Kinsaul, Melinda Ann Carson of Wildwood, MO, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday August 6th after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. Melinda's fearless faith in God gave her a peace that surpasses all understanding and instead of asking why she had cancer, she asked how she could use it to help others. During her battle with cancer she had many opportunities to encourage others facing cancer or other serious illness and share with them the good news of God's love for them. Melinda was born on November 10, 1961, the youngest of four children, to Daniel W. and Roberta Whetzel Carson in Parsons, Kansas. She is survived by her husband, Russell Kinsaul of Wildwood, MO, her daughter, Brooke and son, Luke, both of Wildwood, MO. She is also survived by her mother, Roberta Carson of Parsons, KS and her brothers, Russell and Daryl, both of Parsons, KS and Rodney Carson of Joplin, MO. She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Carson. Melinda was a cheerleader, played tennis and was voted homecoming queen at Parsons High School where she graduated in 1980. She also received a BA degree from Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburgh, Kansas. Melinda married Russell on January 21, 1989 on top of Taos Ski Mountain, in New Mexico. Melinda enjoyed a career in public relations and marketing before she retired to focus her time and attention on raising her children, whom are a wonderful reflection of her intelligence, sense of humor and caring heart. Melinda was also committed to volunteering at church and in her community. She always had a way of calming the crying toddlers in the church nursery and setting new records for school and community fundraisers. Services: A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday at The Crossing Church at Chesterfield, located at 114 N. Eatherton Road, in Chesterfield, MO, near the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. A guestbook and slideshow can be viewed at www.stlouiscremation.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Melinda may be made to Friends of Kids with Cancer, 530 Maryville Center Drive, Suite LL5, St. Louis, MO 63141.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on August 7, 2012