Melissa Sue (Gray) Darling

September 28, 1971 - April 25, 2017

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Tuesday, May 02, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Tuesday, May 02, 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Melissa Sue (Gray) Darling, 45, of Rome City passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Parkview Regional Medical Center as the result of a motorcycle accident that occurred on Monday at U.S. 6 and County Road 19 near Corunna.

She was born September 28, 1971, in Fort Wayne to Wilton and Myrlee (Sizemore) Gray. They survived in Rome City.

On September 21, 2010, in Kendallville she married Jason Darling. He survives in Kendallville.

She earned her degree as a Registered Nurse from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne. She had worked at Kendallville Manor Nursing and Rehab in Kendallville, Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, and Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Melissa enjoyed music, singing, and playing the guitar. Being a creative person, she wrote poetry and music. But, most of all, she loved the water and being outside whether she was camping, fishing, or sitting around a bonfire.

She was always thinking of and doing for others. Her last act of kindness was to give the gift of life through organ donation.

Also surviving are a daughter, Kelsey Parsons of Fort Wayne; a son, Brennen Parsons of Rome City; two brothers, Joel (Emilee Treesh) Gray of Rome City and Justin (Casey) Gray of Rome City; two stepdaughters; two nephews, Devyn Gray and Michael Gray; and numerous loving family members.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Gray; a sister, Tina Gray; and her grandparents.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Larry Anglemyer, Sr. of Hilltop Baptist Church in Rome City officiating. Burial will be in Woodruff Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearer will be Devyn Gray. Active pallbearers will be Kelsey Parsons, Brennen Parsons, Jason Darling, Joel Gray, Justin Gray, Mike Lewis, John Smart, and Joshua Bauman.

Calling is Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the family or to the Brain Injury Association of Indiana.

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Guest Book

Pawnee Rowe
June 4th, 2020 12:02pm
2707 waynedale Blvd. Ft Wayne

She will always be in our heart

Malaki Jeffries ( son of Emilee Treesh)
May 11th, 2018 5:11pm

I miss you Melissa its been hard with out you. I miss you. You were the best. 💖❤️😭

nikki keller
May 10th, 2017 4:24am
fort wayne in

baby girl i am so sorry god i didnt kno yoi will always be in my heart every time i hear slipknot i will always think of u i wish we could go back to the day we met I am so sorry for your loss she was so amazing she was the most loving person ever i wish we all could be more like her

Amanda Pinette
May 2nd, 2017 2:48pm
Kendallville Indiana

My condolences to you all...i only met her a few times...she was a sweet lady who would do anything for anyone...y'all are in my thoughts and prayers..

Steve Parsons Sr.
May 1st, 2017 6:24pm
Fremont , Indiana

So sorry for your loss . Warm hugs and prayers to the family .

Alissa Thompson
May 1st, 2017 2:09pm

Your going to be dearly missed by very many! I wish i could of seen you one last time before you went, but ill have to just wait until we meet again!

Tina Witham
May 1st, 2017 12:45pm
Shipshewana, IN

Condolences to the entire Gray/Darling family. Although I did not personally know Melissa, I work at Champion Home Builders and want you to know we are all thinking of your family at this difficult time. We pray for peace and healing for you each.

Yvonne Golden
May 1st, 2017 1:50am
Simpsonville, SC

So very sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love and hugs to all. God Bless and comfort you.

Great Aunt Trish
April 30th, 2017 10:34pm
Cincinnati, Oh

Big HUGs to you all. God Bless

April 29th, 2017 11:16pm

So sorry for your loss prayers to you all

Ed Evans
April 29th, 2017 3:03pm
Wichita, Kansas

So sorry for your loss.

Lisa Riddle & Mark Cannon
April 29th, 2017 2:26pm
Cromwell, In.

There are no words that can comfort a family with a loss as great as this. I don't understand how this world will ever become a better place when the very souls that light it up and make it worth living in, are taken away far far too early. I will keep the whole family in my thoughts and I pray they find comfort in knowing that Melissa left a permanent mark on this world and huge, unfillable hole in the hearts of everyone who was lucky enough to have known her. 💔

Shane, Sarah,Tyler,Miranda & Tanner Russ
April 29th, 2017 2:44am
Albion Indiana

We love you and your always in our prayers!

Kim and Gene Shatto
April 29th, 2017 2:31am

We are so sorry for your loss. Melissa was loved by many. May you feel the love, support, and peace that are being prayed up for you.

Julie Stacy Rodriguez
April 29th, 2017 2:28am
Kendaville indiana

I was blessed with memories of a childhood friend and the beautiful woman she became I love ya girl God be with your family

Neil Gleason
April 29th, 2017 2:23am
Palm coast, FL

Beloved cousin and best friend to anyone lucky enough she will be missed dearly.

Cyndi Fetrow (granddaugter of Bob & Ruth
April 28th, 2017 7:35pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts.

Pauline Sizemore
April 28th, 2017 7:33pm

I love you Melissa. I'm so glad we got to talk recently.

Jordan and Michael Thompson
April 28th, 2017 7:31pm

Fly high beautiful

Cindy Wilks
April 28th, 2017 7:28pm

Mylree and family, so to read about your daughters passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Cindy Rae "dammit" Wilks