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Melissa Joy Wheeler, age 49, of Byron Center, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at home surrounded by family. The daughter of  Harold Lee & Marcia Anette (Ferrier) Wheeler, she was born on May 21, 1968 in Livonia. 

Melissa fought hard and lost her battle with cancer. She will forever be remembered for her contagious smile and laughter; she was one who never wanted the time spent with family and friends to end. 

She is preceded in passing by her step-father, Martin E. Harper. Melissa is survived by her parents, Marcia A. Wheeler, and Harold L. Wheeler & Carolyn F. Anderson; twin sons, James Patrick-Michael, and Jeffery Matthew-Bradley Wheeler; siblings, Carie L. (Luke J.) Wright, Matthew B. Wheeler (Anna B. Bozhilova), Jennifer L. (Warren J.) Wick, Emily R.J. (James A.) McEldowney, Jason B. (Andrea M.) Wheeler, and John M. (Jackie M.) Wheeler.

 nieces and nephews, Katherine E. Wright, Jordan J. McEldowney, Kyle J. Wright, Tyler A. & Mary J. McEldowney, Andre S. MacKenzie, Megan A. McEldowney, Noah R. Wheeler, Emma E. Wheeler, and Jacob T. Wheeler; as well as many other beloved family and friends.   

A memorial service will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at RG & GR Harris Funeral Home, 15451 Farmington Rd., Livonia, where a visitation will take place from 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Nelson officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Melissa’s memory to the Melissa, James, and Jeffery Wheeler Go Fund Me Page to help with future expenses for her children, James and Jeffrey. The family will also be accepting memorial donations the day of the service.  

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Melissa’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

My Journey’s Just Begun
                                                               Don’t think of me as gone away-                                                        my journey’s just begun, 
life holds so many facets- 
this earth is only one. . . 
Just think of me as resting 
from the sorrows and the tears 
in a place of warmth and comfort 
where there are no days and years. 
Think how I must be wishing 
that we could know today 
how nothing but our sadness 
can really pass away. 
And think of me as living 
in the hearts of those I’ve touched. . . 
for nothing loved is ever lost- 
and I was loved so much.

Come to Me

God saw you were getting tired, 
And a cure was not to be. 
So He put His arms around you 
And whispered, “Come To Me.” 
With tearful eyes we watched you, 
And saw you pass away. 
Although we loved you dearly, 
We could not make you stay. 
A golden heart stopped beating, 
Hard working hands at rest. 
God broke our hearts to prove to us, 
He only takes the best. 


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  1. Ann Webster on May 5, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Melissa you were such a beautiful person inside and out. You touched many lives and will never be forgotten. I wish I could be at your service today. R.I.P. my dear friend.

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