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Johnson, Melissa Sue

Feb. 7, 1969 — July 4, 2011

Melissa Sue Johnson, 42, Mitchell, left this life Monday surrounded by her family at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born in Bloomington Feb. 7, 1969, Melissa was the first child to join her parents, Raymond Johnson and Bonnie (Smith) Haltom.

Melissa proudly attended Grandview Elementary School, Dyer Middle School and Bloomington High School North, graduating in 1987.

Melissa was a well respected member of the Indiana University Health Bedford team taking on various administrative roles. Her work at the hospital gave her great joy in assisting those in a time of need.

Melissa is survived by her parents, Raymond Johnson of Bloomington and Bonnie (Smith) Haltom of Spencer; daughter, Shelbi Nicole Cauble; devoted companion, Lonnie Cauble; and three stepchildren, Brittnay Cauble, Paige Cauble, and Bryce Cauble, all of Mitchell; her maternal grandfather, Charles Smith of Bloomington; sister, Sharon (Johnson) Anderson of Bloomington; brother-in-law, Jeff Anderson; nieces, Jessica (Anderson) Inlow and Hannah Anderson, all of Bloomington; stepmother, Gerry Johnson; stepsister, Becky Turner; stepfather, Michael Haltom; step brothers, Troy Haltom Tony Haltom, Andrew Haltom and Jarrod Haltom; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Esther (Mullis) Smith; as well as her paternal grandfather, Theo Johnson and paternal grandmother, Jane (Couch) Johnson; and her aunt, Ellen “Tootie” Emmons.

Melissa was devoted to her family and shared a special bond with her companion, Lonnie Cauble, for over ten years. On Oct. 10, 2001, Melissa’s greatest pride and accomplishment arrived with the birth of her daughter, Shelbi Nicole Cauble. Melissa conveyed and instilled the same positive outlook on life to her young child as she herself followed. Melissa had an adventurous spirit which introduced her to new challenges without any fear. Her high level of intelligence, integrity and a continuous positive attitude made those, who had the fortune of knowing her, better people. Melissa lived her life to the fullest and would not allow obstacles to stand in her way.

Melissa was an active member in the White River Bow Hunter’s Club in Lawrence County. Melissa not only participated in the club, she was one of the top female bow competitors.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Though our pain is significant, it will pass as it pales in comparison to the good memories and positive lessons she gave to us. Our love for Melissa is forever.


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