Melissa Anne Harpster died by suicide on Monday, September 20, 2021, shortly after her 45th birthday. She was kind-hearted, fiercely independent, hilariously quick-witted, and, most proudly, a loving and dedicated mom. She is survived by her children Bella (14) and Jackson (12), as well as her mother, father, brother, step-father, and ex-husband. She will be terribly missed. Melissa was a proponent of mental health awareness. As she said herself, “Depression, anxiety, all mental health issues/illness are as serious as cancer, heart disease, and other diseases and should be treated as such.” An insidious thing about mental illness is that it can trick someone into not realizing how sick they are or rationalizing the wrong solutions. Please, when you are struggling, ask for help: Your loved ones are desperate to provide it. PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (916-725-2109), directors.
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