Melissa Ann Howard

August 27, 1932November 3, 2019

Melissa passed away peacefully at home on November 3, 2019. She had lived a long and rewarding life. Melissa grew up in Berkeley, CA and moved to the Coarsegold area when she was sixteen. There she was able to fulfill her life long dream of owning a horse. She rode in rodeos and became a Coarsegold Rodeo Queen. Melissa had been married and divorced and had four children. Her family grew to seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. But to her, her greatest achievement was her citrus and pistachio nut ranch. Devoted and proud, she ran the ranch herself. It became a devotion throughout her life and she was very involved in both industries.

Melissa also volunteered at St. Agnes Medical Center for over 30 years. She initiated and developed the Emergency Room Waiting Service and loved working in the Patient Discharge Unit. Volunteering was a large part of Melissa's life and she leaves behind many friends.

A huge thank you to the staff at St. Helpers of Clovis and St. Agnes Home and Hospice. A special thank you to Lacey Migliore, Jason Marks, and Nadia Lung for their extreme good care and kindness.

Private Services will be held.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to St. Agnes Home and Hospice, Madera County SPCA or to the charity of your choice.


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Michael Reynolds

November 10, 2019

R.I.P. Melissa. We will truly miss you and your memories of good times and holidays in the past. I know you will look down from heaven and protect "Your Favorite Son in Law.

Michael Reynolds

Sister Emily Demuth,C.S.C.

November 5, 2019

Dear Family and friends and volunteer coworkers with Melissa Howard, please know that my prayers are with you at this time as you mourn Melissa's death. I praise and thank God for her life and for all of the persons she touched in her lifetime. I am so grateful that her path in life crossed mine. We had great times sharing together. My prayers will continue . Sister Emily