Melissa Lynn Bentson |

Melissa Lynn Bentson

Melissa Lynn Bentson, 21, died March 15, 2007, at Children’s Hospital in Denver. She was born Jan. 16, 1986, in Leadville, to Robert and Brenda (Koebel) Bentson. Melissa was currently a student at Lake County High School.She was born with a fighting constitution that was a blessing with the disabilities she had to deal with in her short life. She taught everyone around her what was really important in life – unconditional love, patience and the ability to see and accept people for who they are and what their limitations may be. Melissa taught us all that all people have something to contribute and that they need to be seen for their own value.She loved doing ceramics because it was totally “hands on,” listening to music and having people interact with her.Her family will always remember the wonderful trip they took to Disneyland. The excitement and wonder they saw in her face will be a particularly cherished memory.What a great young lady she was, always smiling and going with the flow.Through all the challenges life threw at Melissa, she persevered. Her family takes great comfort in knowing Melissa is at last able to do all the things she was not able to do in life.She is survived by her parents; sister Heather Bentson of Glenwood Springs; uncle Jim (Laura) Koebel of Texas; and cousins Jimmy Koebel, Jay (Veronica) Koebel and Aaron Koebel, all of Texas.Melissa is preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold and Rita Koebel, and Ed and Esther Bentson, as well as her aunt, Judy Bentson.Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Mining Museum Convention Center in Leadville.In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to Mountain Valley Developmental Services, P.O. Box 338, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

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