Yellowstone, or when Huib, Melissa and I took a roadtrip through Germany and Luxembourg, or when we met up in L.A. and Heather came along as a surprise for me), I remember us just hanging out. Talking.

We are so sad that we won't get any more messages saying "So I'm thinking about taking a trip". That we don't get to go on new adventures and hang out. The other day, our daughter talked about 'Mommy's friend who speaks English'. And I am so, so sad that they don't get to spend more time together (in the picture on the obituary, Melissa is actually holding Suus).

Melissa was a great friend and we will miss her. We will always treasure the memories and be grateful for the moments and adventures we shared.

Noralis Rodriguez

July 8, 2021

Melissa was one of the first people I met in Gonzaga in 2016. She was welcoming and we both loved to talk about traveling. She shared with me her traveling adventures and I am so grateful I was able to meet such a wonderful person.