Melissa Sue Hanawalt gained her wings and flew home to the angels just before the holidays after an extended battle with cancer at the age of 40. Melissa was born on April 20, 1979 at St. Mary’s hospital in Reno, Nevada and passed away on December 7, 2019 at her home in Hesperia, California. Melissa lived in several states as well as the Federal Republic of Germany as part of a military family before settling in Hesperia. Melissa was an amazing woman and a loving mother of four. She wasn’t only a mother, she was a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a friend to many.

She is survived by her four children, Laycie, Kristofer, Joseph, and Sharlotte, her sister Jennifer, her stepbrother William, her father and stepmother, Larry and Sharon Hanawalt, her mother and stepfather, Kelli and Greg Robertson, maternal grandparents, her paternal grandmother, step grandparents, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Melissa was loved by many and will be greatly missed by her family and her friends. She rests with God now. God bless her and may her soul rest in peace.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for late January 2020 by her family in Hesperia. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in her name be made to the American Cancer Society.
Posted by Jennifer Hanawalt Kingery on February 10, 2020
It’s be just over 2 months since my sister Melissa left us. Everyone says it gets easier but it’s a lie. It DOES NOT get easier. I still find my self laying in bed crying because I miss her so damn much it hurts. I have moments at work where I’m happy and cheerful and then the next minute I get to thinking about u Mel and get so sad. I know you are not suffering anymore. I know god has his reasons for calling u home at such a young age. But I still sit here and ask why u and not me?? You had 4 beautiful children while I have none. I wish every day it had been me and not you. I want u back so much it hurts sis. I got the necklace with your ashes in it that mama ordered for me and after I got off the phone with mama I broke down crying because reality REALLY HIT then. Your gone. It’s not just a horrible bad dream. As I sit here typing this the tears are flowing again. I know we didn’t always get along sis but siblings always fight. I’m just so thankful we started talking again all those years ago. I know u are now in heaven keeping an eye on me and keeping me safe. I just want to hug you, hear your voice and tell you how much I love you one last time. I should have called you the week before like I had started to but I knew you were in pain from your surgery. How I regret so much not calling u on my day off the week u passed. I love and miss U so much sis. Rest In Peace and keep watch over us all.
Posted by Laycie Premoe on January 20, 2020
Mama, I know we didn't always have the best of relationships, but throughout everything I loved you. I'm sorry I wasn't able to have more contact and memories with you before you left us. I can't believe you are gone. I keep wanting to call and text you, then I remember you won't pick up. I miss you so much mama. Remember? I used to call you mama bear and you'd always call me love bug or other cute nicknames. I miss you so much. It hurts knowing you aren't in the world anymore.
Posted by William Wilson on January 19, 2020
Melissa and I have been friends since the 2nd grade. I cant believe the person I grew up with wont grow old with me as well. Makes my sad that she went at such a young age. I know she is now my guardian angel watching over me. Love ya lots Melissa
Posted by Selina Jones McCusker Car... on January 4, 2020
I met Melissa in 2001. She was an honest person. It didn't take us long to become close. She always called me her adopted mom in Idaho. I was very proud of Melissa because with all of her heartaches and pain she never even thought of going back using. When she first told me she had Cervical Cancer we cried together. Then when she called and said they got it all we prayed together. Then she called me again and told me it was back. We cried again. I had hoped and prayed she would win this battle like she did the first one. I will miss her so very much. I loved her laugh and her calls. RIP my dear Melissa.
Posted by Jennifer Hanawalt Kingery on January 2, 2020
It still doesnt seem real that your gone sis. I love and miss you so very much.
Posted by Sharon Hanawalt on January 1, 2020
Mel this so don’t feel real but I know it is we sure had our ups & downs but we had one constant , our love for you never waivers  Miss you sooooo very much a part of my heart is with you in Heaven. We have so many fond memories of you that will be forever treasured. Rest peacefully  Please let our family members now with you know we love & miss them when God calls us home we will be with all of you

So many times I’ve wanted to call you then reality sits in. Khow I wish I could hear your again saying “hi momma”. So wish I would have had one more time to hear your voice, see you basically one more for everyone. Love & miss you so very miuch.  Rest peacefully sweet daughter
Posted by Kimberly Kroamer on January 1, 2020
Melissa I remember when we first meet. And we became friends and sisters. Even when you moved we stayed in contact know I've lost my best friend and sister that I loved so dearly what am I going to do without you. You was always there when I had a problem as I was with you. I will miss you a lot and I'll see you one day I love you forever my best friend and sister I will miss you a lot may you rest in peace and be with the angels I love you and never will forget you
Posted by Tiny Felice on January 1, 2020
We going miss u Melissa u were great friend for many years what am I’m going do with out u kicking my ass at pool anymore love u forever

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Posted by Jennifer Hanawalt Kingery on February 10, 2020
It’s be just over 2 months since my sister Melissa left us. Everyone says it gets easier but it’s a lie. It DOES NOT get easier. I still find my self laying in bed crying because I miss her so damn much it hurts. I have moments at work where I’m happy and cheerful and then the next minute I get to thinking about u Mel and get so sad. I know you are not suffering anymore. I know god has his reasons for calling u home at such a young age. But I still sit here and ask why u and not me?? You had 4 beautiful children while I have none. I wish every day it had been me and not you. I want u back so much it hurts sis. I got the necklace with your ashes in it that mama ordered for me and after I got off the phone with mama I broke down crying because reality REALLY HIT then. Your gone. It’s not just a horrible bad dream. As I sit here typing this the tears are flowing again. I know we didn’t always get along sis but siblings always fight. I’m just so thankful we started talking again all those years ago. I know u are now in heaven keeping an eye on me and keeping me safe. I just want to hug you, hear your voice and tell you how much I love you one last time. I should have called you the week before like I had started to but I knew you were in pain from your surgery. How I regret so much not calling u on my day off the week u passed. I love and miss U so much sis. Rest In Peace and keep watch over us all.
Posted by Laycie Premoe on January 20, 2020
Mama, I know we didn't always have the best of relationships, but throughout everything I loved you. I'm sorry I wasn't able to have more contact and memories with you before you left us. I can't believe you are gone. I keep wanting to call and text you, then I remember you won't pick up. I miss you so much mama. Remember? I used to call you mama bear and you'd always call me love bug or other cute nicknames. I miss you so much. It hurts knowing you aren't in the world anymore.
Posted by William Wilson on January 19, 2020
Melissa and I have been friends since the 2nd grade. I cant believe the person I grew up with wont grow old with me as well. Makes my sad that she went at such a young age. I know she is now my guardian angel watching over me. Love ya lots Melissa
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Shared by Sharon Hanawalt on January 30, 2020
Still doesn't seem real,,, so many times i pick up my phone wanting to talk with you yet, reality sinks in & i can't,, I miss you so very much, so many memories i will forever cherish,, i'm so grateful for the memories ,,, wish we could have been at your memorial your Mom & step Dad & friends did for you,, we will have a memorial here for you honey, dad got the perfect Angel statue to place in our memorial garden ,, you will live on forever in our hearts that is for sure,, i will share some memories later with people but for now i just want to hold them all tight within my heart & with your Dad.  love you so very much kiddo,,, if only i could call you just one more time,,, 
Shared by Jennifer Hanawalt Kingery on January 1, 2020
I miss you so much sis. It doesn’t seem real that you are gone. I love you so much and I know you are watching over our family. Rest n peace my sweet sister.