Mellissa Michelle Benham, 21, of Manila, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at her home. Born in Osceola, she was a lifelong Manila resident and attended Manila Public Schools.
She is survived by her father and step-mother, Tony and Linda Benham of Manila; her mother and step-father, Deborah and David Cross of Illinois; three brothers, Tony Benham, Jr., Anthony Benham, both of Manila, and Jason Clark of Illinois; two sisters, Jennifer Purnell of Moentte and Sylvia Benham of Manila; her paternal grandmother, Shirley Benham of Manila and her maternal grandparents, Cecil and Brenda Clark of Agnos
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Howard Funeral Chapel in Manila with Rev. Robert White officiating. Burial was in the Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service.