Melisa Byrd, 1978-2021


Melisa Lynn Byrd, 42, of Walkerton, Ind., lost her battle with cancer Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at Northwest Health – La Porte.

She was born Nov. 26, 1978, in La Porte, Ind., the daughter of Julius Hicks and Sandra Lee (Bailey) Hicks Chapman.

A homemaker, Melisa was a lifelong resident of the area. On Sept. 23, 2000, she married Scott Brian Byrd in Rolling Prairie, Ind. Together they built a life and a family they loved. Melisa was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of American Legion Post 400 in Fish Lake, Ind. She was an outdoor girl who enjoyed the simple things in life such as kayaking and bonfires. She loved going for short rides just to look at the scenery, or longer rides out of state with friends for the pleasure of being with them. Melisa was very close to her father throughout her life and she passed away on his birthday, Oct. 12.

She is survived by her husband, Scott; son, Scottie Byrd, Jr.; daughter, Hope Byrd; two brothers, James Hicks of Knox, Ind., and Ryan Chapman of La Porte; two sisters, Valory Hicks of North Carolina and Kathy (Don) Harradon of Knox; sister-in-law, Janice (Chris) DeLee of La Porte; father-in-law, Larry (Prudence) Byrd of La Porte; and a large extended family.

Melisa was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law, Patricia Byrd; her best friend, Jodi Fairchild; uncle, Raymond Alexander; nephew, William Jones; and step-brother, Matthew Bair.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, La Porte, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. A life celebration will follow at the funeral home with Bob Vale officiating. Friends and family are invited to the Fish Lake American Legion after the service for dinner and sharing stories. 

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the family c/o Haverstock Funeral Home.

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One Response to “Melisa Byrd, 1978-2021”

  1. Zane and Kim Wade

    Oct 14. 2021

    Scott and family, sympathy for you all . Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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