Melanie P Wright

Born in Opelika, AL on December 18, 1964

Departed on April 13, 2013 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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December 18, 1964 – April 13, 2013
Melanie Kay Park Wright of Hendersonville, Tennessee, passed from this life on Saturday, April 13, 2013, after an eight-month battle with cancer. She died in the company of family and friends. She was 48.
A licensed speech-language pathologist, Melanie was employed by Sumner County Schools as an autism consultant, serving as a resource for elementary school teachers throughout Sumner County where students on the autism spectrum are enrolled. She co-directed Camp I Can Be Me, a two-week summer personal growth experience for students with autism or Asperger's Syndrome. She held bachelor's and master's degrees in Speech-Language and Hearing disorders from Harding University and the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus, respectively.
Melanie was well travelled. Born December 18, 1964, in Opelika, Alabama, she lived at various times in her life in Auburn, Alabama; Germantown, Maryland; San Jose, California; New Canaan, Connecticut; Searcy, Arkansas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Tallahassee, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Hendersonville, Tennessee. As a college student, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She will be sorely missed by family members and by countless friends throughout the United States.
Melanie was an active member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and a beloved member of the Community Church of Hendersonville. However, Melanie's life was not primarily about memberships, but relationships. She opened herself to others regardless of their station in life. She mentored countless young women by making herself available and investing time in them. She welcomed Florida State University students into her home through the Meridian Woods church of Christ's campus ministry program; she counseled pregnant teens through the Teenage Pregnancy Program TAPP; and she taught the middle school girls' Bible class at Community church of Hendersonville. She exhibited a casual grace that drew others to her naturally.
Melanie is survived by her husband of 26 years, David, and two children, Aaron and Abigail, all of Hendersonville. Other survivors include her mother, Sherry Park of Gainesville, Florida; two brothers and their wives, John and LuAnn Park, of Sugar Land, Texas, and David and Judi Park of Sarasota, Florida; an aunt, Nancy Raskopf of Jackson, Tennessee; an aunt and uncle, Nancy and Paul Morrow of Benton, Kentucky; and a cousin, Stephanie Reynolds of Calvert City, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her father, John William Park, of Columbia; by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Park of Columbia and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Raskopf of Knoxville; and by a cousin, Stacey Lockhart of Nashville.
Visitation with the family will take place on Friday, April 19, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 Johnny Cash Parkway. Melanie's memorial service will follow on Saturday, April 20, at 10:00 AM at the Community Church of Hendersonville, 381 West Main Street.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Aaron and Abigail Wright Education Fund, First Tennessee Bank, 216 Indian Lake Blvd, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

19 Comments to Melanie P Wright

  1. Vickie anderson
    April 14, 2013 12:00 am

    Melanie was a sweet kind lady. May God be with her sweet family. Vickie. Anderson

  2. LeeAnne Apple
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    Melanie was a co-worker and was a joy to work with. Her spirit was so impressive and motivated me during hard times. She is loved! Blessings to the family during this time and as you prepare for the coming days.

  3. Sherri Garcia
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    Melanie was such a wonderful person with a wealth of knowlegde and expertise in the fields of education and autism. What a loved, respected, and admired educator!! She will be greatly missed as no one can ever replace her.
    I can only imagine what a wonderful wife and mother she has been. She is a blessing in everyone’s lives. May her family find peace through their loss. God bless.

  4. Pam Eatman
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Stephanie Mannon
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    I am so broken hearted for the family, the school system and her friends! She sure will be missed around our classroom. I loved your smiling face and you sure will be missed.

  6. Pam Williams
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    I met Melanie when I came to work for Sumner County Schools- in fact, we worked together that first summer at camp- I Can Be Me. I loved working with her. She was always ready to help! She was loved- and will be missed by all… My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

  7. Tanesha Bradshaw
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    Just wanted to share my condolences and memories about Melanie. I too work with Melanie and she is the epitomy of a true champaion! God has done a wondrous work in her to touch the lives of children here in Sumner County. You are missed and I wish the Wright family peace during this difficult time.

  8. Kristyn Clemons
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    My prayers are with you. Melanie touched my life in a beautiful way. I am honored to have known her.

  9. Jenny Isble
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    Melanie was such a wonderful support system working up until she couldn’t anymore. She was such a shining light and beautiful inside and out. It was an honor to know and love Melanie. Praying for the entire family during this time and know that one day we will see her again!

  10. Kathy Sharlow
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    Melanie was such a sweet and kind person. She always responded to questions and concerns with patience and it was easy to see the love she had for the children she worked with. I will miss her!!

  11. Julie Grower
    April 15, 2013 12:00 am

    Melanie had such a wealth of knowledge, caring and compassion to give to others. The time I spent learning about autism from her was truly inspiring and so helpful to my practice. My warmest condolences to the family.

  12. Sally Meyer
    April 16, 2013 12:00 am

    David and family: I met you last week when Melanie returned home from the hospital. I am the Hospice nurse who spent time at your home helping to get Melanie settled. I know your sadness is beyond words. I just want to say what an impressive family you all are and I feel honored that I got to help Melanie.I am glad we all got to meet. David, Abbey, AaronI think I remembered right, and Sherry take care. Sincerely, Sally Meyer

  13. Amy Simmons
    April 17, 2013 12:00 am

    Melanie was an inspiration to all she came in contact with and will truly be missed. I pray that God will be with you all during this most difficult time and give you the peace that only He can give. You will continue to be in my prayers.
    Amy Simmons

  14. Doris
    April 17, 2013 12:00 am

    May your hearts find comfort in knowing that soon, there will be no more mourning, because soon there will be no more dying, Revelation chapter 21 verses 3 and 4.

  15. Jay Clark
    April 18, 2013 12:00 am

    I cannot believe Melanie is with God. She was such a sweet person and our gang had great times at Harding. I know she will be painfully missed by her family. My thoughts and prayers are with them all as you grieve her much too soon death. Please share with her kids that this friend thought their mom was a funny, cool and beautiful lady and that she loved her friends, but I am sure she loved her kids even more than anything in the world. I am sorry I cannot make it to her service but I will be thinking of you all, even you John, God bless.

  16. Terri Lowe Ellis
    April 18, 2013 12:00 am

    David – I was shocked and saddened to hear about Melanie. My deepest sympathy to you and your children. I remember her at Harding as being friendly with her beautiful smile, funny, and very intelligent. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

    much love,

    Terri Lowe Ellis

  17. Kensuke Mizuta
    April 19, 2013 12:00 am

    Dear David,

    I was deeply shocked to hear of your loss from Takeshi. I would like to offer my sympathy and condolences to you and your family.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Kensuke

  18. Zac & Connie Muncy
    April 19, 2013 12:00 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Melanie’s passing. You guys have had so much on your plates for some time, and our hearts ache for you all. Blessings to you, David, Aaron, and Abbey!

  19. Suanne Henderson Hazelrigs
    April 20, 2013 12:00 am

    Remembering you in our prayers.