02/05/2003 – 09/08/2023
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter, Melisa Courtney Yhap, who left us far too soon at the tender age of 20. She departed this world on September 08, 2023, leaving a void in our hearts that can never be filled.
Melisa was born on February 05, 2003, a day that brought immense joy and hope into our lives. From the very beginning, she radiated a vibrant spirit that would continue to touch the lives of everyone she met. She was a loving daughter, sister, friend, and confidante, always ready with a smile to brighten our darkest days. She was also a bright and diligent student who pursued her dreams with determination. Her ambition and intelligence shone through in everything she set her mind to, and her dreams held the promise of a bright future that was tragically cut short.
Melisa had a deep love for art, which was a source of inspiration and solace for her as she battled the devastating effects of osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Notwithstanding the challenges of her illness, her entrepreneurial spirit was manifested in the design and development of her unique line of moisturizing products, meticulously project managing packaging, branding and marketing. She had an uncanny ability to find beauty in the world’s simplest pleasures, and her creativity knew no bounds.
Although we mourn the loss of our beloved Melisa, we take solace in the memories we shared and the profound impact she had on our lives. Her spirit will continue to live on in our hearts, and we will forever cherish the love, laughter, and joy she brought into our lives.
Melisa is survived by her grieving parents, Ian Yhap and Elisa Greaves, her adoring siblings, Monique (Cypha), Marcelle (Achim), Malakai, Monetta, Meira, Maya, Marley and McClain, Billie & Ndumiso. Her grandmother, Marjorie E. Cooper, Izetta Cooper (The Cooper family matriarch) her aunts and uncles, Elise Cooper, Gabriel Greaves, Charles Bright, John Kerkula, Pam & Boimah Taylor, Nyemale & Sam Gibson, Samuel B. Cooper, Michael Cooper, Jimmy Eid, Nada Bright, James Yhap, Jr., Kedrick & Constance Brown, J. Bai and Amanda Paasewe, Katy Yhap, Joy Wong, Rich & Genevieve Zebro, Eric & Paulette Yhap and Grace Yhap. Her best friends, Morgan & Ciara Wainwright (Three Peas in a Pod). She leaves behind a multitude of friends and extended family members who were touched by her grace and kindness.
A memorial service in celebration of Melisa’s life will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 12:00 noon at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg, Virginia 20175.
As we say our final goodbyes to our beloved daughter, may we remember her for the bright and beautiful soul she was. Though her time on Earth was brief, her impact was immeasurable, and her memory will forever be etched in our hearts.
Rest in eternal peace, dear Melisa. You will always be loved, deeply missed, and never forgotten.
“With a heavy heart, we say goodbye, but in our memories, you will forever reside.”
There will be no Repass