Melinda and Trish Hooper were sisters that were so close, they were practically twins. Melinda had just turned two years old when her Sissy came into this world, but she gained her best friend that day. They loved being together, proven by the pictures taken just two weeks ago when Melinda went to visit Trish. They took the train to NYC to see one of their favorite bands. Being that they were both active athletes, they signed up to do a Tough Mudder just for fun that weekend and then spent some time at the beach.
They have been there for each other through thick and thin through some of the worst times together; their parents divorcing, having the extremely painfully task of burying their mother barely after they had graduated high school, and then a few years later, their father passed away. While they had extended family who were there for them, there was nothing ever left to these girls; so they persevered, survived and made it all work, together. It made them the fiercely independent, strong women that we all know.
Trish was into CrossFit, Ultra Running, and training for her first MMA fight. Melinda also very involved in the Ultra Running community now plans to use this shared passion to honor Trish. The pair had been planning to run the Wildcat 100k together this year in preparation for an amazing challenge in 2018, Leadville Trail 100. Trish had received a token for Leadville and chosen the 2018 race date, with hopes that Melinda would also be able to qualify. Now, Melinda’s hope is to be able to run the race in Trish honor – her personal tribute to her sister. While we are hoping the race director will help with granting Trish’s token entry to Melinda, there will still be many costs incurred to do this.
While Melinda has aunts, cousins, and friends to supports her with love and her job at the Water District has been extremely understanding, she will need more than that to be able to get through this time. The costs that Melinda will incur to handle everything for Trish will be overwhelming: burial expenses, legal expenses associated with there not being a will and handling any liabilities Trish had, as well as care for rehoming the cats together to a family that will love them as Trish had, etc…
While a celebration of life is still to be planned in the future, Melinda’s main goal is to honor her sister at Leadville. However, she is also wanting to do small ceremonies with Trish’s friends in both Shreveport and Stamford because the communities in both areas meant so much to Trish. Those details will be released once plans are made.
- Brian Ward
- David Castro
- Lucas Thon
- Kris Waikins
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