Melissa Marie Bateman, daughter of Alfred Bert and Norma Jean Mitchell Lawhorn, was born in Fort Hood, Texas, on Dec. 20, 1984, and died at her home in Dexter, Mo., on July 4, 2012, at the age of 27.
She had grown up in Mattoon, Ill., and had moved to Dexter 10 years ago. She attended the Lighthouse Christian Center in Dexter.
On April 17, 2012, she was married to Ramey Bateman.
Surviving are her parents, Alfred Bert and Norma Jean Lawhorn of Dexter, Mo.; one son, Gage Leedom of Dexter; two daughters, Kierstyn Leedom and Aylissa Simmons, both of Dexter; one brother, Michael Lawhorn of Mattoon, Ill.; and one sister, Christina Lawhorn of Dexter, Other relatives and friends also survive.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, Mo.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter, Mo., with Rev. Kenneth Biggs of Dexter officiating.