Melissa Thomas-Eckroade

July 2, 1956 - March 23, 2015
Melissa Thomas-Eckroade

Williamsburg – Melissa Thomas ñ Eckroade- 58, passed away on March 23, 2015. Melissa truly had a heart of love for everyone she knew. She was one of the most giving human beings ever. Her smile was as huge as her heart! She adored her husband, daughters, granddaughters and her extensive family and friends. Melissa was a nursing professor at Kaplan University, she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. Her dedication in Nursing helped so many in need, as well as her teachings bettered the lives of so many students. Her passion for singing and heavenly voice touched so many throughout all the years. Now she is finally singing with the angels. Proceeded in death by her parents Ida and Don Thomas, brother Bruce Thomas, and her daughter Samantha Greathouse. Melissa is survived by her husband William Eckroade, daughters Shannon Gregory and Carie Hall, brother Tim Thomas (Caryn), grandchildren Autumn Rose Wenger and Ayra Hall. Visitation will be at Bucktrout Funeral Home, Sunday March 29, 2015, 5 ñ 7pm. Funeral Service will be held at Bucktrout Funeral Home Monday March 30, 2015 at 1:00pm. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be shared with the family at bucktroutfuneralhome.net.


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  • March 27, 2015
    sheila rucki says:
    Rest in sweet peace dearest Melissa

  • March 27, 2015
    Rose Saunders says:
    Melissa was a wonderful role model to her students & a great teacher. I am honored to have had the privilege of being a colleague. My sympathy to all her family. Rose Saunders Former Vice-President, Southside Regional Medical Center School of Nursing

  • March 31, 2015
    Mary Anne Theiss says:
    Melissa will be missed by all at Kaplan. She was such a tremendous asset to the School of nursing. She will be remembered and missed by us all. MAT

  • March 26, 2015
    Martha Richter says:
    Melissa will be sorely missed by those of us she supported and mentored. My prayers go out to her family at this time.

  • March 27, 2015
    Karen (King) Norman says:
    Melissa you will be missed dearly. Even though there were miles between us, I thought of you often. I remember when you visited, you would light up the room with your smile and energy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Tim, I love you, cousin.