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Thornhill Valley Chapel

1400 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA

OBITUARY

Melanie Sue Long Roberts

July 18, 1972January 22, 2020

Melanie passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 22, 2020. She was born in Spokane WA on July 18, 1972 to Robert and Charlotte Long. She lived with her family in Valleyford and proudly graduated from Freeman High School in 1990. While in High School she was actively involved in volleyball, track and marching band. After graduation she enrolled in Eastern Washington University to obtain a degree in Recreation Management. While at Eastern she achieved the honor of being on the Dean’s list. She joined the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and built lifelong memories and lifetime relationships with her sisters. Upon college graduation, her path took her into the banking industry. She also worked a short time at Avista and Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. She met her husband Chris while working in the banking industry. They were married in 1996 and raised three wonderful children. Her kids were her greatest joy and in 2002 Melanie chose to devote all her time to them. Like everything she did in life, she did it to the fullest. She was always very involved in helping at the kid’s schools and extracurricular activities, for which there were many. Melanie loved to entertain family and friends and was always looking for a way to get together to celebrate or just enjoy everyone’s company. She was an avid Seahawk and Mariners fan. Many trips to Seattle were made to watch her favorite teams. A special place for her was on the island of Maui where she cherished taking her children to the island to enjoy the culture, scenery and spending time together on the beach. Melanie was preceded in death by her grandfather Sheldon Long, grandmother Frances Long, her twin sister, Christine and grandmother Carol Roberts. She is survived by her daughters Hayden, Sheridan and son Brady. Her husband of 23 years Chris, her father Robert Long (Annette); mother Charlotte Euell (Don); her sisters Laurie Warrick (Cole) their children, Sydney, Luke and Olivia; Sherrie Long, half-sister Teresa Faulkner (Tom); mother and father in law John & Betty Roberts, sister in law Cory (Chris) Lavers, their children Brienne and Kiera and brother in law Craig Roberts. Melanie had an infectious personality and touched the lives of many people. She will be missed but never forgotten. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery or to the Spokane Humane Society.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 8, 2020

Memories

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Kelli Baird

February 2, 2020

Our kids went through school together and our boys are still close. You always had a friendly smile and welcoming presence, even when you were hurting. You are free from pain now... You will be missed!

Cathleen Burton Schindler

January 29, 2020

Mel was 1 year behind me at Freeman. I remember her beautiful smile and fun personality. She was full of life, love and happiness. I will forever be grateful for the few conversations we had via FB and her support/donations to my Basler Blankets FB group projects. I miss her so much!

Brett Brown

January 26, 2020

Melanie and I were classmates and friends at Freeman High School! We chatted periodically on Facebook at messenger. Every time I went skiing at Mt.Spokane, it prompted me to reach out. I went skiing last Wednesday and we talked about meeting and me coming to see her new carpet this week. I never got to see you Melanie and I am shocked. I love you! Miss you! Prayers to your family and all your friends that miss you. RIP Mel!

Karla Jackson

January 25, 2020

Melanie and I met in college and were sorority sisters. She was a vibrant, fun loving, hard working, loyal friend. The type of personality many were drawn to. Many of us remember the signature red lipstick combined with a big smile that Mel wore often which represented the essence of her personality so well. RIP my dear sister.

Laura Lea Lewis O’Brien

January 25, 2020

I was two years ahead of Melanie at Freeman and we had band together. I remember her bright smile and happy demeanor. She was an absolute joy to be around and I’m sure she will be missed incredibly.