Melissa D. Taylor

February 08, 1972 ‒ February 01, 2019

Utica, Ohio

Melissa D. Taylor, 46, of Utica passed away unexpectedly Friday afternoon, February 1, 2019 at Knox Community Hospital. She was born on February 8, 1972 in Newark to Larry A. Beever and Cheryl (Klintworth) Hackett.

Melissa enjoyed painting and going on hikes, but her greatest passion was spending time with her kids.  She attended the VGF Church in Heath.

Melissa is survived her husband, Walter E. Taylor;  her father, Larry of Mount Vernon; her birth mother, Cheryl of Utica; her adopted mother, Marianne Shepard of Charlottesville, VA; her children, Braedon, Gavin and Gabriel Harrison-Taylor of the home; sister, Lisa Moore of Newark; a brother, Mike (Jama) Beever of Mount Vernon; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the time of a service celebrating the life of Melissa at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Grace Pointe Community Church, 892 East Columbus Rd., Utica with Pastor Brad Kittle officiating.

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  • Melissa was like a daughter to me and touched my heart in so many ways. There were so many nights she stayed overnight with Monieka at our house. I’ve known her since she was a little girl and will always see her smile. Melissa will be greatly missed and our prayers are with her entire family.

  • Chip, Braden, and Gabe,
    I will cherish the memories of Melissa at family gatherings, we used to laugh and have inside jokes. We did not always see each other but when I would come home it was like time stood still and we had so much to discuss and would catch up. Thid was usually at family gatherings at aunt Debbie’s and uncle Billy’s on Christmas morning. Melissa is with all of you because she is a part of you. She will forever be in your heart and is now a beautiful angel that will watch over you.

  • You are and will always be my first and only true best friend. I remember you teaching me to drive a stick shift,being there when u first met your husband and introducing me to the lord. You were there for the birth of my children. I considered you my sister. I love u

  • Dear Cheryl,
    The residents of Oak Hill Manor wish to express our deepest condolences
    on the loss of your beloved daughter Melissa. We keep you, your daughter and family in our thoughts and prayers.
    We are saddened to know that you must face the difficult task of recovering from the loss of your very best friend. We know she was loved and she will be missed.
    Warmest regards,
    Mary Meier and the community of Oak Hill Manor