Melissa Michele (Petty) Lindhorst, 45, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, June 26, 2021. A "Come and Go" reception for family and friends will be held from 4-6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Melissa will be laid to rest at Fairlawn Cemetery at a later date.
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Her “wonderfully weird” spirit is carried on by her devoted husband of 17 years, Richard Lindhorst, her parents, Bruce and Bonnie Petty (of Stillwater), and her brother Brian Petty and his husband Chris Leedy (of Atlanta), as well as an extended family of friends from all walks of life.
A graduate of Stillwater High School, Melissa worked with the CIS/IT team at Oklahoma State for 23 years. Her perfect day would be spent watching movies at home with Richard, covered by her beloved dogs, Buddy and Bear. Despite her sentimental nature (Richard called her “Gushy Girl”), she was surprisingly tenacious. She completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Phoenix while working full-time at OSU, an accomplishment of which she was very proud. She was tough even as a child, when she had her baby teeth pulled at the dentist and then immediately afterward, threw the Stillwater News-Press on her paper route while her dad drove the truck around the neighborhood. She loved animals of all kinds (except murder hornets), and was a longtime supporter of the Humane Society.
She loved sitting on the porch with her dad, eating mom’s potato salad, and getting a good manicure, usually with purple polish to match the highlights in her hair. She loved Dr. Who, Key West, Jimmy Buffett, and Meatloaf (the singer, not the food). She loved giggling with her brother on the phone, German cooking, funny t-shirts, Payne County Pride, Marvel comics, sloths, watching dogs jump into big piles of leaves, and people dressed in inflatable dinosaur costumes. She was fiercely loyal, intensely kind, and generous to a fault. And while we may think that our world isn’t as bright without her in it, she would beg to differ, reminding us to always see the laughter and absurdity in all things (especially ourselves).
If you think Melissa would have been a great person to know, you’d be right. Melissa would like all of us to honor her memory by adopting a rescue dog, playing a harmless prank on an unsuspecting co-worker, and toasting her with a glass of Maker’s Mark (neat). “Pics or it didn’t happen.”
In lieu of flowers, our family asks that you make a donation in her name to the Humane Society or the Human Rights Campaign.