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Memorial created 02-1-2008 by
Jessica Ramirez
Melissa Meraz Levario
December 4 1985 - February 23 2007

Melissa Meraz Levario, Age 21 (Our Guardian Angel)

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Melissa Levario, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Melissa's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Melissa forever.



The picture on the right is of Melissa and her precious son Jorge Anthony in Cancun (Summer of 2006)

Hi, my name is Jessica Ramirez and I have created this memorial in loving memory of my beautiful Sister Melissa Meraz Levario, who passed away in Feb. 2007 due to an Astrocytoma Medulloblastoma type brain tumor the size of a golf ball in her cerebellum. 

Melissa was shockingly diagnosed with this terrible tumor on February 16th 2007 and passed away a week later on February 23, 2007....Melissa was only 21 years old and was currently married and had one little boy who was 3 years old at the time and is now 4 years old .....He surely misses his Mommy a ton....He knows that his Mommy has gone to be with our Lord and Savior in Heaven and at times he'll point up to the sky and tell us that he wants to go up there to Heaven with his Mommy......

It is absolutely heartbreaking....Melissa was a very humble person.  She was a very outgoing, jolly person with a unique personality.  I can almost say that you NEVER saw her without a BIG BRIGHT SMILE on her face....The moment anyone met her, she would steal their heart and they would immediately love her.  She had a very inviting personality and always made you laugh.  She was the life of every party. 

Before Melissa passed, she had been a Radiology Student at our local College for approximately 2 years and was a straight "A" student throughout her short life.  She had been doing clinicals at our local hospitals and never appeared to be ill.  No one, including herself, ever imagined that she could have a brain tumor of the magnitude that she did.  She was just  a normal, healthy, bubbly, 21 year old. 

She had never had any health problems in the past.  Approximately 6 months before her diagnosis, she began to have headaches here and there, but nothing major, it just seemed like she'd have a headache here and there but the headaches didn't seem unbearable.  About 1 or 2 months before she passed, we started noticing that she would complain of these headaches a little more than usual, but she had already obtained medical treatment for headaches and thought that they were just migraines. 

She never let her headaches effect her normal routines and continued to go about her business, including pre-scheduled vacations and so forth.  In the days previous to her diagnosis, her headaches began to worsen and pretty much became unbearable and strange things began to happen to her, like shaking in her left hand, vomiting and dizziness.

We then took her back to her neurologist, whom had been treating her for mirgraines on the 16th of February because that morning she called Mom and said that she felt terrible and that she couldn't stand the headache and could not go to class.  While she was being examined by the neurologist, she literally passed out in front of him.  She regained consciousness about 30 seconds later and an MRI was ordered immediately and the discovery was made. 

This was on a Friday and she was scheduled an appt with a neurosurgeon for the follow Tuesday and was sent home with a steriod prescription to help with the swelling of the brain.....The following night on the 17th of February about 10:00 P.M. Melissa started having seizures (which she never suffered from in the past) and we immediately called 911.  She regained consciousness while in transport to the ER and even while in the ER, but only a couple minutes after her arrival, she suffered a massive stroke due to the swelling and the fluid in her brain, caused by this golf ball size tumor and she stopped breathing and had to be put on a ventilator. 

An emergency ventricolostomy was performed but unfortunately the doctors said that due to the massive stroke, she had probably suffered severe brain damage and that they could not detect any brain activity whatsoever.....She was then transferred to ICU where the only chances the neurosurgeon would give us was a miracle.  We were told that if she happened to pull through, that she would pretty much be a vegetable....

This was absolutely devastating and heartbreaking, it was like a 2 ton brick wall falling on top of us out of nowhere.  It was so unbelievable that just a few days before, she appeared to be totally and absolutely healthy and laughing and talking.  And now, here we were with her pretty much on her death bed....At this point, the Drs said that our only chances were to put her through a very risky surgery to try and remove the tumor and if this wasn't done, then she was certainly going to die.....we knew that she was strong and had faith that she could pull through the surgery, which she did, but the swelling in the brain was so severe that even after the removal of the tumor, it didn't relieve any pressure in her brain. 

We never imagined that when she was taken in that ambulance, that we would never see those beautiful bright eyes open again, nor that we would never again see that big bright smile or that we would never hear that loud bubbly voice again or much less that her tiny precious innocent 3yr old Son, would not get to see, hug or kiss his loving Mommy ever again.  This is by far the hardest thing that I have ever had to live through in my entire life.  I find it so hard to imagine my nephew's life without his Mommy.  At times, I sit here and think what his life will be like as he grows older and can only pray that God allow him to be at peace with his destiny.  I think of all the special times when there is nothing more important to a Son or a Daughter than to have their Mothers and Fathers present, like at their Graduations and their Wedding or every birthday or just when they need to talk to Mom; and although I know in my heart that we are not supposed to question God's reasons, it is so hard not to ask why.....Why did this have to happen to her and why did this have to happen to this innocent child?  Why, why, why?  I can't imagine my childhood without my own Mother and everytime I think of my little nephew and his situation, I feel like my heart is being crushed into a million pieces and the pain is unbearable.  I think of all the special things that I do for my own children and I just pray and ask God to give me the ability and allow me or a very special person to be able to all those very important things for him that I know my Sister would have done for him with so much love.  Although I say I question God, I also talk to him and tell him that I understand and I thank him for allowing me to have had this GREAT SOLE in my life.  Deep inside and through all the pain I have in my heart, I know that when God needs an Angel, he picks the very best and I know that she is rejoicing in Heaven and I can only picture her beautiful, bright, warm, welcoming smile of hers.  Although I hurt so much for my nephew, I thank God with all my heart for allowing this huge piece of her to be among us because in him, will always live a huge part of her. 

SISTER:     The emptiness that you have left us will never be full again and  we miss you so so much, like words can NEVER explain, but we know that you are where God needs you to be and I know that you must be so happy there.  In our eyes, you have not left because you live, each and everyday and forever, in the most tender , most precious part of our hearts where we keep all of our love....When I look up at the sky and see that tiny little star miles away, shining as bright as your smile, that's when I know that you're not gone, that you're still right there watching over us just like you always did..........

Thanks for being the best Sister I could have ever asked for.........


May You Rest In Peace....


Melissa and her husband in Las Vegas (January 2007)

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,

Love leaves a memory no one can steal."


Melissa and me about a month before she passed.....

"SISTERS, one of

life's greatest



Melissa and our Sister-n-Law in Vegas (January 2007)

"God looked around his garden

and found an empty space.

Then he looked down upon this earth,

and saw your beautiful face.

He put his arms around you

and lifted you to rest.

God's garden must be beautiful,


Melissa and one of her good friends Mirella....

"Side by side or miles apart,

good friends are always

close to the heart"


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