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Melissa Sue JohnsonPassing: July 4, 2011


Chastain Funeral Home

Friday,Jul.8,2011, 10:00 am


Chastain Funeral Home

Thursday,Jul.7,2011, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday,Jul.8,2011, 09:00 am - 10:00 am


Mitchell Cemetery


MITCHELL Melissa Sue Johnson, 42, Mitchell, left this life Monday, July 4, 2011, surrounded by her family at Indiana University Health Bedford.

Born in Bloomington February 7, 1969, Melissa was the first child to join her parents, Raymond Johnson and Bonnie (Smith) Haltom.

Melissa proudly attended Grandview Elementary School, Dyer Middle School, and Bloomington High School North graduating in 1987. Melissa was a well respected member of the Indiana University Health Bedford team taking on various administrative roles. Her work at the hospital gave her great joy in assisting those in a time of need.

Melissa is survived by her parents, Raymond Johnson of Bloomington and Bonnie (Smith) Haltom of Spencer; daughter, Shelbi Nicole Cauble; devoted companion, Lonnie Cauble; and three stepchildren, Brittnay Cauble, Paige Cauble, and Bryce Cauble, all of Mitchell. Her maternal grandfather, Charles Smith of Bloomington; sister, Sharon (Johnson) Anderson of Bloomington; brother in law, Jeff Anderson; nieces, Jessica (Anderson) Inlow and Hannah Anderson, all of Bloomington; stepmother, Gerry Johnson, stepsister, Becky Turner, stepfather, Michael Haltom, step brothers, Troy Haltom Tony Haltom, Andrew Haltom, and Jarrod Haltom, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Esther (Mullis) Smith, as well as her paternal grandfather, Theo Johnson and paternal grandmother, Jane (Couch) Johnson, and her aunt, Ellen “Tootie” Emmons.

Melissa was devoted to her family and shared a special bond with her companion, Lonnie Cauble, for over ten years. On October 10, 2001, Melissa’s greatest pride and accomplishment arrived with the birth of her daughter, Shelbi Nicole Cauble. Melissa conveyed and instilled the same positive outlook on life to her young child’s as she herself followed. Melissa had an adventurous spirit which introduced her to new challenges without any fear. Her high level of intelligence, integrity, and a continuous positive attitude made those, who had the fortune of knowing her, better people. Melissa lived her life to the fullest and would not allow obstacles to stand in her way.

Melissa was an active member in the White River Bow Hunter’s Club in Lawrence County. Melissa not only participated in the club, she was one of the top female bow competitors.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Though our pain is significant, it will pass as it pales in comparison to the good memories and positive lessons she gave to us. Our love for Melissa is forever.

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17 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Lisa Johnson | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 8, 2011
    Enjoyed working with Melissa she always had a smile and a zest for life. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. I pray for comfort and guidance especially for Shelbi.
  2. Guest: Bethany New | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 7, 2011
    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Melissa was a great person and we will miss her spirit around the workplace.
  3. Guest: Nonie and Tim Tague | mitchell, IN
    Date: July 7, 2011
    Lonnie: We are sorry to hear about your loss. Have faith that she is in a better place. You are your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
  4. Guest: Paul, Cassie, Miranda and Megan Terry | mitchell, IN
    Date: July 6, 2011
    Lonnie and Shelbi- You are in our thoughts and prayers. Melissa was such a sweet woman and will be missed by us. Will miss seeing her at all the ballgames.
  5. Guest: Dick Yerington | Bloomington, IN
    Date: July 6, 2011
    Lonnie, I heard the news of your tragic loss just yesterday and am very sorry. I miss seeing you all at Foamcraft but don't think that just because I moved on I have forgotten about the people that were so very much a part of my life for three years. You and the family will definitely be in my prayers. Sincerely, Dick Yerington
  6. Guest: Heather Butler | IN
    Date: July 6, 2011
    Melissa will be greatly missed. She was a wonderful mother and person.
  7. Guest: Misty McDonald | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    Lonnie and Shelby...so sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers. She was a very special lady.
  8. Guest: Sami Zollman | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    Melissa was an amazing person.. i know i will never forget her smile and laugh..She was always so happy, positive, and loving..Always there when you needed a friend.
  9. Guest: Cortney Reed | Orleans, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    Shelbi, We are thinking and praying for you. Love Riley and Ashley Reed
  10. Guest: Laurie Staver | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    We all love and miss you so much Melissa and will never forget the way you touched each of us. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love ya lady, Laurie & Samantha
  11. Guest: Paige Crites | Scottsburg, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am just heartbroken for all of you.
  12. Guest: Debbie Anderson | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    What a beautiful lady inside and out. Sure will miss her smiling face. Debbie Anderson
  13. Guest: Erin Edwards | Oolitic, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    Melissa - I will miss all of your funny stories and your joyous attitude on life. I still can't believe you're gone. My heart breaks for your family. Know that we love you and miss you dearly.
  14. Guest: Susan Smale | Heltonville, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    She will be missed dearly. She was a great person to work with.
  15. Guest: Sonia Evans | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    Melissa I will miss you at your favorite pasttime,"Bingo"you were also a very very competitive there I am surprised it wasn't listed in your obit.You were a friend the first time we met and I am very saddened that you are gone.God watches over the ones left behind so I am sure little Shelby is in good hands.She will always remind us what a good and dedicated mother you were to her.Miss you friend until we meet again so long.
  16. Guest: denise caswell | bedford, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    shelby and lonnie you both are in my prayers. love you shelby. love miss denise
  17. Guest: mary edmonson poole | mitchell, IN
    Date: July 5, 2011
    Lonnie, I was so sad for you to hear of Melissa's passing. She was a sweet person. Hang in there, the kids will need you. My thoughts are with you, Lonnie .