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POIRIER-SANDERS, Melissa (Mel) Denise

January 7, 1983 – Hull-Gatineau, QC
May 18, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Melissa Denise Poirier-Sanders of Calgary, AB, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the young age of 36 years.

Melissa felt her greatest accomplishments in her life were her two children, Emma, age 17 and Isaiah, age 8. These two were the light of her life and everything she did was for their good.

Melissa, as a single mom, tried diligently to care for her children while taking the Petroleum Technologist Engineering course at SAIT and we are proud of her hard work and achievements in this highly demanding course load. She was so looking forward to completing her training and working in that field.

Melissa had a passion for singing and enjoyed going to karaoke nights with her sister, friends and cousins and singing her heart out to her favorite country western songs.

Melissa loved camping with her kids, friends and cousins and they took the time to do that whenever they could! She craved being outside in the sunshine near the water and just enjoying life. She also always relished taking part in the fun and food at family gatherings!

She will be most remembered for her kindness, compassion and strength; as well as that beautiful, genuine smile and the laughter that shone through her eyes. She will also be remembered for her spirit of determination in caring for her children and fighting her long battle so courageously.

Melissa is survived by her parents, Heather and Michael Kemp and Claude Poirier; her daughter, Emma Kaylee Sanders; her son, Isaiah Barry Sanders-Kitching; her siblings, Jesse Kemp, Bianca Rae Scott, Jeremy Michael Kemp (Savannah), Cheryl Lynn Kemp; her nieces, Tachtiannia, Princessa, Cassandra, and Halaina; her grandfather, Frederic Murray Sanders; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, her paternal family (Poirier family) in Quebec, and her friends!

Melissa was predeceased by her Grandma, Doris Edna Slater; her Aunt, Cheryl Lynn Sanders; Uncle Keith Eugene McNabb; Grandma, Rollande Poirier; Grandpa, Rhéo Poirier; Aunt Francine Poirier (Poulin) and cousin Richard Poirier.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 40 St SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6) on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com

In living memory of Melissa Poirier-Sanders, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

Melissa Denise Poirier-Sanders de Calgary, Alb., Est décédée le samedi 18 Mai 2019 à l’âge de 36 ans.

Pour Melissa ses deux enfants, Emma, âgée de 17 ans, et Isaïe, âgée de 8 ans, étaient sa plus grande réussite dans sa vie. Ils étaient la lumière de sa vie et tout ce qu’elle faisait était dans leur intérêt.

Melissa, en tant que mère célibataire, a essayé avec diligence de prendre soin de ses enfants tout en suivant le cours d’ingénieure en technologie du pétrole à SAIT et nous sommes très fières de son travail acharné et de ses réalisations malgré cette charge de cours très exigeante. Elle avait tellement hâte de terminer sa formation et de travailler dans ce domaine.

Melissa avait une passion pour le chant et aimait aller aux soirées karaoké avec sa sœur, ses amis et ses cousins et chanter avec cœur ses chansons préférées de Western occidental.

Melissa adorait aller en camping avec ses enfants, ses amis et ses cousins et ils prenaient le temps de le faire quand ils le pouvaient! Elle aimait être dehors au soleil, près de l’eau et profiter de la vie dans la nature. Elle a également toujours aimé participer au divertissement et à la nourriture lors de réunions de famille.

On se souviendra surtout de sa gentillesse, de sa compassion et de sa force, mais aussi de ce beau sourire sincère et de ces rires qui brillaient dans ses yeux, ainsi que sa grande détermination à prendre soin de ses enfants tout en menant sa longue bataille avec autant de courage.

Melissa laisse dans le deuil ses parents – Heather et Michael Kemp et Claude Poirier; sa fille, Emma Kaylee Sanders 17 ans, son fils, Isaiah Barry Sanders-Kitching 8 ans; ses frères et soeurs, Jesse Kemp; Bianca Rae Scott; Jeremy Michael Kemp (Savannah); Cheryl Lynn Kemp; et ses nièces, Tachtiannia, Princessa, Cassandra et Halaina; et son grand-père, Fredric Murray Sanders ainsi que de nombreux , oncles et tantes, cousins et cousines dans différentes provinces au Canada incluant sa famille paternelle au Québec, et ses nombreux amis.

Melissa a été précédée par sa grand-mère, Doris Edna Slater, sa tante, Cheryl Lynn Sanders et son oncle Keith Eugene McNabb, sa grand-mère Rollande Poirier, son grand-père Rheo Poirier, sa tante Francine Poirier (Poulin) et son cousin Richard Poirier.

Les services funéraires auront lieu à McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 40 St SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6) le Samedi 1er Juin 2019 à 14h00. Réception à suivre au centre d’accueil de la maison funéraire. Les condoléances peuvent être envoyées via www.McInnisandHolloway.com

À la douce mémoire de la vie de Melissa Poirier-Sanders, un arbre sera planté au parc provincial Fish Creek par McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Téléphone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. I love you way too much melissa. I miss you and i dont know how to live without you. I just love you so so much and I want you back.

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  2. Danielle Sabourin

    Gros merci chère Heather d’avoir partagé la réunion d’adieu de Melissa. Grâce à toi, j’ai pû la connaître un peu plus. Je pense à toi, et surtout, je t’aime xoxo

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  3. Rae Ann Demmers

    Hi Heather – I just saw this heartbreaking obituary for Melissa. From one mother to another who have lost their first born daughters – I feel your immense pain. There are simply no words that I can offer you to make you feel any better. Life is not always kind. I know we haven’t spoke or seen one another in a very long time, but my heart goes out to you and your entire family. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

    Rae Ann Demmers

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  4. Je suis sans voix. Toutes mes pensées sont avec toi ma belle Heather et ta famille. Je suis tout coeur avec vous.

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  5. Heather, Mike and family, I wish I had known Melissa.
    She was a beautiful human, and this was a beautiful remembrance service! No doubt the loss will be great, but not hopeless. All praise to our Messiah for paying the price for the sins of mankind that we may be restored and receive the reward of eternal life. Those who have this hope will be reunited once again. So through His great love you will may see Melissa one day soon. Make it you plan today to be there at that great reunion. This is the blessed hope!

    “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. ” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NKJV

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  6. Chère Heather,
    J’ai appris cette semaine la triste nouvelle.
    Prévenue trop tard pour pouvoir assister à la cérémonie d’adieu de ta fille Mélissa, je veux que tu saches que je prends part à ta douleur.
    Accepte mes plus sincères condoléances.
    Malgré la distance, je ne vous ai jamais oublié.

    Josée xox

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