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Melissa Dawn Bettencourt

News Letter Journal of Newcastle, Wyoming

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Feb. 13, 1973-Oct. 26, 2015

A bright and shining light went out with the passing of our beautiful girl Melissa Dawn Bettencourt on October 26, 2015. It was cancer that took her life and after a long, courageous battle she passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

She was born to Mike and Paula Skinner on February 13, 1973 at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. In 1975 the family moved to Newcastle, WY. Newcastle is where Melissa spent a great majority of her childhood but she would also go on to live in Tampa, FL, Grand Island, NE and finally Huntington Beach, CA where she completed her public schooling. It was also in California that she gave birth to her only child and the greatest love of her life, Ian Michael Skinner, in 1994. In August of 1995 Melissa returned to Wyoming and attended Casper College where she earned a degree in nursing.

In 2000, she relocated to Rapid City, SD and embarked on a life-long career as a labor and delivery nurse for the Rapid City Regional Hospital. The love and passion she had for her work was known by all who knew her. In 2002 Melissa married her husband, Jude Bettencourt, in Las Vegas, NV.

Among Melissa's many passions was her love of cooking and baking. Chocolate being her favorite ingredient. She also enjoyed camping and boating throughout the Black Hills. She never missed an opportunity to soak up the sun or to be on the water. She loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, music, dancing, and her little white dog Pearl. Melissa was a loving, generous, and tenderhearted soul. She was quick to laugh and to cry, sometimes both at the same time. She loved those close to her fiercely and was a loyal friend. She had an infectious "go for it" attitude and her love of life was unparalleled.

Melissa left us much too soon but her memory will live on in all the hearts who knew and loved her.

She is survived in death by her husband, Jude Bettencourt of Rapid City, SD, her son, Ian Skinner of Rapid City, SD, her father, Michael Skinner of Gillette, WY, her mother, Paula Armold of Newcastle, WY, her sister, Stephanie Skinner of Lewisville, TX, her maternal grandparents, Clark and Madelean Armold of Lewisville, TX, three uncles, Patrick Skinner, Bruce Armold, and Mark Armold, one Aunt, Karla Skinner, and several cousins.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Leo and Elizabeth Skinner of Newcastle, WY and one uncle, Austin Armold.

A memorial service will be held, Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, in the Lincoln Room, 2111 N. Lacrosse Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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