Melissa A. Keenan, 65, born Aug. 5, 1948 in San Diego, Calif., died Dec. 30, 2013 while living in Langley, Wash. Her family moved to the Northwest when she was seven, where she graduated from Newport High School in 1966. She attended UW to study drama, eventually backpacking throughout Europe.
She started a family in Tonasket, Wash. and lived like a pioneer up in the mountains. In 1982, she moved back to Maple Valley to finish raising her family, and studied nursing at Greenriver Community College.
She will be remembered as devoted to her family and friends, and as considerate and loving as a person can be. She enjoyed visiting, gardening, music, reading, sewing, walks, and most everything else in life. Her sense of humor and creativity inspired and brightened everyone's day. Her beaming smile will be deeply missed.
Melissa is survived by her children, Pablo Plakos, Allma Plakos, Russell (Sara) Keenan, and Jeff Keenan.; her grandchildren, Kayla, Orion, and Nova are wonderful. and her brother Joe Keenan and sisters Stephanie Box and Cindy Lee will truly miss their lovely sister.