Obituary: Melissa Robinson

Melissa L. Robinson, 54, of Wichita, formerly of Conway Springs, died Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
She was born April 18, 1965, at Hannibal, Mo., to Jay Steven Robinson and Nelwyn Elaine (Ward) Robinson. Melissa moved with her family to Conway Springs at the age of 1 year. She attended Conway Springs public schools and graduated from Conway Springs High School with the class of 1983. She continued her education at Oklahoma City University.
Melissa began working in the entertainment business and music theater before moving to New York to work as a nanny. She returned to Kansas before moving to Waycross, Ga., for a short time.
Her love of music led her to forming a rock-and-roll band known as Somebody’s Sister. The band played in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas, where they eventually opened for Credence Clearwater Revival and Iron Butterfly.
Melissa’s life was music and she became the elite karaoke host in the Wichita area working many events, parties and weddings for several years.
She also worked in the aircraft industry for Globe Engineering and eventually at Textron, where she worked in the interior of airplanes as an upholsterer.
Melissa was a member of the First Baptist Church, Conway Springs.
She was preceded in death by her mother and a great niece Eleanor Robinson.
Melissa is survived by her father Jay Robinson of Wichita; two brothers, Dennis Robinson of Edmond, Okla., and Marc Robinson and wife Jennifer of Viola; one sister, Debbie Robinson of Andover; her nieces and nephews, Jeremy, Clint (Elaine), Kyle (Andrea), Andrea (Brandon), Tyler (Jessica), Christine (Patrick), Ryan, CeCe (Sheldon), Annie and Garrett; her great-nieces and nephews; and a number of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Wichita, with the Rev. Jeff Gannon officiating.
Arrangements are by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guest book are available www.ebersolemortuary.com.
A memorial has been established with Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Wichita.