Remembering Melissa

1981 - 2016

Melissa Bebout-Schmitz


As family and friends mourn her loss, pieces of Melissa Bebout-Schmitz’s memory remain scattered across the community she loved. Skeins of yarn tucked carefully away at downtown Goshen’s Reverie Yarn and Gift Shop. But above all, lives an endless stream of memories and joy that she brought to the children, teenagers and adults she served. “She was just totally passionate about it,” Jennifer Bebout said Friday of her daughter’s passion for helping others. “Her work with children and teenagers came before anything else.”


Melissa died early in the morning June 3 after a five-year battle with stage 4 breast cancer. She was 34. Melissa worked as an English and French teacher at the Goshen High School for nearly 10 years, serving hundreds of students each year. She spent hours building relationships with the group of students, helping them with homework and making sure they took care of missing assignments. “She helped them make goals for themselves and was there for them ready to help with anything they needed,” Caskey said. “She loved her students and she loved teaching.”


Remembered by her friends and former co-workers as a kind and caring person, Melissa was always learning about interesting things and sharing them with loved ones or anyone in need of a smile. “Her smile and personality was wonderful,” described Reverie Yarn and Gift Shop employee Denise Devereux. “She could sense immediately if you were having a bad day and within minutes she had you smiling and laughing.”