Sister Melissa Ken Gillard was 52, and departed this life on Saturday September 5, 2020 at her home in Marion County. She was the mother of Brian Gillard and Katika Gillard. You may visit the family at 1426 Wilbur Rd., Marion.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Henry L. Jackson Memorial Park on Sunday September 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm.
~ Obituary ~
Melissa Ken Gillard was born on August 24,1968 to Evelyn Gillard Roberts and the late Kenneth B. Bell. Melissa, affectionately known as "Bread" departed this life at age of 52 on Friday September 5, 2020 at her home.
Bread attended the public schools of Marion County where she was a graduate of the Marion High School class of 1988. Following high school Bread worked for over 25 years as a machine operator at various companies in the area, the longest being AVM/Arvin Meritor Industries where she worked until 2017.
Bread was always the fun loving life of the party. Despite of her own trials and tribulations she was the epitome of strength in so many ways. No matter your mood she could always bring a smile to your face. Our beloved Bread was a joy to all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.
Bread was preceded in death by her son, Markeith Gillard.
Bread leaves to cherish fond and loving memories: Her mother Evelyn (Johnny) Roberts her children Katika Gillard and Brian (Aaliyah) Gillard; four grandchildren; Ladarius Garner, Brenasia Gillard, Aubri Gillard and ZyNijah Pernell ; two sisters Rachel (James) Stanley and Kendell Samuels; one special Uncle Ronald Bell and one special Aunt Betty Mae Davis whom both loved her very much. Her "gorgeous" nieces Jamie (Joshua) Suber, Aleasha (Jordan) Miles , Jaonna Stanley and Nevaeh Gillard; four nephews James Stanley Jr, Dacian Williams, Terrell Williams and Dilan Gillard.
Bread was the eldest grandchild of the late Annie and Thomas Gillard and Malachi and Daisy Bell and leaves cherished memories with the whole host cousins aunts uncles and relatives.
The family of Sister Melissa Ken Gillard, in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state and local community, has decided to hold a private 50 people or less, family only, funeral service for their loved one with private interment immediately following. While the Gillard family would love to be surrounded by your presence, they acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. What the family needs most at this time are your prayers and understanding. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.
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