Melanie (Mel) Lynn Hagen-Trebilcock passed away unexpectedly, due to a severe asthma attack, on March 27th, 2020 in Baker City Oregon.
Melanie was born on June 3rd, 1973 in Caldwell, Idaho, the daughter of Kathy Jane Heitz and Bill Joe Hagen. She grew up in Fruitland, Idaho, and attended Fruitland High School. She then went out to receive her high school diploma shortly after giving birth to her first son, Cory. Melanie faced many challenges while raising Cory, including being a single mother, working to support her son, and complete her education. A position that many of our sisters face today.
In 1995, Melanie met the love of her life, Thomas, and they dated for three years before FINALLY getting married in 1998. Expanding their family and moving from Idaho, to Georgia, and finally settling down in Baker City, Oregon.
Melanie was a very influential and maternal figure, with her concern for others being unlike any other! Her work ethic was outstanding, and her services were wanted by many. Melanie was involved in charity work such as Relay for Life, and other community-based organizations, including F.A.F.A, and was heavily involved in taking care of others and treating them as if they were family. She truly exemplified the definition of charity and understood the meaning of empathy and compassion, but be warned “don't mistake her meekness, for weakness”.
She knew what she wanted and would protect her family like a Mother Lion, if need be. Melanie loved camping with her family, her favorite spot was right next to the campfire. She also enjoyed watching her favorite T.V. shows and movies with her family, snowboarding, and playing Candy Crush Saga on her phone (she made it to level 3,848!). Melanie affected everyone she met positively, her most notable feature being her big smile, and the importance she held in her heart for family and friends.
Melanie is survived by her husband, Thomas, and four children: Cory Dustin, Mikayla Cheyenne Berkheimer-Trebilcock, Gabriela Paige, and Elizabeth Jayne; and three grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Ms. Kathy Heitz; her sister, Mrs. Pamela Heitz Zemmer; multiple siblings, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her son, Samuel Elijah Trebilcock; her father, Bill Joe Hagen; and stepfather, James Howard Heitz.
Her family and friends humbly ask that we all strive to emulate her example in our everyday lives. That we honor her memory, by keeping alive the principles she practiced in her everyday life.
Her family asks for your patience, as they navigate these uncharted waters, concerning Melanie’s arrangements. They are counseling together as a family as to how to best accommodate everyone during these uncertain times. They will notify you about any developments concerning their arrangements.
Melanie was taken from us much too soon, but her family can feel her urging them forward. It is through her strength, the support of family and friends, and the comfort of The Holy Spirit, that they are able to press on, and live their lives in a manner befitting her legacy. They are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support these many days and invoke the blessings of Heaven upon you all.
Memorial contributions in memory of Melanie can be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.
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