Melissa was born February 21, 1980 in Des Moines to Thomas Medearis and Debra (Knowles) Medearis Baker. She was a 1998 graduate of East High School and currently employed by John Deere Manufacturing. Melissa enjoyed gun target shooting and camping at the family cabin near Muscatine. She was a Party Lite candle representative and collected baskets, horror movies and tattoos.
Melissa will be remembered as a witty, strong person. She was devoted to her family and her memory will be cherished by her husband, Kyle Ford; daughter, Kloei Lovan; mother, Debra (Jim) Baker; father, Thomas (Rhonda) Medearis; siblings, Erica Medearis (Chad Ford), Abby (Rama) Chennamsetty, Dustin Medearis and Baden Medearis; grandmothers, Phyllis Knowles and Opal Esther Medearis; as well as other extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Gilbert Knowles and Lyle Medearis; and sister, Jessica Medearis.
Memorial contributions in Melissa’s memory may be directed to the family for the Kloei Lovan education fund.
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