The following was excerpted from emails sent to volunteers for Amahoro House, a hospice for the homeless, by Angela Lee, RN, a project volunteer.
Melanie Curry—known on the streets as Pixie Unicorn—passed away this week on the streets of Olympia.
She was well loved by our friends at the shelter, the shelter staff, and the EGYHOP team.
As our team has become the grief support for those living on the street and in the shelter, we have been asked to create a memorial for Pixie. Meg Martin will facilitate. [Pixie] was young, beautiful and very much loved. I have downloaded much of her art and writings and will incorporate those in a graffiti style memorial.
She will not be forgotten, and she will not have her life ended without being memorialized.
Keep Pixie and the street community in your thoughts.
(sent August 9th, 2017)
The memorial itself was moving, many tears. The most poignant thing said to me came from a younger man, tears in his eyes: “hey—thank you for offering this memorial for us, we don’t often get to say goodbye to one of our friends when they die on the streets, they’re just gone, you know? and we are the forgotten ones. So thank you, this matters, she mattered.”
(sent August 27, 2017)