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My best memory of you is when me and Beyden were wrestling and you told him “stop picking on your sister”. In that moment i realized how much you and your family loved and cared for me and i felt so accepted. I love you so much mom and you will always be my mom. I regret the distance over the years and wish you could have gotten to know my children. I cherish everything you taught me and hope one day i can be half the woman you were.
Such a sweetheart in high school.
Bless you Melanie
Heaven is in for a new Soloist!
It breaks our love one’s leave this mortal existence so early,but it does give us a greater desire to be better here so can be with them when it is our turn to leave. I have felt my son Scott when I attend the temple
Love you Uncle Trent!
These are tender times. You are in our prayers.
Melanie always had a smiling face and was happy to see you. I loved listening to her sing at Christmas time ‘O holy Night ‘. She had a beautiful voice and it was always exciting to see some real talent at the family talent show with grandma and grandpa.
Love you Aunt Mel and Uncle Trent!
Many Blessings, Trent and Heppler family.
Melanie, Thank You for sharing your spirit and allowing me to gain insight and comfort from your experience.
Until next time we meet and always, Peace. ?
Melanie was such a kind and loving soul. She was Had some amazing talents! Her singing was amazing! We had the pleasure of getting lost in her angelic rendition of ,”O holy night” every Christmas FHE. She also painted beautiful ceramics and had a great sense of style. I remember she had some of the best scarves, earrings, sweaters! Always something uniquely cool. Most of all , Melanie was so kind hearted. She had no guile. She supported her children lovingly and unconditionally and she loved her husband , Trent fiercely! I can’t imagine there’s anyone who could deny Trent and Melanie were the deepest of sweethearts and our heart breaks for you Trent. However, both you and Melanie have a powerful and amazing faith ion our Savior and the gift of eternal perspective. We love you and Mel and mourn her loss. We also know she is with our Heavenly Father and will always be cheering on you and each of her children in all they do! She was always the best cheerleader to us all! ❤️‘Deepest condolences!
So sad that you have left us so soon. You were a wonderful person. I enjoyed being your neighbor and friend. Enjoy singing in heaven. We will miss you.
Darling Girl…you and I have so many memories …..We have been family; Neighbors; Traveling companions; Singing together; Sewing advisor; Chocolate making “runner”; Drving backseat pals; Doing plays together; Walking companions; Trading books; on and on…….Remember the trips to Hawaii (twice); Florida; Vancouver B.C. in the Coach; Pincher Creek Alberta in the Coach; Cabri Saskatchewan many times with your tiny Jonaka & Beyden – the walks we took with the babies and the 4 dogs around the town & thru the cemetery and Smoke would always run far and wide and disappear- but we would always find him waiting for us at home when we got back; I can see you sitting in the corner of the lodge painting your ceramics while the kids watched TV and I cooked; Traveled to Las Vegas and Reno lots for Safari Club shows – remember how fantastic they were; Utah (family reunions); Alaska cruise; and our last trip to St. George for fun… and how could I not remember the bazillion times to our favorite – Sun Valley Idaho! Beauty Girl you are a singing sensation, and paint, and sew (you bought my Bernina for $5); and read voraciously; plus all the normal stuff…….we made chocolates at your house for years – you ran your fanny off every time….Well I can’t remember what I’ve written and my mind is blank now and I’m tired…I ❤️ love you dearly and will miss seeing your beautiful face….Mama Heppler
Hey … I’ve remembered one more important thing with Darling Melanie…In Cabri Saskatchewan when we would be at the lodge we became good friends with the Hutterites, who lived close by in their colony…We would go visiting and Mel became very good friends with the women…Every time we were there we would sing and Melanie would be asked to sing songs by herself…They especially liked “I Heard Him Come”.. She sang it so angelically!! Such a great memory.
We love your family and Melanie so much! She always had a smile and a kind word. Our thoughts are with you.
I don’t know you, I followed you after reading Trent’s book. I’ve been impressed with your journey and courage in the face of adversity and terminal illness. ♥️ Much love, Mary E.
Melanie is the brightest beam of light. Always there to bring a smile and make a wonderful point. I am so blessed to have served with her and grown to know her wisdom and strength. She is a great example of how to love others unconditionally and how to show grace to all those around us. She always helped me remeber how to call to others the way the Savior would have wanted.
She will be remembered as one of my favorite singers along with jonni. You will be missed. Glad you are safe and sound with heaven father and grandpa. I will miss you every day to come for the rest of my life. I love you and your family so very much. Prayers will be said.
God bless this beautiful, sweet lady and your family. Melanie always made me laugh and that is something I will hold on to. Love to all of you.
One of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever know. She is a great example of love, patience, happiness and family! She has been through so much in her life, yet she remained strong and steadfast; a wonderful example to her family and to those on the outside looking in. We love you, Mel, and we’ll be there for your wonderful husband and children. Rest In Peace and comfort. God be with you til we meet again!
Your Love Together is amazing! ! Someday Trent you will be reunited again my friend ♥️
Aunt Mel. You are an incredible example of love, kindness, and faith. You have such a contagious laugh and I loved being in your presence as I was sure to laugh anytime I was with you. I remember how you would talk/sing my name – ber-it-knee!!! whenever you would see me. It would always bring a smile to my face.
Despite the difficult things you’ve had to endure in this life, you have faced them with determination and positivity. There have been several instances where I have felt the magnitude of your testimony and felt the spirit strongly. A couple of them that come to mind include when you sang How Great Thou Art at grandpas funeral. I haven’t been able to sing or hear that song since, without remembering that day and the overwhelming peace I felt knowing the plan of salvation is true and that I would see grandpa again someday.
Another time, you gave a talk on Easter Sunday several years ago when we lived in Cathlamet. There were many times throughout the talk you had to take a moment to gain your composure as you tried to convey the magnitude of the the saviors death and resurrection. The spirit was incredibly strong during your talk and buoyed my testimony as you shared your love of the savior and the importance of his resurrection in our personal redemption.
Thank you for being such a good example to me and providing me with such good and happy memories.
I love you aunt Mel. With love, ber-it-knee ❤️
Oh Melanie, my friend. You will be missed. What fun we had as young couples what feels like so recently. While we will miss you I know we will see you again. Soon. Till we meet…
I didn’t know Melanie well, but what is did know was she loves her family and friends with her hole heart. She was an amazing mother and wife, loved her family pictures! She was sweet to everyone around you! She will be missed!
Trent, Thank you for sharing your family pictures. We are sorry to hear about Melanie’s passing. It is a blessing to know that she is going to a place where she is loved and will be taken care of. In case you don”t remember us, I am Jadyn’s Grandfather.
Mark and Phoebe Turley
Such a sweet woman and warrior princess at the same time! Sending prayers and love to your family! I enjoyed our visits when you came to see us in Utah!
She was such a light in this world and will continue to shine through the souls she touched. I loved going over to the Heppler’s house after school and watching the 10th Kingdom. We LOVED that show and would laugh and laugh about the cheesiness. Melanie was always so cheerful and witty. In the last couple years of high school I met Jonaka and me became fast best friends (basically sisters). Melanie always made me feel so welcome and part of the family. I miss her so much, but know she is in a much better place. Love you Momma Hepp!
I am so sad and happy at the same time. I hope that is ok to say. I love believing that she is a soloist in God’s choir! She has a beautiful and easy to listen to voice. Definitely one of an angel! My prayers are with you.
I first met Melanie when I joined my family in Portland. What a neat young lady she was. She gave so much laughter and fun while heading to early morning seminary for church. She had such a bright outlook on her life and shared it will all who knew her. Trent you and the family are in my prayers.
I Love You
I met Melanie at YSA in Milwaukie and she was so wonderful and lind to me! I was a fresh, brand new member of the church and I enjoyed so many things about YSA but Melanie and a few other friends were at the top of my list. I loved watching her mother cute little Addriane and I was impressed that her and Scott got along so well. When Trent came along I was so excited for Melanie to embark on her new adventure! Melanie’s singing voice was absolutely heavenly and I relished getting to hear her aing anywhere. One time she sang at our mutual friend, Scott Harris’s funeral. I lost touch with Melanie over the years but I am grateful for FACEBOOK because I was able to follow her journey a bit.
My love to Trent and the kids! Melanie is a very special soul and she will be missed. .
I am so sorry to hear of Melanie’s passing. I remember hearing her sing at her dad’s funeral – beautiful voice and not a tear. She truly had a gift. I have loved watching your family grow. May God bless you through this time.
I remember Melanie singing at a stake fireside and at church as well…she has a beautiful beautiful voice. Such a wonderful lovey woman. May you all be comforted and feel the sweet peace of the Spirit. Love to you all.
I knew Melanie in high school at Cleveland High School. I graduated with her sister Marcia. Melanie was a freshman when I was a senior. I watched her play volleyball many times. I loved her beautiful smile. I really enjoyed her talk – thank you for including it. My prayers are with her family. Families are Forever.
Well as I find out on that I lost my beautiful sister I am still needing time to process this news but at the same time I am knowing she is no longer fighting the battle she was fighting so long. I will always love you and remember the childhood things we did together..Forever love you and FOREVER a beautiful ANGEL to ALL of us. I knew something was wrong today but wasn’t able to figure it out now I know and will be missing you forever. TELL KIM hello as you both will be partying up in heaven.Forever Sister LOVE!!!! KEEP those who have went before us smiling with your beautiful smile and heart…If you see my mom tell her I miss her and love her as much I miss and love you always!!! MANY childhood memories hanging out up in your room in the big house 3rd floor…lol
Dave and I send our love and surprise to read the notice of Melanie’s death. The Gospel comforts but nevertheless your hearts are empty. May you be blessed and comforted.
I am so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family,She has gained her purple wings where there is no more pain and suffering.Rest in eternal peace Melanie..??✝️We will take over now .God bless us all??✝️
Fly high angel while you sing in the army of the Lord. You beat the beast, it didn’t beat you. Rest easy sister. Rest easy.
I’m sorry to hear of her passing. However, I know the angels in heaven are rejoicing and she is in the arms of her dad.
Melanie was always kind to everyone she met. Always willing to help or serve, and had an infectious smile. When she found out she was sick I was inspired by both her and Trents outlook and bravery. I am sad she has left us, but thankful to have known her.
A true warrior in every sense of the word. Rest easy now. We your fellow warriors will fight hard to spread the word, get more funding and create more awareness of this monster. We all are wrapping your family in gentle hugs from across the world.
Lots of “feels”, not much to say…so grateful our paths crossed and our lives connected. Melanie truly wove beautifully her small thread in the grand tapestry…and her drops of honey mattered.
Love you, my sweet and beautiful friend…til’ we meet again?
Every once in a while in life you have a chance to hear someone sing that captivates your attention…Melanie was one of these people! I only heard her sing once in sacrament service and wont forget it.
She’s a sweet spirit that will be missed for a short time.
It is so difficult losing those we love. When my brother (Scott) died, Melanie and Trent came to my parents house and spent time with us. We visited for awhile and Melanie sang a beautiful song at his funeral. I won’t forget that you were both there during our difficult time. Trent, please let me know if I can do anything to help you through this. I will be praying for you and your family.
Constance Wright No!
I am sorry….When I saw this post this morning, “NO” was the first word that came to my mind.
Melanie ….. What a Joy she is. That amazing voice!….The first time I heard her sing in Church, I cried.
I tried to think back…… I try to think back of a time when Mel didn’t have that sweet smile on her face. She invented the word “FUN”. She was always the center of where the excitement was.
I remember the very weekend when she first saw Trent. I believe it was at a Young Adult Conference. She grabbed my arm, and with all the excitement that she could possible contain, she pointed him out to me, and said “That is him” “That’s the guy” ….. The rest is a Beautiful story.
Without Mel, smiles and laughter won’t come so easily, and the sun will not shine quit as bright. Mel, you were such a Bright Light to all who were lucky enough to be around you.
My sincere condolences to you Trent, and the entire family. <3
( you may remember me as Sister Stull )
My life is better because I got to hear Melanie’s beautiful voice and see her radiant smile. The Heppler family has always had an open door with their home and hearts to which I am also grateful. May a peaceful perspective and joyful memories comfort you in her passing.❤
I met Melanie while singing with her in a choir Dana directed. Her voice was so, so lovely, and it was a clear window into her lovely soul. She dealt with her health issues with grace, poise, and a flash of her beautiful smile. She will be missed, and my deepest sympathies are with you, Trent, your children, and your whole family.
I remember the day I interviewed Melanie in 2013. I knew she was a fit the minute she walked in the door and we hired her on the spot. Her journey with us at Ryonet was a blast. She was incredible with our customers and her cool, collected attitude could calm even the angriest customers. We had so much fun chatting, laughing, hearing her endless stories about her kids and her proud wife stories about Trent and his journey.
I remember telling her one day that I needed a pedicure and she shared with me that she had never gotten a pedicure. We got up right there on the spot and went to the salon so I could treat her to a pedicure. I am not sure she enjoyed someone touching her feet and she was hesitant to get a color, but I finally convinced her to go with something bright so we got blue together. To this day, this is something I think about every time I walk into that salon.
Thank you Melanie for letting us into your life and sharing your happiness with us ❤
I had the pleasure to work at Ryonet with Melanie. I didn’t know her too much, but always witnessed a very kind person who loved helping others.
I knew Melanie many years ago. When I moved to Texas I lost contact. I am so sad to hear of her passing. She was definately
An angel among us. PRAYERS FOR HER FAMILY.
I am so so grateful, that I had the opportunity to meet Melanie, to laugh and chat. It was during a scary and exciting time of living 10 months abroad but she (and others) has made it so simple for me to fit in, to feel like being at a place where I belong. She tried to help me wherever she could. She has one of the greatest souls I‘ve ever met. Always kind and caring, always a smile on her lips and always there to help and serve others. It may not have seemed like it but you made a difference in my life and I am sure in many more. I hope our paths will cross again, when we are with our heavenly father. But one is for sure: I am happy and forever grateful that they did before.
My prayers are with you,Trent, and all of your family. I hope the memory will comfort you during this hard time.
So so sorry to hear of Melanie’s passing. Sincere condolences to Trent and Family. I enjoyed getting to know her during our sesquicentennial pioneer pageant in Oregon City. What a dear sister she is. I loved her beautiful voice and feel sure The Choir above is sounding more heavenly since her arrival. Hugs to you—-
I am sorry that we didn’t get to meet you when we came by not long ago. We were going back to Utah from Portland, and I knew that was our last chance to see our dear Mel. We finally found your home, but Mel had to leave for a doctor appointment before we got there. We left the book we wrote to try and leave a bit of our presence and love. I hope she was well enough to gain some spiritual strength from the stories. Thank you for all you have done for our sweet little lady.
I was Melanie’s Laurel leader and YW President many years ago. My husband was her bishop. Melanie was so patient with me. I was busy with lots of babies and did not have the ability to be all I should be for her, but she was always appreciative and willing to have those personal lessons with her as the only Laurel student and me as the teacher. I think I gained more than she did in those sessions. Her spirit was strong back then, and I have seen it grow over the years. She occasionally would call me for life advice. She always wanted to make the best and most righteous decision. I am blessed that I have been in touch with her on Facebook lately. We’ve had some good, long conversations through Messenger, and I am so proud of Mel and her willingness to be real about what she faced, and her bravery in the face of suffering. She has focused on sharing her testimony and sharing how much she loves her children and you. She has been a stalwart example to me. If you want to see more of her wonderful communications, have a look at her FB messages.
We have loved Mel’s family over the years. Her parents and siblings have been a big part of our lives. We love them, and especially extend our love and condolences to Donna and the kids now. Donna did much for me over the years, including much support and love when our baby passed away in 1990. We got to see Donna many years later, running into her and other friends at the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Friends are friends forever.
My favorite memory of Mel was at a Portland 9th Ward talent show. We all did our cute little parts and had a great talent show. But she was last and brought down the house! She and James Neff did a Sonny and Cher lip sink. Their costumes and movements were perfect, and we hadn’t had any idea how much they each looked just like Sonny and Cher! James was a little shorter than Mel, and they were perfect in their reenactment of “I Got You Babe!” We all laughed until our sides split! It was AMAZING!
Now Mel can go back to brightening days and can forget about the suffering. You will find she is more available than you would think. Just ask Heavenly Father to let you spend some time with her and there will be times you will have that blessing. I often ask Him to invite our son and parents to spend time with us at special occasions and at times when I am alone and can have a good “talk” with them. Her influence won’t stop because of the passing of her body. I have found that writing is a way to heal and to also gain revelation about what you are experiencing. May God be with you and your family.
And Mel, I love you! Be happy and free!
Love, Sister Linda Ripplinger
Melanie always wore a smile and made the world a better place. It was a treat to visit with her. She had such a great attitude despite her trials. I’ll always remember her beautiful angelic voice as she sang O Holy Night at sacrament mtg.
Melanie, how I remember that first date when my baby boy went out with an old divorced lady with a small girl at Christmas time. He normally would have been duck and goose hunting with Lance and I (which is what we did every Christmas holiday while they were home from collage). But, I was sick in bed and, can you believe it, but both boys substituted dating girls for hunting that Christmas and – worst of all – they both found wonderful wives and never thanked me for being sick. Kids……
Anyway, back to Melanie…….along about 2:00 A.M. poor Trent was still not home…..and I couldn’t help but imagine how this old ex-married lady was probably leading him astray…..So I decided to call him and see what was going on – just like I did his sisters, if they were not home from a date by midnight. Well, they were surprised and so was I – and that’s how Mel and I started out.
However, as time went on they got married anyway, had a reception at our home = floating candles or something in the pool. Melanie was a great a cook, singer, friend, much fun, talented, super wife and mother. But most of all she was a good shot! Liked hunting Sandhill Cranes with Trent, and travelling, working hard at Sportsman shows and always a JOY to be around. Trent will miss her lots, but I will miss her too. Kids you have a super mom!!
Love Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa Larry
If there are matches made in heaven, Trent and Melanie are one. I’m so happy we were able to visit over the past two years and impressed with the love for Heavenly Father , each other, and the family that you both always exhibited. And so happy you got to take that wonderful trip last year and have memories of that time together. We love you both and want you to know our home is always open for your visits. You are family to us. I hugs from Sirpa and Lorne.
I have known Melanie before she was born, remember especially the night she was born. I love her & miss her smiling face & her sense of humor. She is visiting with her Uncle Ray & Uncle Cecil. Love you girl.
We have known each other for many years; during our young single adult days, young married days, pioneer sesquicentennial music recording days, and following your recent illness journey that was so akin and close to my heart. You will be my friend through the eternities, I know it! My love and prayers to Trent and family!
Robin and I loved your sweet spirit, beautiful smile, and amazing attitude. You and Trent have been in our prayers everyday and we just loved seeing you at church most every week. We didn’t really know you as much as we would have liked too, but that is certainly our loss. You have been an inspiration to us and we look forward to seeing you again beyond the veil. May Heavenly Father continue to bless you both.
I already wrote, but had to comment on the wonderful slide show you offered. I am so glad I got to share in your many memories and good times. Thank you! I didn’t know Mel much past her youth, so this was a real treat. It looks like you have taken time to make some great trips and times together. Keep her in your hearts and remember that she loves you and that she loves the Savior.
I miss her voice. I miss her smile, I miss her sarcasm. I loved her. I barely knew her, but that’s how Mel is. She draws you in, and you love her, even someone who is closed off like me. Mel has amazing fashion sense cause it’s the same as mine. ? I loved seeing how she would express herself each Sunday. We shared a love of the same holiday. Fun Halloween, not gory. I remember the day a heard her sing in church. Her voice was smooth like butter, effortless, unforgettable. I wish I could have heard her sing more. Can’t wait to see you again Mel and this time have more time to get to know you better.
I remember her smile, her kind words, the way she treated everyone with love. I was so sad when she announced she was leaving our ward. My kids would always play quietly with her during sacrament when I was a single mom trying to deal with 3 kids all on my own. I will miss seeing her posts about her life but I am glad she’s no longer in pain.
I met Melanie after moving to Oregon the summer before my 7th grade year. Although Our family only stayed two years before we moved back to California, Melanie was the only kids in the neighborhood I felt safe around. I don’t believe she went to regular school. I don’t remember each and every day so excited to see her because she was always funny and kind. I cried when we fight and would hope someday that I would find her. When I did, it’s too late. We used to pick blackberries along the railroad tracks and we’re going to her mom and we make blackberry ice cream. It was so yummy.Rest in peace beautiful angel of God
I can still hear her laugh clear as day. Melanie was always a calm presence in the chaos that was our work together. We shared many, many cat memes together and there is hardly a day that goes by that I view my Facebook memories and don’t see something that she shared with me. Melanie was someone that I dearly wanted on my team. Not just at work, because she was smart, strong and wonderful at navigating difficult conversations. She’s someone that I wanted as family. There are only a handful of people that I have met, known or currently know, that I know without a shadow of a doubt, are living life well. That leave warmth and positivity on every person they encounter. People that just seem to carry a light with them and are able to share a little with each person they come across. Melanie was one of those people. I love her so much and am so grateful for the time I got to have with her.
I love this! Thank you!
When we were growing up Melanie was in my new ward that we moved to in 9th ward, which was so different than Milwaukee Ward. Everyone seemed so close and like they had all known each other forever. I had seen and met Mel a few times at Church and was in AWE.. She was a senior when I was a freshman in high school (I think) and she was so cool. She had the whole vibe going on with the cool haircut and leather bikers jacket, a little punk and a lot of cool. My friends and I had thought we were so grown up by getting on the bus and going downtown after school when we didn’t have sports. One day on our way downtown I spotted Melanie on the bus and she saw me. She immediately .jumped up and left her “older friends” to come over and talk to me. She said “Hey Karmen where you going?” Just like a good friend would. We chatted and I told her our plans and she told me to be careful with who I talk to and to remember that I shouldn’t trust everyone I meet downtown. We all felt so cool to be talking to her. My friends couldn’t believe I knew her. We ended up going to a popular cafe that she had recommended (that is now the Columbia building on Broadway). It was a popular spot for young adults and she dropped by to come say hi and say she was just checking in on me. From that day on, I finally felt like I had a big sister looking out for me. I would run into her often downtown and at dance clubs and knowing her always gave me instant street cred with the older high schoolers. We ended up being in the same ward after we were all married and I still adored her as always. She will always be in my heart for singing at my husbands funeral. I was so young and remember almost nothing about that day because it was so hard, but I clearly remember her beautiful voice and her love for me.