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Melissa M. (Phippen) Kerins

September 14, 1978 ~ July 24, 2016 (age 37)
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A candle was lit by Theresa Damieb on March 28, 2020 5:02 AM
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A candle was lit by George Kerins on June 2, 2017 12:18 PM
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A candle was lit by George Kerins on December 13, 2016 9:57 PM
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A candle was lit by Jessica Bergerson Sundeen on August 2, 2016 4:08 AM
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A candle was lit by Jennifer Foster Blair on July 31, 2016 11:19 PM
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A candle was lit by Honie Ovalle on July 31, 2016 8:49 PM
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A candle was lit by Scout on July 31, 2016 1:16 AM
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A candle was lit by Lori on July 31, 2016 12:52 AM
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A candle was lit by Erica on July 30, 2016 10:50 PM
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A candle was lit by Cathy (Derochea) Tashjian on July 29, 2016 6:34 AM
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A candle was lit by The Derochea Family,Pembroke on July 29, 2016 6:30 AM
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A candle was lit by The Loring Family on July 28, 2016 9:44 PM
Message from The Loring Family
July 28, 2016 9:43 PM

Prayers and condolences to The Kerins family.
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A candle was lit by Debbie & Jordan Phippen on July 28, 2016 6:16 PM
Message from Will Mariner
July 28, 2016 3:23 PM

Melissa, you will always have a place in my heart. I am forever grateful for your true friendship:

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again.
-Henry Scott Holland
Message from Rolly T
July 28, 2016 1:44 PM

So so sad about Melissa - What a tragedy - I knew her from the lyme group - she was both courageous and caring - she will be missed by many
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A candle was lit by Jean & Mike Morrisey on July 28, 2016 12:41 PM
Message from Life Church in Norton, MA
July 28, 2016 10:03 AM

To Melissa's family-
We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. We were asked by a friend of Melissa's mom, Cindy LoBalbo, to pray for Melissa and your family some time ago. We have prayed, and will continue to pray for you during this very difficult time. Our prayers will be for God to comfort and strengthen you, and that you will feel His never ending love through the kindness and care shown to your family by others.
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A candle was lit by Bruce Souza on July 28, 2016 9:01 AM
Message from Bruce Souza
July 28, 2016 8:54 AM


My deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I hope you can find
comfort knowing that she was a terrific daughter and sister.

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A candle was lit by Uncle Mark & Family on July 28, 2016 7:30 AM
Message from bill Julian
July 27, 2016 10:14 PM

I am very sorry about the loss. I knew her from Lyme disease classes in Whitman library. She seemed so helpful and smart. I also lost my wife 2 years ago form Pneumonia and then lost my son 4 months ago I certainly know the pain. I am a Christian so I know my wife and son are with Jesus in heaven the Bible ensures us of eternal life there to all God's children who place faith in him. Please accept my heartfelt sorrow at this moment. I always say although I miss my wife and son the earth they left behind was a disaster and the one gained unspeakable.
God go with you
Message from Jody Noller from facebook
July 27, 2016 6:03 PM

My sincerest condolences to Melissa's entire family.

When the road you walk is dark
May you always hear
Even in the hour of your sorrow
The gentle singing of the Lark
When times are hard, may hardness
Not turn your heart to stone
And may you always remember
You do not walk alone.

-Celtic prayer
Message from sherry
July 27, 2016 3:18 PM

So sorry for your loss. Melissa made a huge contribution and endeared all who met her. In times of loss., the right words are often hard to find but our creator gives us these words of hope found at Revelation 21:4:"...death will be no more.., the former things have passed away."
Please visit for more on this hope
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A candle was lit by pat martins on July 27, 2016 1:35 PM
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A MIXED GLADIOLU ARRANGEMENT was sent on July 27, 2016

Melissa, A warrior, a Barbie, a fighter until the very end, a true friend and now that you have finally received your wings, an Angel. We always keep you alive in our memories. Love you forever and a day. Winnie and Andrew Kennedy

Message from June Ellen Arruda
July 27, 2016 9:41 AM

I wanted to send my deep condolences to the family and friends of the passing of Melissa. I know she is in good hands now, and at everlasting peace. I am a fighter of lyme also. Although I din't know Melissa personally I felt compelled to send this post as we lymie's always stick together. Let us all remember this child of GOD as an angel on earth, as she was a loving, caring, and giving person.
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A candle was lit by June Ellen Arruda on July 27, 2016 9:30 AM
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A BLUE AND WHITE PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was ordered on July 27, 2016

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A candle was lit by Liz and Larry Brothers on July 26, 2016 9:59 PM
Message from The Sproules family
July 26, 2016 9:34 PM

Our deepest sympathies go out to Melissa's beautiful family. There's a special place in heaven for people like Melissa who gave so much of herself to those in need. May almighty God give comfort and strength to her family in this most sorrowful of times. Rest in peace Melissa.
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A candle was lit by The Ockerbloom Family, Pembroke on July 26, 2016 7:29 PM
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A candle was lit by Joanne Jacobellis on July 26, 2016 4:24 PM
Message from Michele
July 26, 2016 3:27 PM

I didnt know Melissa personally but EVERYTIME we lose another lyme warrior I feel like I lost a member of my family. I too am battling lyme. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family
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A candle was lit by Michele on July 26, 2016 3:22 PM
Message from Nolisha Anderson and Family
July 26, 2016 2:26 PM

With our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you, George, family and relatives. We had only met Melissa once but it was an memorable connection. Such a great person, a smile that would melt your heart and a spirit that kept on giving. She had so much courage and fought everyday. Words can not explain the type of warrior angel she will be in heaven. George, we will always keep you and your family in our prayers. May the Lord strengthen you all with Peace, Love and inner Joy. Melissa will always be with us in our hearts and memories.

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A candle was lit by The Anderson Family on July 26, 2016 2:06 PM
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A TABLE BASKET was ordered on July 26, 2016

Message from Julie Miller
July 26, 2016 1:41 PM

Melissa - bright light in a dark world - God has used you mightily. My heart is breaking at your early departure - and I wish I had made the effort to get to know you better on a personal level, Special lady. We took a stand for Justina - and you, for so many more!

I have read all of the beautiful condolences below - and they all so aptly describe you. God's peace that passes all understanding to your children, your dear George, and all you leave behind. _Julie
Message from Chrissy Davitt
July 26, 2016 11:01 AM

George and family,

I'm deeply saddened to hear of Melissa's passing.. She was one in a million -- a funny, brave, passionate and caring woman and a dear friend to many. My sympathies on the loss of your beloved wife and mother. I will continue to hold you all in prayer.
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A candle was lit by Someone who cares. on July 26, 2016 10:23 AM
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A PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was ordered on July 26, 2016

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A candle was lit by The Mena Family❤️ on July 26, 2016 10:06 AM
Message from Terri Damien
July 26, 2016 8:41 AM

So sorry to have this beautiful human being leave the earth. Last Monday,,7/18, she told me Gram Phippen came to see her the Sunday before 7/17................ I guess she was escorted by a tough lady with the same birthday as she, to heaven.
I am so sorry..................
Message from Yolanda
July 26, 2016 7:36 AM

I only just met you but you left a beautiful empression on me. Rest in peace sweet Angel.
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A candle was lit by Jessica on July 26, 2016 7:10 AM
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A candle was lit by McNeice Family on July 26, 2016 6:58 AM
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A candle was lit by s.a.xc. on July 26, 2016 6:25 AM
Message from Deborah L Cressler
July 25, 2016 11:52 PM

Melissa was a guiding light for so many people, her strength to fight the unjust treatment of others like Justina is a testament to her life. Condolences to your family and friends and esp your husband and children. May they feel your presence in their life and know the love you have for them.
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A candle was lit by SLP on July 25, 2016 11:36 PM
Message from Jen and Rick Kruzel
July 25, 2016 11:05 PM

We are so sorry for you loss. Melissa was a force of nature . She was funny, cool, smart, and amazing. I am blessed that we became fast friends.
We had many long talks about horses, life, music and family.
I can tell you she LOVED each of you. I am sure you know.
Morgan, Owen, were her everything... Her eyes would speak volumes and we would laugh about how sappy and girlie we are...and turn up the tunes.
Our deepest condolences at this time...
Melissa will be with you always...
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A candle was lit by Mary Zutterman on July 25, 2016 10:53 PM
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A candle was lit by Jennifer.. Rick and all the horses on July 25, 2016 10:51 PM
Message from Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brothers Sr.
July 25, 2016 10:43 PM

We would like to send our condolences to you and your family. She was a wonderful kind/caring person and will be sadly missed. We are sending our Love to you and your family at this difficult time.
Message from Don Young
July 25, 2016 10:39 PM

My sincerest condolences to George and his entire family. I am a friend of Tim's and understand how difficult a year it has been for Melissa and all of you. I pray the weeks and months ahead will give you some comfort in knowing that Melissa is no longer suffering. God bless!
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A candle was lit by michael halchuk on July 25, 2016 10:29 PM
Message from Michael Halchuk
July 25, 2016 10:28 PM

Josh and Cliff My deepest hear felt sympathies on your loss . Melissa is with God and smiling down on your family from Gods home.
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A candle was lit by Peninah and Kansas Tick-Borne Disease Advocates, Inc. -HUGS! on July 25, 2016 10:24 PM
Message from Christene
July 25, 2016 10:19 PM

I only knew Melissa through the Free Justina movement. She was so respectful and honorable to the family and it endeared me to them more. She was quite a combination of compassion and fire. My condolences for your loss.
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A candle was lit by Jamie Jensen on July 25, 2016 10:16 PM
Message from Jamie Jensen LYME friend
July 25, 2016 10:16 PM

My deepest condolences for I know the struggle she fought. Rest in peace.
Message from Stacey Murphy
July 25, 2016 10:00 PM

Melissa has touched the lives of so many through her endless contribution to educating parents on Lyme disease. I am so grateful for the help and guidance she gave me when my 3 kids were diagnosed. She has left a footprint in our lives.
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A candle was lit by Diane Maguire on July 25, 2016 9:59 PM
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A candle was lit by The Lumley's Belinda, Bill ,James, and , Joshua on July 25, 2016 9:55 PM
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A candle was lit by The Nicholson Family on July 25, 2016 9:53 PM
Message from Kim C.
July 25, 2016 9:52 PM

This news is so incredibly awful. Melissa leaves this world with quite a legacy though. Despite the fight for her own health she was out there fighting for Justina and really for all children illegally kidnapped for medical trials. I didnt know that she was also fighting for other causes-how did she do it all. I feel so awful for her kids and husband.. So sorry to see you go so soon Melissa-- you will be remembered by many people who now know you for your heroic fight. God Bless Melissa's family..-watch over he kiddos.
Message from Betty Harris
July 25, 2016 9:52 PM

George, my heart breaks for you and the kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope you all find some peace and remember the good memories.
Message from Belinda Nicholson
July 25, 2016 9:51 PM

So sorry for your loss may God be with you and your family through this difficult time love and prayers she was such a beautiful young lady and God has another angel now she will always be young and beautiful and have no more pain
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A candle was lit by Belinda Nicholson on July 25, 2016 9:45 PM
Message from Laura Snow
July 25, 2016 9:43 PM

I went to High school with Melissa. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers to your family.
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A candle was lit by Mariani Family on July 25, 2016 9:20 PM
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A candle was lit by Susan Bourne on July 25, 2016 8:56 PM
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A candle was lit by Diane Ballou on July 25, 2016 8:14 PM
Message from The O'Riordan family
July 25, 2016 8:06 PM

We wish to offer our condolences to the Kerins and Phippen families for the loss of Melissa. May God comfort you all at this difficult time.
Message from Derel Lee Twombly
July 25, 2016 7:49 PM

God bless you in this difficult time. Kids, always remember how much your mother loved you, and George you were her rock, beloved husband and truly a gift from God. She appreciated how much each of you enriched her life and the love you shared. She will never be far from your hearts.
Message from Dianne Connelly
July 25, 2016 7:43 PM

George, Morgan, Owen, Taylor and extended family...I am so heartbroken to hear this news. My prayers are with you and your family, Melissa was an amazing warrior in every sense of the word. I had the pleasure of meeting her during many protests for Justina. She fought this latest battle with such dignity and grace and despite this outcome, I truly believe that God's hand was on her and He used her even in her suffering, to reach countless lives. She is now free from pain....and I believe that her beautiful spirit will live on through every heart that she touched. May God show His tangible presence to all of you right now and send comfort and peace to you all. You were blessed with an amazing wife and mother, as she was blessed to have each of you. I pray for you all to have the strength to move forward, keeping her legacy alive forever. She will forever be a hero to so many people that she touched throughout her life. RIP sweet of everlasting joy <3
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A candle was lit by the reed family on July 25, 2016 7:31 PM
Message from joanne reed
July 25, 2016 7:30 PM

My heart goes out to you all. Melissa was a fighter and she taught so many to have courage, to laugh and to be brave. She walked tall and loved like a giant. George, big hugs to you. You have been such a rock to her and loved her hard. Love you brother.
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July 26, 2016 7:40 PM

Message from rhonda nielsen
July 25, 2016 7:00 PM

Blessing and comfort to George and the children and the rest of Melissa's friends and family. Melissa was one of the brightest lights, fiercest soul and biggest heart of anyone that I'd met through my own journey with illness. What a spitfire! She made a difference in so many lives- May her brave soul rest in peace.
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Message from Pamela Murphy
July 25, 2016 6:50 PM

Our hearts are hurting for your family. No children should be without their mother ,but I strong
family like yours we'll gather together. When I saw the beach pictures it was beautiful to see Melissa so happy to be with her family. Our thoughts are with you George and your kids
Message from Kathy (Thrasher) McLaughlin
July 25, 2016 6:41 PM

My deepest sympathy for your loss
Message from Nancy Beardsley
July 25, 2016 6:40 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Melissa made such a huge positive difference in the world. When you are feeling overwhelmed I hope you remember this. Her passing is a loss to humankind simply because she cared so much for others and did something about it. We all care but not all do something about it. You will all be in my prayers.
Message from BETTY GORDON
July 25, 2016 6:40 PM

George and kids,
My heartfelt sympathies to you on the loss of your beloved wife and mother.

I knew Melissa from the website for many years. She was a DYNAMO of activism. I remember her free Justina well and participated.

She way to young to go to Heaven, but look for the pennies and other things she will show each of you that she IS with you all daily as you go on without her in your lives.

May God be with you now and in the days, months, and years ahead.

Betttyg, Iowa lyme activist
47.5 yrs. chronic lyme
Message from Nancy Tozier
July 25, 2016 5:54 PM

Dear George and family, I'm so sorry. I, like everyone else loved her dearly. We could laugh about the silliest things. We used to talk about how you all should move to Maine and live in the country. I'll miss her so much. She was a hero to so many. You must be so proud that she is your mom. There are none better. XXOO
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