Melissa Ann Stokes

Melissa Ann Stokes
March 27, 1977 – August 25, 2018

Melissa Stokes, 41, of Bryan, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018, in Houston. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm, on Thursday, August 30, 2018, in the Pecan/Sage Visitation Suites of Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 South College Ave, Bryan. A Memorial Service honoring the life of Melissa will be 10 am, Friday, August 31, 2018, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Woodcreek Drive, College Station. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.

Melissa was born to Jerry Lauter and Karen Gaskamp on March 27, 1977. A graduate of Brenham High School Class of 1995, Melissa completed her Associates Degree from Blinn College and began her undergraduate studies at Sam Houston State University. She was a force of nature that could fill a room with her energy the minute she walked into it. She could pick up your spirits with her bright smile and the sparkle in her big, beautiful blue-green eyes. Rarely at a loss for words, you always knew what she was thinking and appreciated her for that. Melissa was one of the most organized and accomplished people that we ever knew. She didn’t just plan; she executed her plans with precision. If you were part of her plan and couldn’t keep up, she picked up your part, too. She might have grumbled a little to herself about your pace – especially those of us who are consistently last minute finishers – but she loved you for being on “her team”. She could work circles around us mere mortals. She packed more into her few years than many of us will in a lifetime.

Melissa taught Sunday school where her church family was her family. She taught their preschool class and many preschoolers after that. She loved those children like they were her own. She had a gentle way with all of them and they loved her. It was so important to her to make sure that they learned about Jesus’ love at a very early age.

Most of all, she loved her family. She adored her husband and her daughter was her world. She made sure that her daughter had the chance to experience everything she wanted. When something didn’t “stick”, she would introduce her daughter to something else. She not only encouraged her daughter’s full participation, she too fully committed to volunteering long hours to support multiple extra curricular activities. She was so proud of her daughter who has now accomplished so much in her 12 years. She loved her sweet girl with all of her heart.

And her husband Matt; he was her perfect match. She “voluntold” him a lot but he always complied with his sweet half-cocked smile. When she was moving 90 mph, only he seemed to be able to slow her down when she needed it. No matter what, when I saw them together they always seemed to share a look of what I could only describe as true, unconditional love. He was her rock, and she his.

Mother-in-law, Virginia Stokes; grandmothers, Dorothy Gaskamp, and Charolette Gaskamp; all precede Melissa in death.

Melissa leaves behind to continue her legacy, her husband, Matt Stokes; her precious daughter, Riley; her father, Jerry; her mother, Karen; her sister Amanda Lauter, and close friend Blake Hickerson; her niece, Madyson Meier; her aunt, Theresa Gaskamp Orts; her grandfather, Peanut Gaskamp, and her father and mother-in-law, Harold and Pat Stokes; her cousins and other relatives.

Honoring Melissa as Honorary Pallbearers are Jason Swain, Burge Linton, Doug Noll, Justin Putz, Scott Gresham, Chad Montgomery, and Joe Alderete.

In Lieu of Flowers Memorials can be made to Crohn’s Colitis Foundation or to PSC Partners


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  1. May God bless your family and hold them close as you mourn the loss of this beautiful lady. We are heartbroken to hear of her passing , but rest assured she is in loving hands. RIP sweet Melissa

  2. My heart is saddened with your loss. Paulette and I have prayed for days to have God provide his healing power and guidance. We don’t always understand why! Melissa will always be in Riley’s and your hearts. Christ our Lord welcome her into his open arms removing the pain she endured for so long. Keep your faith and love of Christ who help guide you and Riley.

    I am here if need to reach out for anything.

  3. To the Stokes and Lauter Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Melissa was such a sweet and caring person. She will be greatly missed by everyone that new her. Stay strong and keep your memories with you. Don & DeeDee (Lauter) Smith. Daniel and Lisa Krolczyk.

  4. So sorry for your loss. I had the honor of being Melissa & Amanda’s Sunday school teacher when they were young at St. Matthew. I know Melissa’s last years were a test of her faith. May her family feel the peace that only our Savior can give!

    Mark, Rachel, & Mattie Niebuhr

  5. Our many prayers are with you and your family. Please know we are here for you and Riley for anything we can do.

  6. Our hearts break over the pain and sadness you have for losing such a wonderful person. We are so incredibly sorry for such a loss, and we will continue to pray for Melissa’s family. Please let us know if we can help with anything.

  7. Prayers and condolences for this sweet family. Riley and my daughter Kilana grew up together from the age of 18 months to right before Kindergarten at Bright Beginnings Preschool where Melissa and I would often interact as well as at birthday parties etc. Melissa always had a smile on her face and had such contagious energy! I am so saddened by this news as I can’t imagine Riley without her amazing momma. God bless!

  8. Matt I can not even imagine what you and Riley are going through. I hope the good lord watches over y’all and continuesto help y’all heel. If there is anything at all you need please don’t hesitate brother. Y’all tobyou soon brother.

  9. Matt and Riley,
    I am so sad to hear that Melissa lost her battle. She helped me so many times with so many things when I first arrived at the TAMU VTPP department in 2014. She was exactly as the description above: precise, timely, and energetic. I have had her and your whole family in our daily prayers for quite some time. As the Martins mentioned above, it saddens me that she lost her battle. My heart hurts so much for you and your family. I, too, am glad she is no longer suffering. I will continue to pray for your peace and acceptance with this loss and the healing of your heart with time.

  10. Sorry for the loss of Melissa she was indeed a sweet person that lived a long time with this terrible disease. I am sorry for her husband and her little girl to go on without her but know she will be with you in spirit. I know she fought hard for this battle to end but in her favor. I will pray for you and your family.

    Gay and Jud Perry

  11. So sorry for your family. We wil be praying for the family. I know thar she was loved during her life May God Bless you and family

  12. Matt, I know Melissa went ahead of you to save a place for you and to be a guarding angle for Riley. I feel for you and the heart ache you have to endure. Know our prayers and blessings are with you. Teresa & Robin Smith, Corpus Christi.

  13. I am just so sorry to hear this. Amanda i remember us talking about your sister and Riley and your daughter. Please tell them they and the rest of your family that they were blessed to have had her. i will pray for you all especially Amanda. God has her in his open arms.

  14. Matt,
    I am sorry to learn of Melissa’s passing. Please know that you are in my prayers. You and Riley will have many “mom” and Melissa” moments in the days to come. The love that you shared between you, and the love of our Heavenly Father will sustain you. May you also know His comfort and His peace as you lay Melissa to rest.

    I will be thinking of you…Jerry Goolsby, Fayettteville, AR

  15. May god bless and be with you in you time for lost one you love so much I know she will be very miss love you all god bless you all too amen.

  16. Dear Karen, I was so sorry to hear about Melissa. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. May God bless you all at this time.

  17. Thoughts and prayers to you, Riley and the rest of the family on your loss. While it will never be easy to accept, our hope and prayer for you is that each day gets easier and you are comforted by the thought that Melissa is now in a better place, and free of any discomfort.

    God bless you both!

  18. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My daughter Rachelle went to school with
    Melissa. Remember to cherish your memories.

  19. Deepest sympathies to your family. May God surround you with His comfort and peace today and always. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  20. Jerry, Karen and family

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God be an ever presence for all of you in the days ahead.

  21. Matt & Family:
    I know but I do not know what you are going through. Since I lost Judy on April 19, 2018 it’s something that you will never forget. Everyone tells me that as time goes by it tends to get easier, but I still have to find that out. One good thing is that we both have children to get us through this time. Matt if you ever want to talk just call me.

    Your Friend & Fellow Umpire

    Jerry Krebs

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