Melissa Elsa Sanchez

Aug 1, 1987 - Jul 28, 2021


We are heartbroken to announce that on July 28, 2021, Melissa Elsa Sanchez passed away at the age of 33. Survived by her parents – Ted and Leonora Sanchez, two brothers – Theodore (Samantha) Sanchez, Joseph Sanchez, her two true loves, her world, Theodore Sanchez III (nephew) and Natalie Melissa Sanchez (niece), Grandparents Moses and Elsie Sanchez, Pablo and Maria Calderón, and many great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Melissa started working in the grocery business in 2004 at Vic’s IGA Market in South Land Park. She then went to work for Bel Air #596 where she started as a bagger. She worked as a cashier, in customer service, and as a bookkeeper. She attended Sacramento City College part time and received her Associate in Arts in Administration of Justice on August 5, 2011.

Melissa liked to go see her SF Giants baseball team play and went to many of the games. She cherished spending time with the family. Diagnosed with lupus at a young age, she had to battle illness and was a true warrior. To others, she is a true inspiration. The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.

Everyone is welcome to join on on Friday, August 6th, 2021 at 2:00p.m. at East Lawn Mortuary in South Sacramento located at 3939 Fruitridge Road Sacramento, CA 95820


  • April says:

    Missa Love
    You are and always will be my Best Friend/Sister. Thank you for showing me what a true friend is and what a warrior looks like not a day will pass that you won’t be on my mind or in my heart I will cherish every memory we have had from not dressing in pe class to all the dances and lunches in school. I will miss our movie night and Disneyland trips. You made a great impact on myself and family . Until we meet again my love

  • Rosalie and Garrick Vasquez says:

    Mami Guerra,Whitegirl, Missy,Malicha,.
    I can go on with the nicknames..mi reina..tia bones and tio Garrick are heart broken but know that you are rejoicing in heaven we know you are at peace.. you will always have a part of us as we do of you… may you rest in peace Missy..

  • Rocky Cardoso says:

    Melissa you will be missed so much ! I have so many awesome memories of us as kids that’ll always be in my heart!! You were a true warrior and now your resting and feel no more pain !! I know Ama n apa and marina are super happy to see you n you know tío paul he’s gonna be kidding around with you having fun!! Rip Melissa till I see you again in heaven

  • Betty Valle Lerwill says:

    My heart breaks at the loss of your beautiful Melissa. Please find hope in the memories you all have. Her family in Heaven must be rejoicing in her presence. God bless you.

  • Familia calderon says:

    Missy you will be miss but we know heave has win a beautiful amazing angel out there and we know grandma and grandpa and father-in-law are welcoming you with open hands watch over us we love u and we will miss you

  • Ann says:


    I will never forget the day we met. We both were new to the school & needed a friend. You were my first friend & showed me what a true friendship was. You were truly an angel on earth. Thank you so much for the memories. I will forever be team JT & NSYNC

  • Genesis Montes says:

    Missy I miss you dearly, still can’t believe I won’t be seeing you whenever I go to the grocery store and having our little talks. There will never be another you. Love you!

  • Sophia LePage says:

    Missy! I love you! I pray you are at peace. Please know how loved, adored, and admired you were by everyone ❤

  • Melissa Chavarria says:

    Missy, I still can’t believe the news. We met when I was 16 and started working at bel air together. You were always so happy. Even if customers made her upset, you could never tell. Missy was a happy spirit and ill miss our conversations about the tv shows we loved watching. It was a pleasure to know such a sweet sweet girl. I know shes watching her giants games and sitting front row to a JT concert right now. Rest in peace missy. Love you girl.

  • Samantha says:

    Missy you will be missed by us. I love you and so does your niece and nephew. You are on my mind this morning. I’m going to miss your funny outburst and movie scripts you shout out for no reason. You have been a blessing in our lives. Your spirit will forever be alive in my house!!!

  • Gina Cruz-Kekahuna says:

    There are No Words but Please know that My Heart Hurts with You and for You. May Your Memories Help when the Days are Unbearable and May Your Baby Girl Rest in Mucho Amor.

    You know I’m Here for You. Por Vida.
    Aloha & Blessings…Gina & Familia

  • Erica Wong says:

    U were a truly amazing woman and always took what life threw at u with a great attitude!! so many people did not know even a tidbit of your lupus struggle. It didn’t keep you down though. You had your days and would power through it like a champ. U are truly missed and that smile will remain in our hearts forever❤️love u and miss u!!

  • Erin and Raymond Pico says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all who dearly loved Missy. She had the best smile and a kind heart, so grateful she and Ann (Herle) met so long ago and became instant friends. What a blessing!

  • Leeann Warren says:

    Missy my Boo Boo. Where do I begin to start with out crying. Thank u for being my best friend/sister. I think about u all the time. Words cannot express how much I love you. I miss seeing u almost every day and calling u 5 times a day. I am so lost with out u.. I will always cherish our friendship and the bond that we have . U will always be in my heart. I promise to always keep your memory alive no matter what. U our my hero. I love u boo boo till me meet again👩🏼‍🤝‍👩🏽💖🙏🏻

  • Leonora Calderon says:

    Dear Missy…
    One thing we ask of you is that you don’t forget about us in your dreams. As we will never forget about you, my daughter. We will forever have you in our thoughts, dreams, and in our everyday routine. Boy and Natty will know of you through our stories and pictures that they see themselves in with you. We will continue to talk to them as you are here with us, in present time. I know you were given wings as a chosen one. I tell you this as I feel this is our way of communicating now. Rest In Peace Mija and lay your mind to rest. We will be okay and Your brothers and dad will forever carry their baby sister snd Lil girl in their hearts. Until our journey… be free and happy. 💕💕

  • Alex Vuittonet says:

    Today was a beautiful turn out for a beautiful family. I love the Sanchez family like my own. And Melissa will forever be missed.

  • Sara and Mike McClure says:

    Reflecting on yesterday… Missy’s ceremony was beautiful, surrounded by so many lovely friends and wonderful family members who love and cherish her. Melissa will be forever in our hearts.

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