Melanie went home to be with the Lord Nov. 1, 2012. Born in Columbus, Ohio, later moving to Sarasota, Fla., she met Steve DuToit 25 and half years ago, they celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on Oct. 21. Melanie worked as a dental hygienist in the early 80's; she then felt called to return to college, participating in the Ringling School of art Botanical Art Program winning awards for her work. Melanie returned to school again, achieving her master's degree in counseling. This was a perfect combination for her sweet and gentle spirit, as she loved helping people. Melanie used her gifts to work at Charis Center as a counselor for 14 years, continuing to pursue her passion for art. Her art will continue to be enjoyed, as well as memories of her special laugh, smile and sweet spirit remembered by family and friends blessed to know her.