Melissa was born in Mineola, New York to Patricia Keefe and Michael McHenry and had an older brother - Michael.
Melissa joined Girl Scouts in kindergarten as a Daisy and received her Gold Award in April 2015. Melissa’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Advocating for Veterans, combined her love of art and her desire to give back to veterans. Knowing that a fire had destroyed much of the interior of a local VFW Post, Melissa wanted to fill the walls with artwork full of American pride. She spent time interviewing and working with veterans to learn about the different branches of the armed forces and the service some of the veterans provided for the nation. She also developed an educational component to her art project to help inform others about her project and the veterans’ contribution.
On May 9, 2016, Melissa died suddenly at her home in Lynbrook, New York just after she finished her first year of college at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at the age of 18.