Melissa Gail Sloan Gebhardt, 46, lost her brave, 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer at home with her Mother and partner by her side on Friday, April 17, 2009.
A memorial celebration of Melissa's life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Unity Center of Columbia. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday April 20, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.
She was born in Monett, Missouri on December 20, 1962 to Dean and Betty Lawrence Sloan.
She graduated from Hickman High School in 1981. She attended the University of Missouri and completed her education at Jerry's Hair Styling Academy and has worked in several popular salons in Columbia during her 20-plus-year career, most recently at Green Meadows and Co. and Salon Nefisa. She became deeply connected with all her clients because of her warm personable and joyful style.
She gathered friends easily and her community is extensive and loving.
Her greatest joy was being Mother to her two young children Luka 5, and Willa 3. She will be so terribly missed by her heartbroken family and friends.
Survivors include her partner of 11 years, Deb Frankenberry; her children, Luka Dean and Willa Grace; her mother, Betty Montie and her husband Dr. Joseph Montie; her beloved brother, Christopher Gebhardt and his wife, Debbie Gebhardt; neices, Madelline Gebhardt and Isabella Gebhardt; Extended family, Chris and Carol Montie and their children; Matt and Carleton Montie and sons; Paula Montie and daughters; all of Columbia; and many deeply loved aunts, uncles, cousins all of Monett, Missouri and Joplin, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dean Sloan; her step father, Del Gebhardt; and her maternal grandparents, Zelf and Mabel Lawrence; Paternal grandparents, Carl (Kitty) and Dora Sloan.
Her family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and support staff at Missouri Cancer Associates, and Boone Hospital for their sensitive compassionate care. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com