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610 S. Duncan St.
Stillwater, OK 74074
Phone: (405) 372-5550
Fax: (405) 372-5608
Melissa Lindhorst

Melissa Michele Lindhorst

Thursday July 17, 1975 - Saturday June 26, 2021
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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.

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.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 10th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday, July 10th, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Strode Funeral Home Chapel
    610 South Duncan Street
    Stillwater, OK 74074
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 10th, 2021 | 4:00pm
    Saturday, July 10th, 2021 4:00pm


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Melissa touched my life in innumerable ways that it is impossible to do her justice here. She was a profoundly kind and generous person who I am proud to have called my friend for more than 20 years. She could lift you up in any circumstance and make a happy occasion more joyous. Her laughter was infectious and her ability to make you feel special was extraordinary. Devoted to her husband, family, and friends, she was a beacon of love and light. Melissa, I will miss your face, my dearest friend. All my love, Stacey Bridges

Posted at 10:38pm
Bonnie and Bruce i am so so sorry to hear about your devastating loss. I am so glad that Lou sent this in our email. I send much love and thoughts and prayers to you and all your family. You are such special people and though I did not know Melissa I know that that is a loss for me. I have so admired both of you and so glad that I have known you, mainly through all of your hard and dedicated work with Fairlawn. We are blessed by you.

Micki White

Posted at 10:24pm
I debated with myself about posting the pic I did, because it's a little goofy, but that's how and why I love Melissa. That happy, giggly girl who found joy in something as simple as a container of googly eyes. She was the brightest ray of sunshine on any day, especially if you were lucky enough to hear her laugh, and she would do her best to bring you up, no matter how low you were. It didn't matter how sketchy or crappy the person or situation might be, she always saw the mushrooms, never the manure. There's no one like her on this earth, and it will not be the same without her on it. I love and miss this girl beyond measure.

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