SPRING GROVE – It is with the deepest heartfelt sadness, as well as joy for her that she is now with her beloved savior, that we announce the passing of Melanie Leigh (Roberts) Davis, 48, of Spring Grove. Melanie passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Columbia, Mo., while working as an Associate Director of State Government Relations for Alkermes Addiction Division.|
Melanie was born June 3, 1964, in St. Louis, Mo., daughter to Marilyn Mae (Leaming) Roberts and James Nelson Roberts, and is stepdaughter to Betty (Sheldon) Roberts. She is the beloved sister of Beth (Roberts) Hernandez, Lisa (Roberts) Rumping, Cash Roberts (deceased), Erin Roberts, Kim (Roberts) Claeys, Deborah Anderson, Marianne (Roberts) Johnson, Steve Roberts and JN Roberts II.
Melanie grew up in Olathe, Kan., and Walker, Minn., graduating from Walker High School in 1982. She worked in retail throughout both high school and college at Lundrigan's Clothing. She graduated from Concordia College in 1986 with a double major of a BA in communications and business. She was honored with the Miss Leech Lake crown and was the first reigning queen of the now-annual Eelpout Festival.
Melanie is survived by her three children Andrew James Ernst (and his fiancée Samantha Usmiller), Abigail Mae Ernst and Aidan Josiah Ernst. In passing, she joined her beloved son Alexander Seth Ernst. She is also survived by her husband, Tom Davis, as well as her stepchildren Emily and John Davis. She will be deeply missed by all – family, friends and colleagues alike.
Melanie was known for her compassion, kindness and generosity of spirit – especially toward children – as well as her bubbly laugh, amazing sense of humor and her deep faith in Christ. She held a passion for music, reading, and the "Blue Star Moms" – an organization welcoming our soldiers home from deployment overseas.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. The funeral Mass will celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at St. John's Church, 2304 Church St., Johnsburg. All to meet at the church at 9:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hands of Hope or Samaritan's Purse.
The family would like to personally thank Ms. Ann Foster and Ms. Kim Popovuch for the friendship they displayed to Melanie in both life and death, as well as their help with so many details during this extremely difficult time. The family would further like to thank the staff and medical team at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri for the tremendous kindness, compassion and expertise they consistently extended to Melanie and her family. Your gracious kindness will not be forgotten. Melanie held Psalm 18 close to her heart.
For information, call 815-385-0063.
Published in the Northwest Herald on May 26, 2013