Obituary: Melanie Fugate Aug. 29, 2019

MELANIE FUGATE Aug. 29, 2019

Melanie Fugate, 59, of Los Alamos passed away on August 29, 2019.

She is survived by her beloved daughter Lauren as well as her brothers Douglas and Byron Jakel, sisters-in-law Pattie and Michiko, nephew Connor, niece Mackenzie, friend and former husband Mike and friend and former mother-in-law Karene Elliott. Other friends include the Grimes and Riley families.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Melanie moved to Albuquerque where she graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico with a BA in English & Philosophy. She also earned an AAS in Legal Assistant Studies from the Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute.

Melanie worked as a paralegal in Albuquerque and later as an instructional assistant with special education students in the Los Alamos Public Schools. She also volunteered at animal shelters in Santa Fe.

A private ceremony will be held for family. Donations in Melanie’s memory may be made to Felines & Friends New Mexico, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, or the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service.