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THORNBERG, Melissa Joy (Bixby)

THORNBERG - Melissa Joy (nee Bixby)
64, passed away September 2, 2017 in Denver, CO. She was born October 1, 1952, the daughter of the late Howard and Eleanor (Remington) Bixby. She grew up in Ellicottville, NY and was Valedictorian of her class. She received her Bachelor's Degree in English from SUNY Geneseo. While working on her Master's Degree at the University at Denver, she met and married Ernest A. Thornberg in 1975. When their studies were complete, they moved to California, his home state, where she was a librarian in various parts of California. She worked as a manager in the insurance industry, developing and testing annuity plans and as an independent consultant. She also worked in user testing for CitiBank until her retirement due to illness in 2015. Melissa lived predominately in the Sacramento area from 1975-2017 before moving to be with her daughter in Denver. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer R. Thornberg of Denver; sisters, Pamela S. (Thomas) Simsick, Laurel A. (Bradley) Steffen and Joni (Robert) Simsick; and nephews Thomas (Becky) Simsick Jr. and Jacob Steffen; and several cousins and friends including her ex husband, Ernest. She was predeceased by her parents, her grandparents, several aunts, uncles and a nephew, Jarod Simsick. A Memorial Service will be held on October 1, 2017 at 1pm from Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 411 Rock City St. in Little Valley, NY. Burial in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Ellicottville, NY. Memorials to the charity of the donor's choice.

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