Surrounded by her loving family, Melissa Dale Bishop was called home May 27, 2019, following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Nov. 10, 1967, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Melissa is predeceased by her father Chester Julian, and is survived by her mother Beverly Arcos and stepfather Doug Arcos. She was the adored only sister of brothers Robert and Patrick Julian, and beloved family member and friend of so many more.

Melissa attended Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Maryland, and studied at Montgomery College. She met the love of her life Larry Bishop 37 years ago, and they were married on May 19, 1990. Melissa was a devoted mother to her two children who were her best friends. Her son Jonathan Cody Bishop and her daughter Courtney Burns were her pride and joy. Her love extended to her children’s spouses, Liz, wife of Jonathan, and Kyle, husband of Courtney.

Melissa was a faithful member of Freedom Valley Church in Gettysburg, and a cherished employee and longtime volunteer of East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in Fairfield for over 21 years, where she met Suzanne Murray, the person she would come to call her sister. Every being Melissa touched, two-legged and four, was left healthier, happier, and most of all feeling loved. Her entire life revolved around making this world a better place, and those lucky enough to know her were truly blessed. This kind, gentle, and selfless woman created bonds so strong and positively impacted so many that her memory will live on forever.

Please join us in celebrating Melissa’s inspirational life June 15 at 11 a.m. in Gettysburg at Freedom Valley Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Melissa’s favorite organization, East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue, or to any cause to continue Melissa’s legacy of love.

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