Sad to learn about the passing of Melissa Kerins today. She passed after a long and arduous fight with first Lyme disease for many years then succumbing to breast cancer. She leaves behind a beautiful family, a husband and three children.
As tributes come in for Melissa we will post them here. There are a couple people who will be writing tributes to Melissa, if you would like to also please post them in the comments below.
Her family could still use support, so whether it’s in encouraging messages or through monetary donations, please help if you can.
From Melissa’s Obituary:
“Melissa M, Kerins, 37 of Whitman passed away on July 24, 2016 after an extended illness. Loving wife of George, beloved mother of Morgan, Owen and Taylor. Cherished daughter of Cliff Phippen and Joanne Micale. Precious sister of Josh Phippen. She is also survived by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Melissa was an advocate for patients with Lyme disease and established South Shore Lyme Support. She raised money for U.S. Veterans post 9/11. She was a driving force behind the Free Justina movement. She was also a champion of animal rights. A veterinary technician, she worked at animal hospitals on the South Shore and rescued dogs, cats, and a horse that became members of her family. Melissa was an avid equestrian and lover of all animals.
Visiting hours will be at the MacKinnon Funeral Home, 760 Washington St., Whitman on Thursday, July 28 from 4-8 PM.
Services will be held in Holy Ghost Church in Whitman on Friday, July 29 at 10:30 AM.
Burial to follow at Mt Zion Cemetery in Whitman.
Tributes to Melissa
Melissa and I had our ups and downs. We met each other online on Facebook and ran some Lyme support groups together. Over one silly argument we deleted each other as friends on Facebook. After a year went by, I sent her a Christmas card. I just wanted to break the ice again and let her know I was thinking about her as I knew she was having some health issues. She sent me the sweetest message on Facebook and we resumed our friendship. It was hard watching her struggle through first Lyme then cancer. But I wanted to share Melissa’s outlook, and a quote she said to me,
Things that seem important to argue about or get upset about just don’t have the same meaning anymore. The petty stuff. We only have today!!! ~Melissa
Here is a square for the Lyme Quilt made by Christina Murphy.