OBITUARY

Melissa Togersen

January 24, 1954September 12, 2020
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Melissa Ann Togersen was born on January 24, 1954 in Carlisle, PA and passed away September 12, 2020 in Shreveport, LA.

Melissa was a loving wife, mother, sister, friend, and most of all wonderful, loving Mimi. She enjoyed going camping with family and friends, going fishing with her husband, Lynn, in his new boat, browsing the thrift stores, and was very passionate about anything that involved her spending time with her granddaughters, who were her world. She was an avid member of St. George’s Episcopal Church since 1973 where she and husband, Lynn (Ray) were married. Lynn, father-in-law, Raymond, and daughter, Heather, served as Eucharistict Ministers, and participated in many events put on by the church, especially Soup Days and they were in charge of the annual Mardi Gras cookouts. Back in the day they were in charge of ECY (Episcopal Christian Youth) program, Melissa was a member of the ECW (Episcopal Christian Women) and they were avid annual participants with the Episcopal Cursillo events.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray “Lynn” Togersen and daughter, Jennifer Lynn Togersen of Bossier City, La., mother Evelyn Foreman Wright Prescott of Middlesex, Pa., father Arthur James Wright of Waynesburg, Pa., step-father James F. Prescott of Shreveport, La., and several Aunts and Uncles of Pa.

Melissa is survived by her daughter, Heather Togersen McKenzie (Malcolm) of Farmersville, Tx; Louisiana; sister, Gretchen Reeder of Clarksville, AR, precious granddaughters, Jaelynn and Madison Wimmer of Farmersville Tx; nephews, Jeshua Reeder (Angie) of Clarksville, AR and Caleb Reeder of Dover, AR; great nephews, Briley and Carsten Reeder of Clarksville, AR; honorary daughter, Deniece Irby Cane (Don) of Shreveport, honorary granddaughters, Ceanna and Deanna Cain, Montana Powell, and Danika “Dani” Loyd; and many wonderful extended family and friends including Diane and Shannon May, Kathy Powell, and Karen McDonald.

Melissa’s family would like to thank Father Jamie Flowers (St. Georges), the Dr ’s and Nurses at WKP Covid Unit and her Dr.’s and Nurses at P.A.M. Specialty Hospital of WKN, especially Dr. Desai (Critical Care), Dr. Morrison (Pulmonologist), very special nurses Stephanie, Sharon, Andrew, and Lakisha (charge nurse), as well at the RT’s who went over and beyond and were so caring and compassionate with Melissa and her daughter. Also everyone who loved and knew her has sent countless prayers, love and support through calls, emails, and text to the family.

Melissa was strong and fought hard through all of this and was determined to get through this for her granddaughters and was ready to move to Texas to be with them and daughter, Heather. She definitely did not go without a fight but went peacefully with daughter Heather and sister Gretchen both at her side.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. George's Episcopal Church (1959 Airline Dr. Bossier City, La. 71112) in honor of Melissa.

Melissa will be cremated but due to Covid-19, there will be a small, private visitation per family invite. A special service will be held for Melissa and Lynn at St. Georges. Dates and times will be pending due to COVID-19.

  • FAMILY

  • Ray "Lynn" Togersen, Husband (deceased)
  • Jennifer Lynn Togersen, Daughter (deceased)
  • Evelyn Foreman Wright Prescott, Mother (deceased)
  • Arthur James Wright, Father (deceased)
  • James F Prescott, Step-Father (deceased)
  • Heather Togersen McKenzie (Malcolm), Daughter
  • Gretchen Reeder, Sister
  • Jaelynn Wimmer, Granddaughter
  • Madison Wimmer, Granddaughter
  • Jeshua Reeder (Angie), Nephew
  • Caleb Reeder, Nephew
  • Briley Reeder, Great Nephews
  • Carsten Reeder, Great Nephew
  • Deniece Irby Cane (Don), Honorary Daughter
  • Ceanna Cain, Honorary Granddaughter
  • Deanna Cain, Honarary Granddaughter
  • Montana Powell, Honorary Granddaughter
  • Danika "Dani" Loyd, Honorary Granddaughter
  • Mrs. Togersen also leavesmany wonderful extended family and friends including Diane and Shannon May, Kathy Powell, and Karen McDonald.

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Katy McKenzie

September 17, 2020

I first met Melissa when Heather and Malcolm started dating and we clicked right away. We had so much in common. I remember when I was in ER with Malcolm Sr and was so down and crying then I looked up and there was Melissa and Lynn bringing a diet coke, love, and hugs. I remember Melissa saying we are family. That's how they were there for everyone. I will always remember her smile and her contagious laugh. Such a beautiful woman. She will be missed

Linda Knighton

September 17, 2020

I can remember all the fun times we had in Jr high school , the parties at Melissa’s house -boy how we liked to dance. In high school we would ride in Melissa’s car and go on double dates. During this time we had sleepovers and loads of fun . We even worked together at Tuesday Morning but the fun never stopped with her . She was always a ray of sunshine and will always have a special place in my heart. She will be missed. RIP my friend.
PS - Have a cup of coffee with Lynn and Richard and I will see y’all again in our heavenly father’s home.

Mary Myers

September 17, 2020

Mrs Melissa was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was such a good down to earth woman. She always made me laugh and always had the best advice and let me tell you she would give it when needed. I spent a lot of time with her in my teen years as her daughter was my best friend and we shared a lot of great memories. Her and Lynn would spent countless hours everyday at my moms restaurant drinking coffee and sharing laughs with all the locals. She was a Amazing mother and wife and so much more. She will forever be in our hearts and her smile will last forever. Fly high Mrs. Melissa and give Jesus and my sister and niece and Mr. Lynn big love from me. Love you always.

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Lynn, Melissa and Gretchen

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Melissa and Heather
1978

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Lynn, Melissa and Heather
1977

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Melissa with sister, Gretchen
Heather and nephew Jeshua

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Lynn, Melissa and Gretchen

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Melissa and Heather
1978

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Lynn, Melissa and Heather
1977

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Melissa with sister, Gretchen
Heather and nephew Jeshua

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Lynn and Melissa

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Melissa, Lynn, Heather
and "Doggy"

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Melissa with Heather
nephews Jeshua and Caleb

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