Melissa Dawn Burkenbine

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Mellissa Dawn Burkenbine
December 16, 1980 - April 7, 2018
Melissa Dawn Burkenbine, born December 16, 1980 passed away April 7, 2018. Born in to a military family, she traveled the world, growing up in Europe and Hawaii before settling in Colorado. Melissa graduated from Coronado High School and earned her Bachelors Degree from UCCS.
Melissa had a big heart and loved to spoil friends and family. She had an active life involving hiking, traveling and even an occasional lively party. Those who knew her best, knew one of her greatest pleasures was spending the day with her family, she loved her flowers and working in the garden. Her dogs, Lobo and Sosa brought her great joy and comfort.
The mult-famiy housing industry has also lost a rising star. Melissa had 18 years in the field progressing from property manager and leasing professional, to regional property supervisor and compliance specialist. She also held credentials in real estate and was working on national CPM certification.
Melissa is survived by her parents, Julie Elaine Sessler, Robert (Shirley) Burkenbine, Husband, Lance Mellem, son, Kai Holdridge, along with Lance's children, Chyann, Easten and Trace. Sister, Tracie (Shane) Sawinski, children, Kayla, Andrew and Michael. Half siblings include, Galene Magnuson, children Heather, Elizabeth and Donny. Rory Burkenbine and Andy (Nikki) Gochenour, daughter Lily, along with a host of other family who loved her dearly.
We couldn't be more proud of our Melissa. We love you, we miss your smiling face. Rest in peace...until we meet again.
Services for Melissa will be held Friday April 20, 2018 at 10 AM at Swan Law Funeral Directors, located at 501 N. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) at

Published in The Gazette on Apr. 15, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 North Cascade Avenue | Colorado Springs, CO 80903 | (719) 471-9900
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