Melissa Ann Vodovar Wofford

May 22, 1979 - January 27, 2016
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“A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend.” Melissa Ann (Vodovar) Wofford, 36, of Conroe, formerly of Santa Fe, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 27, 2016. She was born May 22, 1979, in Galveston, TX and grew up in Santa Fe and graduated from Santa Fe High School with the Class of 1997. Melissa received both her Bachelor’s Degree (2000) and Master’s Degree (2003) from Sam Houston State University and spent most of her career as a criminal analyst with the US Marshall’s Service. Melissa had recently become employed with the Houston Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit. Melissa was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and a lover of travel, cooking, and kick-boxing. One of her favorite activities was taking selfies at sunset – or anywhere else. She was also a collector of anything Mickey or Minnie Mouse. Melissa will be remembered as a donor of life, time, and love. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Ann Rose Slatter; infant son, Cordell Wofford; and her father, Bobby Vodovar. Melissa is survived by her mother, Marilyn Vodovar; life partner, Mark Cervantes and his son, Adam; lifelong best friend (SIS), Heather Lane, and husband, Tim; sisters, K’Ellen Dezern, Taya Macon and husband, Tim, and Jenny Wright and husband, Doug; aunt and uncle, Robert and Ann Krivokopich; cousins, Erik and Nick Krivokopich; former husband, Brian Wofford; former sister-in-law, Marilyn Sealy; extended family “sister,” Nikki Jarvis; her beloved pets, Shyne and Radar; several nieces and nephews; numerous other family members and friends. Melissa’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, February 2nd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday, February 3rd, at Arcadia Baptist Church, 14828 Highway 6, Santa Fe, TX, with Doctor Rick Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock. Pallbearers will be Tim Lane, Tim “LT” Lane, Steven Thomas, Marshall Paysse, Kim Gordon, and Donald Mora. Please visit to send condolences to the family or to sign the guestbook.

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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Time: 1:00 pm

Arcadia Baptist Church


14828 Texas 6, Santa Fe, TE,

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Born: May 22, 1979
Died: January 27, 2016

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Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin posted on 11/30/-1

We would like to express our sincere sorry of the loss of your loved one Melissa Ann Vodovar Wofford. May " The God of all comfort" comfort the family during this time. 2 Corinthians 1:4


Kim F posted on 11/30/-1

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I only had the opportunity to work with Melissa for a few months, but in those few months, she was such a blessing to me. I felt like we complimented each other and worked well together. She was focused, determined, and wouldn't give up on searching for someone. I also looked forward to Monday morning football discussions. I'm going to miss her daily assistance and analyzing the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks! May she rest in peace and God Bless you all!


Dawana Snow posted on 11/30/-1

Melissa, You will be missed. It's so hard to believe that you are gone. I know I have an angel watching over me. Love you. Dawana


Jamie Willams posted on 11/30/-1

Mrs Marilyn, Mark and and all of Melissa's family; I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was always a wonderful friend, and a dear confidante. I feel blessed to be able to call her friend. I know she is in heaven with Mr Bobby and Cordell. She always was her daddy's girl. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers


Kem Kyle posted on 11/30/-1

Melissa, my SHSU-LAE BIG, was always a hard worker, kind-hearted and had the best smile! May God embrace and comfort her family during this sad time.


Mark Cervantes posted on 11/30/-1

To my love I know your in a better place Now I love you with everything I have. Your with me alway and forever untill me meet again love alway..


Eric Lowery posted on 11/30/-1

Melissa, I can't tell you how much of a pleasure it was knowing and working with you. I can't believe you're gone. I had so much fun surprising Mark with the house we picked out for him and loved seeing all the updates you were so proud to show me. You were a shining personality and I know you'll be missed by everyone who knew you. Mark, my heart is broken for you. Please know you're in my thoughts during this difficult time.


Alice Hodges Whistler posted on 11/30/-1

Marilyn, I am so sorry for your lose. I pray that you take comfort in knowing that Melissa is resting in peace with our Lord and in the presence of Bobby. Praying for you my friend..


Alice Hodges Whistler posted on 11/30/-1

Marilyn, I am so sorry for your lose. I pray that you take comfort in knowing that Melissa is resting in peace with our Lord and in the presence of Bobby. Praying for you my friend..


NaTisha Dowell Higdon posted on 11/30/-1

RIP Cuz. Your were called home way too soon! GBNF


Nadia Grieb posted on 11/30/-1

My sincere thoughts and prayers to all of Melissa's family and friends..over 20 plus years ago I was blessed with her smile and personality that instantly bonded us as friends. Thru it all until just a few days before her passing we laughed and cried together about everything.. An inspiration to us all,her smile and advice will carry me till we meet again. RIP my dear I will forever love you and cherish all our good and bad times..your now my shining star..


Steve & Linda Thomas posted on 11/30/-1

Steven thought so much of Melissa. She will be missed. Our deepest sympathy. Steven's parents.


Mrs. K. Jackson posted on 11/30/-1

May the God of peace and understanding give the family comfort during this difficult time. Losing a child is one of the most difficult experiences. But in time the pain will lessen and the pleasant memories will get stronger.


Melody Rygaard Smith posted on 11/30/-1

For my old & dear friend Marilyn and all of Melissa's family...Please know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. In this time of terrible sorrow may God Grant you His peace & comfort. Sleep in Heavenly peace Melissa.


Princella posted on 11/30/-1

So ,sorry for your lost Mae God Bless you all at this time ,


Regina Blackburn posted on 11/30/-1

My prayers are with your family. It has been a few years since Melissa was in our office in Houston, but I can tell you that Melissa was genuinely one of the nicest, young ladies that I have known. She will truly be missed.


Gilbert Gonzalez posted on 11/30/-1

One of the nicest people I have met, she was awesome on all levels. She will be missed.


Diana E. Oviedo posted on 11/30/-1

Melissa, you will forever remain in my heart and you will always be truly missed. Such a wonderful, kind angel.


Suzzanne Gust Thomason and Bob Thomason posted on 11/30/-1

Marilyn so sorry to hear of your loss. May God Bless you and keep your family close in this time of sorrow.


Heather Lane posted on 11/30/-1

My dear sweet little sister, I am going to miss the times we shared, the laughs we had, the girl talks, the silliness, the fun, the ups and downs and how we were there to pick each other up when we fell. I am going to miss your beautiful smile, your kind loving heart, your willingness to help others and not expect anything in return, my confidant, my partner in crime, the person who has always been there for me, the one who could finish my sentences. Most off all I am going to miss you and the special bond we shared. There will never be anyone as special as you. I love you sis.


Tina Peacock posted on 11/30/-1

In working with Melissa over the past 5 months, I always enjoyed and looked forward to our exchanges and interactions. My day was always a little better after talking to Melissa because of her positive energy she so freely shared. She always had a smile and an eagerness to help. Also, I was always impressed with how fast she learned difficult tasks and how smart she was! In her short time with Special Victims, she made an impact both personally and professionally and she will be missed. God Bless you Melissa and God Bless your family.


Stella Lewis posted on 11/30/-1

Melissa was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed. I knew her for a short time but in that time she and I shared many laughs. The memory of her kindness will forever be remembered.


JF Smith posted on 11/30/-1

What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us. My prayers are with you! God Bless.


Marilyn Vodovat posted on 11/30/-1

My sweet and loving child, I hated having to bury you today. You were such a joy and a blessing and I couldn't have asked for a better daughter. I'm going to miss the times we shared but will always hold those memories near. Please know I love you bunches Always and forever Mom


Erik & Amber Krivokopich posted on 11/30/-1

Melissa, it is such an honor to be here with the family. As I sit here with all your closest loved ones, I realized how special of a woman you were. The lives you touched is remarkable and I only wish we could have had more time to build a deeper relationship. You are and will always be a beauty. I am so glad to know your with God and your precious children. - Amber Krivokopich Melissa- the guilt of not having a closer relationship with you has hit me pretty hard. I cannot put into words how much your incredible smile will be missed and how proud you made me to say you were my cousin. It was amazing to see how many people were as effected by your life as I was. You are in a better place and I know this was part of the lords plan. It doesn't make it easy to understand but it does make me happy to know that you are in a better place than anyone on this earth. I love you and will miss you dearly. Love always, your cousin, Erik


Aunt Ann, Uncle Bob & Cousin Nick posted on 11/30/-1

Dear Melissa, you are greatly loved and will be dearly missed by your family. You were a wonderful and beautiful young lady. I'm sorry that we moved to Silverdale. I wish we could have spent our lives in Texas so that we could have spent the greater part of our life with you. I know you are in a better place and are sitting at the hand of God. You are happier than you would have ever been on earth. I know what you are doing. Please tell Grandma, Aunt Ruby, Cordell and your Dad they are missed by everyone. And tell them all they were loved. I realized how much I don't know about you. Your smile was contagious. We love you and we will see you soon. Aunt Ann, Uncle Bob & your cousin Nick.


Nan Bensyl posted on 11/30/-1

Bill said you called late last night after I had gone to bed, he didn't get a number and the caller ID does not show up on our phone. I spent hours trying to locate a number for you and this morning found this very sad news. My heart breaks for you, please call me and if I don't answer PLEASE let a number that I can call you back. Love, Nan


Cathy Doherty posted on 11/30/-1

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.


Alfredo Perez posted on 11/30/-1

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.” ~ Washington Irving


Sabrina Wittwer posted on 11/30/-1

I will miss your beautiful smile and all of the trouble we would get into. I miss you so much and the world is less bright without you however, I know you are finally able to hold Cordell & your Dad again & that you are watching over us all. I love you. When we meet again.


Katie Reiser posted on 11/30/-1

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.


Vivian & Larry Mousseau posted on 11/30/-1

She will be truly missed for she touched so many lives in many different ways. May God Bless