Melissa Thomas-Eckroade

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

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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 29, 2015
    Barb Findley says:
    I will treasure the memories of laughter and early morning and late afternoon group discussions over the "neighborhood" cubicals at RSHC, and the calls and on-line chats while at Kaplan. My condolences to Bill, daughter, granddaughter and family. Melissa is gone, but never forgotten.

  • May 02, 2015
    Kathy Ellis says:
    I worked with Melissa at IVNA several years ago in Richmond. She was an inspiration, always working toward the highest levels of patient care. I know she is missed by her family and friends; she will also be missed greatly in the profession of nursing.

  • March 26, 2015
    Carla Branson says:
    I'm so sorry to hear this news. Mrs. Thomas-Eckroade had such an amazing impact on my education, career, and professionalism. I'm thankful for her influence and having been able to learn from her. Prayers to all of the family for peace. Thankful for Jesus and the comfort of knowing I will see her again!

  • March 26, 2015
    Janis Ellison says:
    Joe & I are sorry for your loss, I pray for God to comfort you every day Trust in Him always. Love & prayers to all of you.

  • March 28, 2015
    Madelena Blanks says:
    May God give you peace and understanding during this difficult time. Mrs.Eckroade was indeed a blessing to the Riverside School of Professional Nursing. I am honored to have been taught by her.