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DENVER, Colo. — Melissa J. Bixby Thornberg, 64, passed away on Sept. 2, 2017, at Holly Heights Adult Care in Denver, Colo. Born in Salamanca, N.Y., on Oct. 1, 1952, she was a daughter of Howard and Eleanor Remington Bixby. She grew up in Ellicottville, attending Ellicottville Central School where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. She went on to attend SUNY Geneseo, earning her bachelor's degree in English. While working on her master's degree at the University of Denver, she met and married Ernest A. Thornberg in January 1975. When their studies were complete, they moved to California, his home state. After several years as a librarian in various parts of California, she worked as a manager in the insurance industry, developing and testing annuity plans and worked as an independent consultant in that field for a time. When her consultant work finished, she worked in the user testing area of Citi Bank, until her retirement due to illness in 2015. Melissa lived in California, predominately the Sacramento area, from 1975 until April 2017 when she moved to Denver to be with her daughter. Melissa is survived by her daughter, Jennifer R. Thornberg of Denver; sisters Pamela S. (Thomas) Simsick, Laurel A. (Bradley) Steffen and Joni J. (Robert) Simcick; nephews Thomas (Becky) Simsick Jr. and Jacob Steffen; and several cousins and friends, including her ex-husband Ernest. Melissa was predeceased by her parents; her maternal and paternal grandparents; several aunts and uncles; and a nephew, Jarod Simcick. A public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at Mentley Funeral Home in Little Valley. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Ellicottville to follow. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Memorial Service:
Mentley Funeral Home Inc.
411 Rock City Little Valley, NY
Memorial service from Mentley Funeral Home Inc. will be held Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1 PM. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Ellicottville.


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