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Melody Lynn Burns


Melody Lynn Burns, age 61, of Worthington, Ohio passed away on May 19th, 2020.She went peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones, following a 32-year battle with breast cancer. She was born on February 28th, 1959 in Allentown Pennsylvania to the late Linford and Elaine (Knerr) Neimeyer. In 1963 she moved to Marion, Ohio where she later attended Marion Harding High School and studied at the Mansfield Business College. On December 13th, 1980 she married John H. Burns II at Epworth United Methodist Church in Marion, Ohio. Together they shared 39 wonderful years together. She moved to Worthington, Ohio in 1992, where she worked at Victoria’s Secret Catalogue and Jon-Jay Associates. In 1993, she received the Impact Award for her outstanding effort and contribution to Victoria’s Secret Catalogue. The most precious thing to Melody was her family, she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed talking with friends, going for walks in nature, and working on jigsaw and sudoku puzzles. She was very passionate about landscaping and gardening. One of her favorite memories was her trip to Kauai, and ziplining through the beautiful landscapes that were featured in Jurassic Park, which was one of her favorite movies. Melody was a strong, compassionate, snarky woman with a beautiful and unforgettable smile. She was survived by her husband, John; her daughter Joy (Tim) Merryman; her grandchildren, Destiny, Kaylah, Makenna, and Mikey; and her beloved cat Yin Yang. She is loved dearly and will be deeply missed. She is preceded in death by her loving parents and her eldest daughter, Harmony Ridgeway. A celebration of Melody’s life will be held at Marion Cemetery at a later date, in honor of her wishes. Anyone who is interested can stay updated on Melody’s facebook page. Memorial contributions can be made to Cat Welfare at

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  • Denise Hill says:

    John, Joy, Destiny
    Tim and I are so sorry for your loss. Melody was a strong, amazing and caring woman. She fought a long & hard battle. She will be missed. I will miss seeing her working in the yard moving her plants around the yard.
    Just know that we’re here for you all if you need anything.

  • Karen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Melody was an amazing person who lived life to the fullest. She will be missed. Keep all your wonderful memories alive in your hearts always. Lean on your faith at this time to help you through the tough days. Thinking and praying for you all.

  • Ebony Clemmons says:

    May the Lord Jesus comfort your hearts during this difficult time. I send you grace and peace. Her spirit lives on. A beautiful soul.

  • Julie Wink Sayre says:

    John, Joy and Destiny-
    I am holding you close in my heart and prayers. Melody was always such a bright spot of positivity! I always looked forward to her posts as well as her responses to mine. She was SO proud of all of you, and I have no doubt that you will continue to feel her love and support surrounding you when you need it most…..❤️

    Ron and Julie(Wink) Sayre

  • Stuart Knerr says:

    Dear John,Joy, Destiny, Kaylah, Makenna, Michael, Tim,-and Friends, Our sorrow is felt.but we have the Memories of a Wonderful person who was with us for a time ! She was my sister’s only child and we had good times together in the past ! Let us remember the good that she led us to and be thankful . Love you all !

  • Bunny Oakley says:

    Melody was one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever had the privilege to call a friend. Her smile would light up a room and she had the biggest heart. I will truly miss her friendship and humor. John, Joy, Destiny, Kaylah, Makenna and Mikey, please carry all the great times and memories as they will help you through. Love to you all, prayers for comfort and strength.

  • Joyce Smith says:

    I remember meeting you at church in Marion. I also remember when she had that lump. What a time she has been thru but she smiled and was up beat. What a gift from God, Melody was an angel on earth. Anyone who knew her was blessed. I know I was.

  • Scot fenimorw says:

    Jb we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to you and family

  • DixieEvans says:

    Hi John and kids and family and friends. I have been praying for you all. Melody was such a sweet friend to me. She would tell me what herbs to take to help me feel better. Thank you melody. Love you friend. We both love doing sudoku and jigsaw puzzle.. I will be keeping u all in my prayers.

  • Tracy Sansotta says:

    I am truly so sorry for your loss. Melody has been my friend since high school and recently we have been talking so much about our younger selves. She is an amazing spirit and one of a kind. She will be so missed. She loved her family more than words can express and my prayers are with her entire family.

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