Melissa Ann Mahar was a kindhearted, caring wife, mother, daughter, aunt, sister, and friend. She left this world surrounded by her family after a very short battle with cancer on June 3, 2023, at age 51.
Melissa was born to Jeffrey and Cinda Robinson on June 21, 1971. She grew up in Pembroke with her younger brother Jeff in a home with strong family values, a working dad and a mom that loved to decorate her home and bake for her family. Melissa shared that love of baking and cooking for her family and made her house a warm and inviting home that welcomed everyone. On August 7, 1993, Melissa married her best friend and love of her life, Tom. Together they had and raised not only their daughter Miranda, but she was a second mom to Rachael, Wyatt, Jayce, Jeno, Ryley, Jocelyn, Ethan, and Megan. Prior to having Miranda, Melissa had a few jobs but none of them compared to being a mom. She loved being involved in Miranda’s life, from being one of her Girl Scout leaders to her biggest cheerleader at all her games. As Miranda grew, Melissa found a love for crafts, crocheting, and gardening. She always had a project in the works, whether it was a blanket for a special someone or a thoughtful gift for Christmas. After all her kids grew up, Melissa found herself back in the workforce where she met her closest “friend”, they shared common interests and a healthy competition for collecting red trucks. This was also a special time for her and Tom to just relax and spend time together without the constant interruption of “mom” or “auntie”. They were happy just being in each other’s company and had a rare love for each other that only comes once in a lifetime.
Melissa is survived by her husband Tom, daughter and wife Miranda and Carolyn, old dad Jeff, brother and wife Jeff and Jennifer, mother-in-law Jean, brother and sister in-laws Laura, Artie and Diana “sister-by-choice”, Joey and Heather, Kelley and Michele, nieces and nephews Rachael, Wyatt, Kayleigh, Ryan, Maura, Halle, Jayce, Jeno, Jocelyn, Ryley, Ethan, and Megan, and her great nephew Lincoln. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends, too many to name them all, and finally her companions Remy and Daisy. Melissa was predeceased by her best friend and loving mom Cinda, and her grandparents Jack and Ruby Robinson, Fletcher and Melva Downes and Dale Boyce. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
“A messenger to tell you, we’re never far apart. My spirit will live forever, there within your heart. So when you see a Cardinal, you will know it’s true, I am never far away, I’m always here with you.”