July 18, 1952 ~ May 15, 2020

Born in: Rochester, Minnesota
Resided in: Littleton, Colorado

A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Melanie transitioned Friday, May 15, 2020, while at home surrounded by her loving family.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Ruben Urquijo and his wife Crystal Urquijo.

She leaves behind many precious memories for her family, which include her husband, Robert Kibble, her daughter Petina Urquijo, step-sons: Jamey Kibble and wife Shannon, Daniel Kibble and wife Melissa, Jonathan Kibble and wife Anna, and grandchildren: Marcus, Xavier, Dominic, Mason, Caleb, Tanner, Leah, Parker, Alex, Jake, Jayden and Quinn.  She is survived by three sisters, two brothers, and many nieces and nephews.

Melanie’s generous, loving nature led her to a career in property management in the nonprofit sector. She was a vice president at Mercy Housing Management Group, which is a national nonprofit organization working to alleviate poverty and redefine low income housing. She served a term as president for both the Rocky Mountain Affordable Housing Management Association and the Apartment Association of Denver.  She was also on the board for the National Affordable Housing Management Association.

Melanie had a great love for music, and she had a beautiful singing voice.  For nearly forty years, she sang in church choirs and for the past thirty years she was part of the Soundz Familiar performance group specializing in the music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  She also features on several tracks of the 1990 album Taste the Fire.

Melanie’s greatest love was camping and boating with her family and friends.  She leaves behind a legacy of beautiful memories for her loved ones to cherish.

No memorial services are currently scheduled at this time.   To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can make a donation, a tribute gift in Melanie’s name, to Ronald McDonald House of Denver with notification to Petina Urquijo at this website:  https://rmhc-denver.org/donate/

Horan & McConaty Funeral Service, Centennial

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  1. Melanie and I worked together for 12 years. I learned so much from her during our time at Mercy Housing. She was highly regarded executive and friend and I so enjoyed our friendship the last few years. I will miss her laugh and smile and I know she’s leading the choir of angels in heaven in perfect harmony. My condolences to all her family and friends.

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  2. I cannot begin to express my sorrow for the loss of Melanie. We worked together for about 20 years at Urban, Inc. and Mercy Housing. We traveled for business, but it was more than that. We had a bond, love, friendship and respect for each other. Fly high, Mel.

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  3. Melanie will be sorely missed you so many. I know the world will be a bit dimmer now without her light. I worked with Melanie for many years with Urban and Mercy Housing. I’ve always been in awe of her polished, professional way and her mighty confidence. She was my mentor. God speed, my friend. RIP

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  4. My mentor, my role model, a strong woman that I looked up to! She was my boss but most of all my friend. She taught me discipline, compassion and that there are no excuses in work nor in life in general. I loved her for that! I am in disbelief that she is gone. You will always be in my heart Melanie. I know you are our angel right now singing from heaven.
    My deepest condolences to the family.

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  5. Thank you for your kindness and for opening your home to my family for so many years on Holidays and special events. You were an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear the world has lost Melanie. I worked with her while she was with Urban and Mercy. I will always remember her laugh, her smile and her search for the perfect Christmas experiences for her grandchildren. No excuses when things went astray….her response, “I’ll take care of it” and she always did. RIP, Melanie, and raise your beautiful voice in heaven.

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  7. Melanie was a mentor to so many of us, but she was so much more to most of us!
    I feel blessed to have had her in my life for so many years! I have a lot of fun, happy memories,
    Her family was her world and I loved that about her! She will forever be in my heart!

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  8. I work with Melanie at Mercy housing in Denver many years ago and remember her as a dedicated individual who loved what she did everyday. RIP Melody, my deepest condolences to your family and friends.

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  9. Many hearts will be left with a piece missing without Melanie. She provided so much love and creativity and welcomed everyone with open arms. Our children got to experience the most amazing adventures with Papa and Grammy. We love and miss you Melanie!!

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  10. Although I never met Melanie I know how much her family loved her and how much she meant to them. She made a difference in their lives and will be missed. Deepest condolences to all of her family and friends.

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  11. We will hold you in our hearts forever. All our memories of you start and end with a smile. Much love into your next expression of greatness! ❤️❤️
    John and Annette Nelson

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  12. My heart hurts for the family and friends if Melanie. She was one of the kindest, loving and caring people I have ever met. I loved her warm amazing smile and it was always a pleasure to see her camping or at work. I will always remember Melanie with love.

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  13. Melanie was an inspiration to me. She was a wonderful example of how to live in the moment with a loving, forgiving, welcoming heart. She was fun. She had the most beautiful voice – really, the most beautiful. We will miss her very much.
    With our most sincere sympathy,
    Donna and Jeff Oliver

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  14. Please accept my sincere condolences. I worked with Melanie at Mercy Housing. I always enjoyed hearing her stories about her camping trips and excursions with her children and grandchildren. I pray that she is at peace and that her family will be comforted during this extremely difficult time.

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  15. Are there any words that can mend our broken hearts after losing someone so dear to us? We can’t imagine what’s in yours during this time. However, we know your compassion, love of God, life and His creations. Realize God’s power over death and your sister is resting peacefully in His arms. God has a plan for each of us. Put your burdens on Him and you will find peace and comfort. Your family will be in our thoughts and we’ll continue to pray in your/their behalf for His Grace to heal your tender hearts.
    Your friends,
    Bob and Vicki Webb

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  16. I worked with Melanie when she served the Board of Affordable Housing Management Association. She was an amazing force of determination, wit and vibrancy. Her laughter and energy were infectious and she enlivened every gathering with her creativity and enthusiasm. I am glad to have known her and work with her. I am sorry for her loss to her family, friends and many organizations she touched.

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  17. On behalf of NAHMA members and staff, we share our deepest sympathies to the family of Melanie Kibble. Melanie was an exceptional leader in all that she did, as well as a kind and thoughtful friend and colleague to all she met. She will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Kris Cook, Executive Director, NAHMA

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  18. May Aunt Melanie Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you Petina and the boys.
    “To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die.” (from Peter’s marker)

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  19. Melanie was the Apartment Association Search Committee Chairperson when I was hired at AAMD 20+ years ago, clearly instrumental in the direction of my career and life. She served so many roles at AAMD including serving as President 2002-2003. She was an extremely thoughtful, decisive and tough leader… but such a compassionate caring person. Melanie had a way to deliver a compliment to someone that was life-changing! She touched many lives, and without a doubt she had a major positive influence on mine…

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