Melinda S. Willard

Melinda Sue Willard, 37, of Ravenswood, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington following a lifelong struggle with kidney disease.

Melinda was born on Aug. 12, 1975 in Fulton County, Ga., daughter of George F. Willard Jr. and Kathryn Patton Willard. She was a graduate of Parkersburg South High School and West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

In addition to her parents, survivors include brother, George F. Willard III (Kathleen), of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandmother, Geraldine R. Willard of Charleston W.Va.; uncles, Tom Patton of Amelia Ohio, James Patton of Santa Maria, Calif., Harry Patton of Pineview, Ga., Gary Willard of Charleston, W.Va. and Mike Willard of Charleston; aunts, Joyce Patton Doss of Glen Rose, Texas and Margaret Patton of Manassas, Va. Preceding her in death were grandparents Emmit and Mary Patton and George F. Willard.

A celebration of Melinda’s life is set for Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at the Waybright Funeral Home Chapel, Ripley. Interment will follow the service at the Fairplain Cemetery.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family has requested that those wishing to honor the memory of Melinda do so by making a donation in her name to the National Kidney Foundation.

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