Melissa (Kann) Miller, of Kokomo, Indiana, formerly of Fairmont, completed her mission in this life and departed from us Sunday (May 22, 2016).
She was born in Fairmont on Oct. 30, 1956, to Elmer and Edith Kann, who are both deceased.
She was a compassionate, loving and caring person who will be dearly missed by many.
Her sister Shirley brought her and Preston Miller of Kokomo together in 1973, and in December of that year they married, and for more than 42 years they were each other's universe. She felt "very blessed in life."
A spiritually centered person, Melissa was gifted with an artist's eye for beauty and symmetry; she used her gift to create warmth and beauty in all her surroundings. Visitors to her home repeatedly commented on how comfortable it made them feel and how they could sense the love that was present.
But her most endearing quality was the intensity with which she loved and cared for her family and friends. If you were in her orbit, she was your champion. Her sister Kim said of Melissa, "She is beautiful in heart, a best friend and confidant and an example for us all to be kind and generous to others." Her niece Rene added, "I feel a deep love for Melissa and am honored to be her niece. She is the most compassionate, loving and honest woman I have ever known. I admire everything about her, especially her strength and courage." And from her niece Beverly, "Melissa is a beautiful, compassionate and selfless soul that always puts the welfare of others before her own ? I love her to the moon and back."
Melissa's other passion was reading and expanding her knowledge on a wide range of subjects; this resulted in a considerable personal library that she treasured.
Melissa graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont as a member of the Class of 1974. She later attended classes at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas, where she focused on medical administration. Her studies led to her becoming a certified medical transcriptionist. Over the course of her 17-year career, she worked for hospitals in San Antonio; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Morgantown. She retired early to become a caregiver for her mother; that was followed by caring for her father.
Accustomed to being the one caring for others, Melissa was overwhelmed and humbled by the letters of support she received and by the number of people she learned were praying for her recovery from cancer.
In addition to her husband, Preston, she is survived by two brothers and three sisters, Shirley Miller of Russiaville, Indiana, Elbert (Mo) Moran of Kokomo, Indiana, Barbara Rowe of Fairmont, Elmer Kann of Kokomo, Indiana, and Kimberly (William) Thompson of Fairmont; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Melissa shared special bonds with her sister, Kimberly; her niece, Rene Sterling of Kokomo, Indiana; and her niece, Beverly Yates of Charleston. She had a special place in her heart for her nephew, Tim Hill of Kokomo; and her great-niece, Jessica Yates of Charleston. Melissa was also proud of her brother-in-law, William Thompson, for the loving care he gives to the residents of the Fairmont Arbors nursing home where he works and for his devotion to her sister, Kimberly.
No services are planned, but family and friends ? old and new ? are welcomed to visit during the hours of 3-5 p.m. Thursday at Eller's Funeral Home on 725 S. Main St., Kokomo, Indiana, to share their memories of Melissa.
In lieu of flowers, Melissa would be deeply honored if donations were made in her name to one of her three favorite charities in Fairmont: the Union Mission, the Sobrania Soup Opera or the Marion County Humane Society.
Melissa was very grateful for the love, friendship and care she received from Julie Maggart and Debbie Zent of the St. Joseph Hospice.
You are invited to view Melissa's obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you can sign the guest book or share a personal message to the family.
Published on  May 24, 2016