Melia Kennedy Trost, 62, dedicated advocate who modeled a lifestyle of volunteerism and philanthropy

Melia Kennedy Trost
Melia Kennedy Trost

Melia Kennedy Trost, 62, of Virginia Beach, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, from cancer while surrounded by her close family and friends.

Melia was born in Charleston, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Michael and Charlotte Kennedy. She loved and excelled at swimming (breaststroke) and softball. She graduated from Herndon High School (1976) and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Christopher Newport University (2004). She was honored for her service to the community by Women of the Church Women United, received the Volunteer Achievement Award as one of three Senior Volunteer Honorees by Volunteer Hampton Roads (2019) and received the Community Builders Award by the Masonic Lodge (2019).

Melia will be incomprehensibly missed by the many people who loved her. She had a passion for helping people and always greeted everyone with her vivacious smile. Volunteering and helping others was her life’s work and genuine passion.

It is impossible to list the names of the people and organizations she helped in her lifetime. She dedicated many hours to CHKD as a member of Driftwood Circle. She founded the local chapter of Flashes of Hope. She partied with a purpose as a member of the Parrothead Club of Hampton Roads. She was most proud of her work and role as the founding “mother” of Samantha Makes It a Little Easier, a non-profit founded in memory of her youngest daughter Samantha (Sammy Jo) that makes the lives of children with life-threatening conditions a little easier.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Joseph Trost; daughter, Dr. Kristen Trost Mantlo, and her husband, Bryan Mantlo; two sisters, Michele Carlson and Megan Ferguson; as well as aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and two adopted grandsons, Michael and Dean Strohl. She also leaves behind a fantastic group of women, the Farklers, who will carry on her legacy.

A service and celebration of life will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. A memorial service will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Gardens followed by a celebration of life at 1 p.m. in the Rose Hall.

Melia advocated for and modeled a lifestyle of volunteerism and philanthropy. One of her last wishes was that others would do the same; she was adamant that everyone should become a philanthropist. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a monthly donation to SMILE or charity of your choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.

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