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1934 Melissa 2020

Melissa Drone

November 12, 1934 — April 3, 2020

Melissa Drone, age 85, longtime Ridgway resident passed on this life, peacefully April 3, 2020 in Brookstone Estates surrounded by her family.  Melissa was born on November 12, 1934 in Ridgway to the late Wilburn and Agnes (Morrison) Farris.  On November 7, 1957 she married the love of her life, Non Drone who preceded her in death in 1998.

Melissa was a faithful member of the St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway.  She worked for many years as the secretary for the Ridgway News and Gallatin Democrat newspapers

Melissa is survived by her son, Derwin Drone of Ridgway, daughters, Mary (Dave) Eubanks of Ridgway and Victoria (Chris) Wargel of Ridgway.  Grandchildren  Ladonna (Orhan) Cingilli, Jimmy (Jaime) Goebel, Justin (Krystal) Drone, Michelle (Sydney) Hollaway, Gannon Wargel and Preston Wargel.  Great Grandchildren Savanna Kitchen, Sierra Cingilli, Noah Cingilli, Reagan Goebel, Greyson Goebel, Alexis Barnes, Zachary Barnes, Klayton Drone, Kolten Drone, Nate Moore, Hailey Hollaway, Liam Hollaway and Maverick Hollaway and one great grandchild, Georgia Kitchen. Brother in law, Don Drone, Sisters in Law, Barbara Farris, Lady Roe Farris, and Genevieve Farris.  Preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers, Richard, Wilburn (Bud), Bernie, Bertis, and William Farris.  Sisters, Mary Ellen Bates and Margaret Barnett.

In Compliance with COVID-19 public safety measures, the service will be private.  She will be laid to rest in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ridgway next to husband.  Fr. Steven Beatty will preside over the service

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to any of the following:

St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Ridgway
St. Kateri Catholic Church, Ridgway
Ridgway Fire Department
Hospice of Southern Illinois
Mass Donations to St. Kateri Church

You may send these for the family in care of,
Cox & Son Funeral Home
P.O. Box 201
Ridgway, IL  62979

Services are entrusted to the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway where you may leave a note of comfort at

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