Melissa Michelle Marie Marsh

200dpiMelissa Michelle Marie Marsh, 31, of Issaquah, WA, died January 1, 2014, from complications of diabetes at her home.

Melissa was born in October of 1982, and was a lifelong resident of the greater Seattle area. She graduated from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, WA, and attended Seattle Central Community College.  She worked for La Residence Suite Hotel in Bellevue, WA.

Melissa loved her young family. Making a home was very important for her. She worked part-time so she could see her son “lil” Rashad off to school, pick him up and ensure he did his homework. She volunteered at Clark Elementary School, where Rashad attends second grade. Melissa was always trying new recipes for the family dinner – eagerly looking to see signs of approval if the meal was liked, “or there would be a TV dinner waiting for you tomorrow.”

“Big” Rashad, Melissa’s life-partner, officially met her for the first time at the Seafair Torchlight Parade in 2001. Rashad was thrilled that Melissa took an interest in football and basketball, often knowing more about the rules of the games than her male friends.

After many years together, Melissa and Rashad recently felt that the time was right for the two of them to get married. The marriage proposal was imminent but Rashad was eager to contact Melissa’s brothers in the New Year for their approvals before asking the big question.

Melissa is survived by her son, Rashad Daniel Maurice Bell, and her life-partner Rashad Bell, both from Issaquah; mother Marsha Marsh, of Issaquah; brothers Alfonso Marsh III of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and Cory Marsh of Phoenix; a brother-in-law Joris van Leeuwen, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; a sister-in-law Misty Marsh in Phoenix; nephews Cory and Mekhii; nieces Aujanii, Angeliina; great-nephew Izayah, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Melissa is also survived by members of Rashad’s family, including his father and stepmother, Harvey and Beverly Bell; his mother Debbie Davis; his sister Brahma Davis; and brother Matthew Graham.

She is preceded in death by her father, Alfonso Marsh II; her grandparents Rocelious and Leora Givens, Alfonso and Wilma Marsh; step-grandmother Betty Marsh; and uncle Michael Marsh.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 11 at 3:00 p.m. at East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue WA. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up for Melissa’s family, at


The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support.

5 Responses to “Melissa Michelle Marie Marsh”

  • Taryn Ross says:

    I didn’t know Melissa well, only knew her in passing as we would pick our children up at school. My daughter was in his class in kindergarten. I was heart broken for her son and family as I heard she had passed away. She was always kind and I could tell she loved her son very much. God Bless lil Rashad and the rest of the family with peace and comfort at this difficult time.

    Taryn Ross

  • Arjan de Jong says:

    From the Netherlands our sincere regrets.

    Friends of Joris:
    Robert, Brenda, Christa, Marco, Edward, Arjan.

  • Marilyn Ward says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the entire Marsh family on Melissa’s passing. A bright future dimmed too soon. God needed Melissa more than the love on earth could hold.

    The Rex Ward family: Rex, Marilyn; Chris & Kelly Ward & kids; Jeannette & Greg Kent & kids.

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  • Uncle Dean Jackson says:

    Baby Melissa and her cute antics attempting to jump on her Daddy and sort of jump on “the wrong side” of her big Daddy Alfonse when he and all of us would all be comfy-cozy around that big fire stove Daddy Rick always had going during the cold months. I clearly recall baby / little Melissa landing on the “wrong part” of Daddy Rick !! He was not immediately happy about little Melissa’s landing although big Daddy grabbed and loved on his baby Melissa and all was good.

    The last time I saw and felt baby Melissa was at brother Ricks passing service when she pulled me aside, pulled my head aside,(she’s a grown woman now) and planted a kindly heartfelt kiss to my cheek.

    Yes, We’re all going to grow from Melissa’s love, kindness, and the joy Melissa has passed on to all of us – – –

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