Melanie Dawn Logan Bawolski Melanie passed away March 1, 2012 after a long and courageous fight with cancer. Melanie was born at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, California on July 26, 1956. She was raised in Redondo Beach, California and graduated from Mira Costa High School. She also attended Phoenix University. Soon after high school graduation she went to work for the City of Carson, and worked in the Human Resources Department for 35 years until her retirement in December of 2011. Melanie loved to travel, especially to visit relatives and friends all over the country. She loved music, and attended many concerts during her life. Nothing made her happier than being with her family and friends, and she remained active visiting and vacationing with them throughout her illness. Melanie is preceded in death by her father, Ray G. Logan, Jr. and by her brother Ray G. Logan III. She is survived by her husband, Michael Bawolski of Lomita, California; her mother, Bette Logan of Redondo Beach, California; by her brothers Luke and Beau Logan; her nieces Elke and Cassidy Logan; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Melanie's name to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. I will be watching on Friday. My heart and feeling will be with all of my California relatives. I loved Melanie very much. She was always one of my favorites. I love you all. I am especially praying for Mike and my very strong sister, Bette.

  2. Praying for all of the family and sending all our love and asking God to keep you all in his loving arms as you say Good-by to one wonderful lady that shared so much with so many. Love you all and keeping you in our hearts. Van & Jan

  3. Mel, thank you for gracing me with your presence. You will me missed. Wishing your family much strength through this difficult time.

  4. Mel: You will be missed by so many people. You touched every persons heart that you met… Your smile was so incredible and that laugh of yours, wow!!! Rest in peace my friend. I’ll do a little dance for you at the BRUCE concert…..

  5. I will always remembers Mello as the most gracious and remarkable woman I have been fortunate to know during my tenure at the City of Carson. May God bless and keep her beloved family at the time.

  6. Mel – you were the best of us all. I don’t know how Elephant Bar is going to survive without you! J/K Thanks for being a friend, for always supporting us and for always keeping it real. Thanks for being you!!! Love you always!! Izzie & Andy

  7. I never got to meet Melanie, but I knew her through her husband, Mike. She seemed like an amazing woman, loving and caring to the very end. She loved Mike and Mike loved her very much. My prayers and thoughts are fully directed towards the family and friends of Melanie Bawolski. Rest peacefully!

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bawolski family.Words cannnot express my feelings. I will be here if you need anything Mike.Melanie was a great woman. Full of life and love.God bless.

  9. Hey Mello, this is Jason. Do you remember when I was around 5 (Mom was at work) and I talked you into “walking” to the mall to see Jurassic Park (for the eighth time). I told you it was a short walk and we could do it. As it turns out it was a little longer than I said, but we made it and saw the movie (remember it rained and we had to hang our wet socks over the seats). But the movie was good right???? Then we had to walk back (I did not really think about that in my plan). I think you carried me on your back most of the way. I know my Mom was worried about us most of the day (she could not get in touch with us). But long story short, on her way home from work she saw us on the side of the road, kind of close to home, and we were looking pretty sorry. She drove past, then came back (I think she really wanted to leave us). I guess she eventually felt sorry for us because she picked us up and all was good. But I do remember her telling you Mello “You listen to a 5 year old!” Love you Mello and will always remember you! Jas Lee

  10. Mel, It is truly a sad day today. You will be missed, not only by your immediate family, but by your extended family in TN. I will always remember with great fondness those days when you would visit Dyersburg. Great memories for me. My thoughts and prayers are with Mike, Bette, Beau, Luke, Cassidy and everyone else who were touched by your presence. Love, John Bevis

  11. Mel, Your personality always shined bright, you could always fill a room with lots of laughter. We are so blessed to have known you. Look for Clarence Clemons up there and play some tunes….Rock On!

  12. Will miss you Hun. Am glad you’re no longer suffering and in God’s presence with his angels. Will always love you!

  13. I worked with Mel for many years at the City of Carson. She walked me through orientation when I was hired in 1982. I knew her to be humorous, friendly, a good listener, and humble. These are wonderful traits of a wonderful person that I will sorely miss. Love you Mel . . .

  14. R.I.P Melo your journy on earth is done, now on to the new one in heaven. Until we meet again, I love you and will always cherish the great memories we shared, and our Mardi Gras when you rode on the float with me. I love You Melo

  15. Farewell to sweet Melanie. We were both class of 1974. Her Dad (now moved on) was Ray. My Dad (now moved on) was Roy. Same family name, no direct relation. She was born in Inglewood, I was born in Inglewood. One will not soon forget her smile, even from years back in school, and when we could also see her in August ’11 briefly in Southern California. One positive, gentle, agreeable and is now known, rather courageous spirit. Lord Bless her soul now.

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