Melissa Gail Dunham, 42, was born in Akron and a resident of Hartville with her 3 children, Renee, Amber, and Evan. She graduated from Lake Local schools and Westminster College, later earning her MBA at Kent State and Master’s in Tax at the University of Akron. She was employed at Bober Markey Fedorovich, where she recently made partner. Melissa was a member of the Girl Scouts of NEO, CSS, and the Cleveland Tax Club. She was the recipient of the Greater Akron Chamber 30 for the Future Award, as well as the Women of Professional Excellence Award. She enjoyed walking her dogs and staying active, and was dedicated to her family and community service.
Renee Elizabeth, 15, Amber Nicole, 12, and Evan Nicholas, 9, were all born in Akron and attended Lake Local Schools. Renee attended Lake High School and was a member of Girl Scouts of NEO, Lake Marching Band, Jazz Band, and the Lake YMCA Titans. She loved reading, videogames, and drawing. Amber attended Lake Middle School and was a member of Girl Scouts of NEO, band, cross country, and the Lake YMCA Titans. She loved sequins, glitter and sparkles, creating fashion, and baking. Evan attended Lake Elementary and was a member of Boy Scouts of NEO and the Lake YMCA Titans. He enjoyed Legos, baseball, videogames, reading, and could solve a Rubix cube in two minutes. All three loved anything that included their family and animals. They are all survived by Melissa’s parents, Tim and Bonnie Murphy; Melissa’s sister, Valerie (Bryan) Murphy-Daugherty; and extended family and community.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 31st at 7 p.m. at Evermore Community Church, 1470 Smith Kramer St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632. The service will be livestreamed at evermorecc.org/livestreams and the Evermore Community Church Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of the Dunham family may be made to Boy Scouts of NEO (donations.scouting.org), Girl Scouts of NEO (gsneo.org/donate), Lake Community Swim (ymcastarkcounty.sgasoftware.com) or Love Our Community (loveourcommunity.net). There is no official Go Fund Me page.