OBITUARY

Melissa Sue Stoddard

October 9, 1947December 8, 2018
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CAMBRIDGE, OH - Melissa S. Stoddard, 71, of 605 Jefferson Ave., Cambridge, OH, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at OSU University Medical Center East following a brief illness. She was born October 9, 1947 in Canton, a daughter of the late Galen and Irene (Walker) Miller. She was a Green High and Kent State University graduate. Melissa taught 37 years in the Primary Schools of the Southeast Local School District, and was recognized by “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.” Upon retirement, she became a faithful servant of the Lord alongside her husband, Pastor Everett Stoddard, serving in Living Hope United Methodist Church, Norton; Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church, Coshocton; Collins and West Hartland (Norwalk) United Methodist Churches, and Cambridge Faith United Methodist Church. Wherever they served she was noted for her beautiful bulletin boards and involvement in groups like Relay For Life. A kind, creative and generous loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was a woman who truly lived the Christian life. She loved fellowship, crafting, reading and especially teaching children to read. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Maynard Miller. In addition to her husband of 36 years, survivors include her brother, Max (Sarah) Miller of Uniontown and sister, Margie (Jim) Popio of Tallmadge; daughters, Kara (Brian) Wilson of Kingsport, TN, and Lisa (Will) Kinsey of Belmont, NC, and the treasures of her life, grandchildren Melissa (Missy) Wilson and William Cato, Camille (Millie), and Osborne (Ozzie) Kinsey, along with Chase Wilson and Brittany (Blaine) Adkins. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the family’s home church, Ravenna First United Methodist Church, 262 S. Prospect St., Ravenna, with the Revs. Tom Poremba and Brian Oglesbee officiating, assisted by dear friends Bill Lentz and Cathy Poremba. Friends will be received from 1:00pm until the Memorial Service. Serving the family is the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna. Inurnment will take place later in Columbiana County Memorial Park, East Liverpool, Ohio. Memorials may be made in her name to your home church, or the American Cancer Society. Condolences and memories may be shared at wood-kortright-borkoski.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Galen Miller, Father
  • Irene Miller, Mother
  • Everett Stoddard, Husband
  • Maynard Miller, Brother
  • Max (Sarah) Miller, Brother
  • Margie (Jim) Popio, Sister
  • Kara (Brian) Wilson, Daughter
  • Lisa (Will) Kinsey, Daughter
  • She also leaves the treasures of her life, grandchildren Melissa (Missy) Wilson and William Cato, Camille (Millie), and Osborne (Ozzie) Kinsey, along with Chase Wilson and Brittany (Blaine) Adkins.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Melissa Sue Stoddard

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Beverly Hall

December 19, 2018

Dear Rev. Ev - I was so sorry to hear about Melissa's passing. I couldn't get to her services but you have been on my mind and in my heart since I found out. Please know you are loved and prayed over every day. Continue to keep and share the faith. May God's everlasting arms surround you in His grace and peace.
God bless you and your whole family.

Rev. Bev Hall

Sam Davis

December 13, 2018

Ev, So sorry for you and your families loss. Although I didn't know Melissa well, she was always welcoming , kind, and engaging with Chris and I. We will be praying Jesus wrap you all in His loving arms.

Randy Mercer

December 13, 2018

Thinking you at this time. Prayers for you and your family,
Pastor Randy Mercer

Karen GRAHAM

December 13, 2018

Ev,

Please accept this expression of condolence to you and your family. I enjoyed the times I interacted with Melissa at Southern Hills District events. I pray your family, congregation, colleagues and friends surround you with care and support now and into the weeks and months ahead. May the good news of Christmas speak to you in a special way this year, and may the light of Christ bring you peace.

Marty Darling

December 12, 2018

Love, hugs & prayers to Pastor Ev, Kara & Lisa. My heart goes out to you in the loss of Melissa. She was a sweet lady and a wonderful asset when at Prairie Chapel UMC. Hold tight to all the wonderful memories because those will get you through the days ahead.

Charlene Godfrey

December 11, 2018

Mrs. Stoddard was so nice to my whole family while her husband Pastor Ev and her was at the Collins Methodist Church. We appreciate all the kindness they both showed us always. Prayers and love to Pastor Ev and your lovely family.

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Biography

CAMBRIDGE, OH - Melissa S. Stoddard, 71, of 605 Jefferson Ave., Cambridge, OH, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at OSU University Medical Center East following a brief illness.
She was born October 9, 1947 in Canton, a daughter of the late Galen and Irene (Walker) Miller. She was a Green High and Kent State University graduate. Melissa taught 37 years in the Primary Schools of the Southeast Local School District, and was recognized by “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”
Upon retirement, she became a faithful servant of the Lord alongside her husband, Pastor Everett Stoddard, serving in Living Hope United Methodist Church, Norton; Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church, Coshocton; Collins and West Hartland (Norwalk) United Methodist Churches, and Cambridge Faith United Methodist Church. Wherever they served she was noted for her beautiful bulletin boards and involvement in groups like Relay For Life. A kind, creative and generous loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was a woman who truly lived the Christian life. She loved fellowship, crafting, reading and especially teaching children to read.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Maynard Miller.
In addition to her husband of 36 years, survivors include her brother, Max (Sarah) Miller of Uniontown and sister, Margie (Jim) Popio of Tallmadge; daughters, Kara (Brian) Wilson of Kingsport, TN, and Lisa (Will) Kinsey of Belmont, NC, and the treasures of her life, grandchildren Melissa (Missy) Wilson and William Cato, Camille (Millie), and Osborne (Ozzie) Kinsey, along with Chase Wilson and Brittany (Blaine) Adkins.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the family’s home church, Ravenna First United Methodist Church, 262 S. Prospect St., Ravenna, with the Revs. Tom Poremba and Brian Oglesbee officiating, assisted by dear friends Bill Lentz and Cathy Poremba. Friends will be received from 1:00pm until the Memorial Service.
Serving the family is the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna. Inurnment will take place later in Columbiana County Memorial Park, East Liverpool, Ohio.
Memorials may be made in her name to your home church, or the American Cancer Society.
Condolences and memories may be shared at wood-kortright-borkoski.com.