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 Melissa A <I>Brittenham</I> Look

Melissa A Brittenham Look

Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida, USA
Death 29 Mar 2004 (aged 37)
Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 100093503 · View Source
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A memorial Mass will be held for Melissa A. Look, beloved wife, joyful mother of five and true friend, at 5 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Cape Coral.

Melissa, who was 37, died March 29 after an inspiring 21-month standoff with breast cancer. She was born May 16, 1966 in Fort Myers.

Her life was dedicated to her family - her husband, soul mate and best friend, Peter J. Look, and their children, Brittney, Peter, Sydney, Hailey and Madysen, who range in age from 17 to 3. They considered Melissa to be the best Mom and spouse God sent to earth.

Melissa's enthusiasm for life and her strong faith in God never faltered even as her cancer spread. She studied medical and holistic treatment options to valiantly improve her health. She extended the time she had with her family long beyond what doctors believed was possible.

Even as she accepted the will of God, her thirst for understanding led her to amazing new experiences, from sitting with Native American Indians under the stars in Arizona to looking deeply into herself at religious retreats. She never stopped broadening her life experiences. Her physical stamina surprised and pleased her family and friends until the last three weeks of her life.

She spent her final days in peaceful farewell to family and friends. Her final earthly act was hugging her children.

Melissa remained at home and became an angel while surrounded by her husband, her mother, Helen Brittenham, and her brother, William Brittenham (FMHS 1982), both of Fort Myers. Her final breaths were released at dawn as she listened to the song 'Somewhere in Time' from her wedding video.

Melissa is also survived by her mother-in-law, Geri Look, father-in-law John Look, and Pete's siblings, Michael Look and Rebecca Look, all of Cape Coral, and Wendy Look of New Jersey.

Faith and love carried this family and their friends through the final triumphs of Melissa's life.

Melissa and her family would like to thank their closest friends for their endless help John and Mary Rose Linden, Margo and Norm Teegardin, Mark and Patty Holmes, Judy King, Pat Joyce, Pat Carey, Bonnie Head, Connie Lummis, Karen Strang, Lee Riley, Kathy Paperalleo, Peg Horan, the St. Andrew Church family and Father Arnold.

Pete would like all those who loved Melissa to know, 'We may not understand why things happen, but God has a reason for everything. Glory be to God forever.'

The Looks were long-time residents of Cape Coral and members of St. Andrew Catholic Church. Melissa invested many volunteer hours with her children at St. Andrew School. She also enjoyed social outings with other families from the school.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to an education scholarship established in Melissa's name at St. Andrew School.


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  • Added: 3 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100093503
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Melissa A Brittenham Look (16 May 1966–29 Mar 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100093503, ; Maintained by Lisa (contributor 46541077) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.