It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Melinda "Mina" Salas Bajula (age 58) on December 31, 2022. Melinda was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her passing. She was a beloved mother to Stephen and his wife Meg, Melissa, and Austin and an incredible wife to her husband Bob. She was a cherished sister to Norma, Bono, Imelda, Rick, Lizzie and Joseph, and a dear daughter to Hermelinda Sr.
Mina was a woman of deep faith and a devoted member of her church community. She loved trying new foods and enjoyed going to the movies. She was an avid reader and writer, often spending her time in coffee shops, and had a particular interest in theology and family heritage. Mina had a dream of one day writing a fiction novel based on the stories of her ancestors in Mexico. Mina also enjoyed the thrill of motorcycle rides with her husband, Bob, and attending motorcycle rallies together early in their relationship. She also loved game nights and playing Catan with her family.
In her career, Mina worked as an Administrative Manager at Alley Cats in Arlington, where she was highly respected and admired by her colleagues. She was known for her friendly and engaging personality, and was able to build personal relationships with everyone she worked with. Mina truly loved her job and was an invaluable member of the Alley Cats team.
Mina had a special appreciation for her surroundings, even taking note of the details in her own home during one of her final days. Upon waking up to a room decorated with Christmas lights, she inquired if she was dreaming. When informed that she was awake, Mina remarked "I guess I'll go to sleep now in this beautiful dream."
Mina will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. A viewing will be held on Monday, January 9th, 2023 from 5-7pm at Forest Ridge Funeral Home, immediately followed by a reception at Alley Cats in Hurst, TX. The funeral and services will be held on Tuesday (January 10th) at Smithfield Cemetery in North Richland Hills, TX at 10am. Please join us in remembering and honoring the life of Melinda "Mina" Salas Bajula.