Melissa Lu BUSSELL

April 14, 1955June 8, 2019

Melissa “Missy” Lu Bussell

Melissa Lu Bussell, age 64, of Cedar Park, Texas, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Melissa was born April 14, 1955, in Endicott, New York, to Bernard E. Purdy Sr. and Vivian I. Barton.

She was a long-time member of Hope Presbyterian Church. Church is where she found joy in attending Bible study, being a reading buddy and listening to Hope’s choir. Missy was a great friend to many and loved meeting new people. She enjoyed taking the time to listen to and learn about each person. She was always ready to offer care through cooking and sending notes to cheer people up.

Melissa is preceded in death by her father, Bernard E. Purdy Sr., and brother, Bernard E. Purdy Jr.. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, James R. Bussell; daughter, Brittany Nicole Bussell; son, Brandon James Bussell; mother, Vivian I. Purdy; sister, Cheryl Frye and husband, Jay; sister, Michelle Purdy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held later this summer at Hope Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers please direct memorial gifts to Hope Presbyterian Church, Generation to Generation Fund.


  • Hope Presbyterian Church, Generation to Generation Fund


  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Graveside Funeral Service Friday, June 14, 2019


Melissa Lu BUSSELL

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Veronica Alvarado

June 14, 2019

Work sisters, God would have us be
and I am thankful for the time of you and me.
I will always cherish the conversations we had
and thinking of those will not allow me to be sad.
The stories you shared made me laugh so hard I cried,
and I could not stop laughing no matter how hard I tried.
You gave me your ear when I needed to vent
and when I needed to be uplifted, you were the angel God sent.
This is not a goodbye but until I see you again
Because our sisterhood has no end.

I am so thankful that God placed you in my life when I needed a true friend the most. I will miss you..

Julie Dunlap

June 14, 2019

Missy was such a sweet lady. I will miss chatting with her at Weight Watchers. No matter what was going on in her life, she would always messaged me to see how I was and if I needed anything. I will Never forget her sweet smile and laugh.

Desiree Rogers

June 13, 2019

I met Missy when I worked at State Farm and a mutual friend introduced us at lunch one day. From then on we often ate lunch together as a group. I remember Missy most because of her beautiful smile and her sense of humor, she could make you laugh just with an expression on her face. I know she was a kind and caring person and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I pray the Lord will bring comfort and peace to her family during this most difficult time in their lives. Rest In Peace Missy. 🙏

Deborah Adams

June 12, 2019

With deepest sympathy to the Bussell Family. You have truly been blessed with one of the greatest ladies I have ever met. Missy was one of the first people who approached me when I started working at State Farm and we became work buddies and friends. She made me laugh and truly cared about people. She loved her family and she was so proud of Brittany and Brandon. She was such an inspiration to me and will miss our occasional texts and cards. God be with you as you journey through this loss. She was an amazing lady. God bless.

Nicole Rodrigues

June 12, 2019

My first memory of Missy was her smile and her warm presence when I was sixteen. Getting to know Brittany and becoming friends, felt like a I gained a second family from the Bussell's, Missy especially. She always made you feel at home, at ease around her with nothing but concern and care. Missy amazed me how she raised such an amazing family with her daughter keeping her spirit alive.

Elaine Wheeler

June 12, 2019

Missy Lu came into my life 20+ years ago when she started work st State Farm. She brought a world of joy and laughter that just couldn’t be contained. Everyone knew Missy Bussell, and I was one of many who she considered her friend and she was most certainly mine. Over the years we saw each other through good times and bad, knowing we could count on each other to be that shoulder to cry on or just be on the receiving end of a venting session. Mostly, though, it was good times of love and laughter and that’s what Missy did best. I will so miss you, my sweet Missy Lu. You’re at peace now, with no pain, in Heaven. No doubt you have the whole place laughing with joy. I’ll never forget you, always love you, and consider myself blessed to have called you friend!

Joy Cone

June 10, 2019

There's so many memories, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, life's special moments, 33 years worth. One of the special moments I vividly remember was when Aunt Missy was pregnant with Brandon and how happy she was because she so wanted another child but becoming pregnant had not been easy. I threw her a baby shower even though I had never been to one, much less hosted one. I may not have done everything exactly right but she was happy nonetheless. She was sitting in a chair with the biggest smile on her sweet face, wearing a hat made out of the bows that were on the baby gifts. She was so happy! I will always remember that smile of unbridled joy.

KIm Tolentino

June 10, 2019

Missy and I worked together for over 20 years. She was a wonderful person, a fantastic employee, a confident to many, but most importantly, she was my friend. I will miss her beautiful smile, her great sense of humor, and her warm and loving hugs. Heaven has truly gained a very special and sweet angel. Rest now sweet Missy.

Colleen Bowman

June 10, 2019

My Aunt Missy could light up a room with just her laugh it was the kind of laugh that would warm you from the inside out with a smile to match ... you know the feeling you get when you walk into a room full of puppies or how the sun feels on your face after three days of rain; that's the gift she brought with her wherever she went...warmth and happiness and she shared it always.
That is how I will always remember her.

Cathy Nichols

June 9, 2019

Missy, my friend since 6 years old thru this month and forever in my heart...we laughed, we cried, we talked forever at least one hour usually more. Even this last month we kept laughing and fighting to be positive. I will miss you so much, already do miss you. You are so genuine, so caring, no one can replace you.
From the Coleen Nichols Family, we all will miss you. Love to all of your Family. Only the best memories.