Melissa J. Gilliland, 60, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 25th at her
home, surrounded by family and close friends. She was predeceased by her mother,
Delores “Dee” Stewart. She is survived by her wife, Donita Overton, nephew Brayden
Johnson, father J. Richard “Dick” Gilliland, step-mother Lilly, brother Jim, nephews
Josh and Zach, nieces Breanna, Kylee and Addie, the entire Overton family and many
close friends and beloved pets.
She retired as a Lieutenant with the Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Department and had also
honorably served in the U.S. Army National Guard. She was an avid Ohio State fan and
enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with her many close friends. She was a
generous and loving soul to all who knew her.
Sincere thanks to EverHeart Hospice for their care and support through such a difficult
A Celebration of Life will be held at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home, 311 W. Main St.,
Cridersville, OH 45806 on Saturday, February 3rd from 2-4 pm. Food will be provided.
We encourage donations to The James Cancer Center ℅ The Ohio State University
Foundation P.O Box 710811, Columbus, OH 43271-0811 or by donating a tree in
Melissa’s name through the funeral home website at bayliffandson.com.