Melanie Otto Memorial Fund

$9,933 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 25 months
CO
Craig Otto
on behalf of Judith Bienvenu
 OXON HILL, MD
On Friday, October 28th, 2016, my beautiful sister Melanie Otto passed away from the complications of an aneurysm.

Melanie was a fighter.  She had survived many years of seizures due to an AVM (a cluster of blood vessels in her brain she had been born with) and had just passed her 5-year mark of being cancer-free (having been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011).

Most of all, though, Melanie was a storyteller.  She was an incredibly gifted author who penned several novels, short stories and anime fan fiction and told stories through her gorgeous photography.  Melanie also loved teaching and had a lifelong passion for helping others learn.  In her lifetime, she had taught thousands of students how to master their cameras and take beautiful pictures.

Melanie's warm smile, sense of humor and her distinctive laugh is what we will all remember.  

When Melanie's aneurysm struck on October 19th, she was having a good day chatting with a neighbor, working on some projects, bringing in some apples that had fallen from the tree.  Her last words to me were happy ones, texting me the fun story of how she had saved those apples from the neighborhood crows...

And then she was taken from us.  The bleed into her brain was catastrophic.  All that life and love, humor and talent and wisdom was gone.  She was taken way too soon.

Melanie's partner of 20-years, Judy, and I thank you for any contribution you can make in Melanie's name toward her final expenses.  It would mean the world to us.

And...thank you so much for loving my sister, Melanie Otto.
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Here are a few photos and a video of Melanie giving a photo tip...
Melanie's Photo Tips
Judy & Melanie
Melanie & her beloved cat Claus...
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$9,933 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 25 months
Created November 2, 2016
CO
Craig Otto
on behalf of Judith Bienvenu
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$20
Jessica Madsen
19 months ago

I knew Melanie at Mt. Holyoke and remember her upbeat and positive attitude. I'm sorry to hear of her passing.

$85
E David Luria
20 months ago

This is an additional contribution to the fund donated by Washington Photo Safari client Andrea Saunderson of Kansas City KS

CP
$100
Christine Potterjones
22 months ago

Still crying for you.

$100
E David Luria
23 months ago

This is an additional contribution to the fund made by one of Melanie's former clients in the Washington Photo Safari

PO
$50
Pat O'Neill
23 months ago

Judy and Craig, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear Melanie. She always kept SALSA laughing. May happy memories bring you comfort.

$50
Anonymous
23 months ago
$1,000
E David Luria
23 months ago

Here is the balance of contributions received through Washington Photo Safari from former clients of Melanie who loved the instruction they received from her.

LP

Linda and I could never repay all the kindness that Melanie shared with us. We miss her and our thoughts are with Judy and their family and friends.

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