Melinda Lichter Elliott, 56, passed away October 30, 2011, in Lake Monticello, Virginia after an extended battle with breast cancer. She was born Melinda Gale Lichter, the third of four daughters, on April 1, 1955, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to William S. Lichter, MD and Lillian Gottlieb Lichter Jacobson. After graduating with a BA from University of Arizona, Melinda volunteered for several years at Innisfree Village, a community for mentally challenged adults in Crozet, Virginia. She received her Masters in Anthropology from the University of Virginia, She married Leo Hamilton Elliott who preceded her in death. She became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and worked in various hospitals and nursing homes in Virginia and Florida. In addition she was the director of the former Academy of Re-Remembering, a therapeutic arts and living foods program in Ivy, Va. She is survived by two sons, Krishna Meister and Forrest Elliott, stepdaughter, Hannah Elliott, sisters Shelly Benjamin (David), Wendy Lichter and Amy Harrington, stepbrother, Peter Jacobson, as well as grandson, Kyle Meister, and nieces, nephews, extended family, and a wealth of friends. A memorial service was held at Teague Funeral Home,Charlottesville, Virginia.