Melissa Dunn Memorial

Funds donated here will be used to funeral expenses for Melissa and to continue providing for the education of her son, Jacob. 

Melissa passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 6, 2020. While she had suffered for many years from chronic severe migraines, to the point where she was classified as medically disabled and relied greatly on her beloved service dog, Zoey. That Friday morning, Melissa started having seizures at home. We immediately called 911 and an ambulance was dispatched, but when they got her to the hospital, she was unresponsive and could not be revived.

While we had unknowingly been led in various steps over the past few months to put us into a better situation for this — such as going from 2 cars to 1 — other factors have limited us. The job that I had for 3 years with a large employer that provided good benefits was eliminated on July 10 due to the pandemic. I was able to find full-time work soon after, but it’s with a startup that isn’t yet able to provide benefits — I pay for our health insurance completely out-of-pocket.

We know that we’ll have large expenses for the funeral, as well as ensuring that I’ll be able to continue supporting Jake in his online schooling, now that his Mom, his primary supporter, encourager, and organizer is gone. We greatly appreciate any and all contributions.

DUNN, Melissa Anne - Age 46, of Flint, died Friday, November 6, 2020. A memorial service will be held 3PM Tuesday, November 10, at South Baptist Church, 4091 Van Slyke Road, Flint Township. Pastor Scott Snyder officiating. Visitation will be held 1PM until time of service at the church. Arrangements provided by Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek. Melissa was born October 20, 1974 in Voorhees, NJ. She married Nathan Dunn in Greenville, SC, on June 14, 1997. Melissa loved teaching and crafts, including sewing, quilting, knitting, and crocheting. Surviving are: husband, Nathan Dunn, and son, Jacob Dunn, of Flint Township; parents, Gary (Kim) Van Der Linden of Virginia and Nancy Van Der Linden of Arizona; sister, Amy Van Der Linden of Arizona; stepbrothers, Brian (Jessica) Stewart and Kevin Stewart of Virginia; parents-in-law, Randall and Veronica Dunn of Davison; brother-in-law, Curtis (Annie) Dunn of Burton; sister-in-law, Kristi Dunn of Colorado; niece and nephews Audrey, Cole, and Cyrus Dunn, and William and Jackson Stewart; her beloved and faithful service dog, Zoey; and hundreds of students and friends from her years as a teacher at Bendle Middle School, Grand Blanc Academy, and Faith Baptist School. Tributes may be shared at

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Nathan Dunn
Flint, MI

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