Melissa Briscoe
Melissa Emily Briscoe, 44, of Arlington, Tx passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 8, 2015. A viewing will be held Tuesday evening January 13 from 6:00-8:00pm. Her Memorial Service will be Wednesday January 14 at 4:30. Both will be at Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington. In lieu of flowers it is suggested a contribution to the gofundme “Support Melissa” or a donation to the Colon Cancer Alliance. Melissa was born in Bloomington, Indiana on April 30, 1970 as the second of four children to Carol and Gerald Koziolek. She and her family arrived in Arlington, Texas in the fall of 1970. She attended Hill Elementary, Bailey Junior High, and Arlington High where she graduated from in 1988. She received her Bachelors of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin University in 1992. Her religious beliefs were formed at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. Growing up Melissa was an aggressive, competitive athlete receiving many awards in soccer, softball and volleyball including the Lynda Bradham Memorial Scholarship for volleyball when she was a high school senior. Her goal from the time she was a little girl was to be a teacher. She reached her goal when she began teaching at Johns Elementary in the Arlington ISD in 1993. Her excellence in teaching was recognized by receiving the 2009 Optimist Teacher of the Year, 2010 AWARE Nominee, 2013 Masonic Teacher of Merit, 2014 Johns Teacher of the Year, and 2014 Kiwanis AISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. She also was a devoted mother to her children Zachary, Emily, Dylan and their brother Garrett. She will be sorely missed by many whose lives she touched. Melissa was predeceased by her grandparents Lee V. and Betty Smith, Frank and Emily Koziolek, and all her paternal aunts and uncle. Melissa is survived by her parents Carol and Gerald, her children Zachary, Emily, Dylan and stepson Garrett, brothers Matthew (Susan) and Philip, sister Nan Ross (Kyle), Aunt Sarah Sovine (Wayne), Uncle David Smith (Rita), nieces and nephews Andrea, Zach, Sullivan and Delaney, and many cousins and a host of friends.

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  1. Melissa was a great friend and sorority sister. I was fortunate enough to a part of ZTA at SFA with Melissa. She was a wonderful person with the biggest heart. She will be missed by so many. I know she is smiling down on everyone. I am glad she is in no more pain. God Bless her and her family.

  2. Our sincere condolences go out to the Briscoe family during this time of sadness and loss of such a special person. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

    Bob, Daniellle, Robbie, and Bailey McDonald

  3. Uncle Butch, Aunt Carol, Matt, Philip and Nan.
    I’m not very good at this stuff, but I know this world is a better place because of Melissa. We grieve her passing, but more importantly celebrate Melissa’s life and the people and children she has touched.
    Our deepest condolences. Bro, Terri, Emily, Lindsay and Charissa.

  4. Zach, Emily, Dylan and Garret; we are all so very sorry for the loss of your mom, she was a wonderful person who did not deserve to leave so soon, you kids did not deserve to loose her so soon. For her, please always keep up with each other. There will always be friends,but your family will always be there. Make the effort through your lives to see each other and your future families. Your mom would want to know that. Love your grandparents as well, they lost their baby, no one wants to see their child pass before them. God bless your mom and you all.

  5. We know there isn’t much we can say or do to ease the pain you feel right now, but our hearts are with you. Melissa was such a kind and happy person, and she will live on in the hearts of all the people that knew her. Our deepest sympathy and love to you and yours, Touma Family

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Melissa’s friends and family. May you find peace and comfort in the many memories you shared with her. To her children know that a mother’s love is unending and unyielding. Honor your mom by continuing to seek happiness and success in your life.

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