Melisa Ortiz, age 39, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2022 at her home in Savannah after a lengthy illness..
Born May 28, 1982 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of Anthony and Salvy Ortiz. Being a Military child Melisa grew up throughout the United States to include Hawaii. She eventually planted roots in Maryland and Savannah, Georgia. Melisa graduated from Anne Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland in 2000. She was a Medical Claims Adjuster for Nationwide Insurance and volunteered with StrykeTeam Veterans suicide crisis Awareness & Crisis response team. Melisa influenced the StrykeTeam to do more community outreach through feeding local families.
Melisa was engaged to be married to Kenny Evans in March of 2022, but the wedding never took place due to her falling very ill. She made friends anywhere and everywhere she went. She loved baking, cake making and designing and makeup & beauty. Melisa loved all puns and “dad” jokes. An unusual attribute was that she could tell the difference between all brands of Adobo and Sazon! She actually had a full-blown panic attack when she found out an elder Puerto Rican woman was going to eat her rice. There are three words that can sum up the life of Melisa Ortiz…tenacious, loving and kind.
Melisa leaves behind to cherish her memories her parents; a daughter, Adryanna Ortiz; and her brother, John Anthony Ortiz and his wife,Zorismaely Ortiz.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at The Sanctuary of Savannah, 8912 Whitefield Avenue with Funeral Services to follow at 12:00 P.M. Interment will be Monday, April 11, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park, West in Garden City.
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Sending our condolences from the Peoples and family.
Abby n Elliot Rivera
So very young n loved. God said,her work is done.she lives on in our memories. Our condolences to our dear family. I’m very familiar with the sorrow of losing a child.my prayers for you all.may Gods comfort be with you.we never personally met Melissa,but we love her still.sending hugs n love
Mi más sentido pésame, que Dios te colme de fortaleza y que meliza descanse en paz en la gloria de Dios 🙏.
Melisa was the one of us n the group of friends at youth camp that would take u n under wings ..full of life and spirits higher than u could imagine. Melisa will be dearly missed n loved until we met again my friend love and aloha rest high Mel.
Patricia (Bosselait) Mantooth
I’m deeply sorry that Melisa’s job here is done and Our Father has called her home. I’m thankful to have had the privilege to know her. She was an amazing young lady, with a big heart. We all have different relationships with her. I learned in her passing how many people adored and valued their relationship with her and what an amazing person and friend she was to everyone who knew her. I will forever hold your family close in my thoughts and prayers In hope we all one day meet again in Our Father’s House!
Melisa you will be missed and I thank you for being a wonderful example for us to follow in being a caring friend! ❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼
Mis condolencias a Salvy, Anthony y Anthony Jr. DLB y le siga dando fortaleza y fuerza para afrontar esta partida. RIP Melisa y ya esta con la gloria de Dios.
Familia Ortiz- Sending lots of love and hugs to you guys! You will be in my thoughts and prayers. The Rodriguez family will always have you in our hearts. Melissa will be truly missed. We love you! Que Señor les siga bendiciendo y les de paz en este tiempo. 🙏🏼❤️
My sincere condolences and continued prayers for you all Ortiz Ohana. I remember Melisa from Newtown Church of God and her time at Radford. Like many, I will remember her for her smile and gracious ♥️. Job well done Melisa, until we meet again, A hui you!
Mi amada Salvy siento mucho por todo esto que estan pasando tanto tu como tu esposo e hijo, Ahora Melissa esta en los brazos de el Señor y descansa en paz,le pido al señor Jesus que les de paz y tranquilidad ,no tuve el gusto de Co nocerla en persona pero me basto conocerte a ti y saber que era una buena hija madre y amiga,que Dios los bendiga grandemente.
The Nationwide family misses Melisa! Sending prayers and hugs to her family!
Triste noticia, solo nuestro Dios nos puede dar la fortaleza en momentos como estos!!