Melissa Gaylene Suttee Paulk
”1954 - 2022”

    Melissa Gaylene Suttee Paulk

    If I should die
    Be not like others, sore undone, who keep
    Long vigils by the silent dust, and weep.
    For my sake - turn again to life and smile,
    Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do
    Something to comfort other hearts than thine.
    Complete those dear unfinished tasks of mine
    And I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
      A. Price Hughes

      Melissa Gaylene Suttee Paulk of Norman, Oklahoma, was called Home to Heaven on November 2, 2022, at the age of 68. Melissa was born in Vinita, Oklahoma, on August 27, 1954, the daughter of Lewis Suttee and Eva Lorraine Long.
      Melissa was a sweet, loving person with a caring and generous heart. She explored many interests and hobbies in her life. She was a big fan of OU football, never missing a game, and she enjoyed bowling, and cooking, known for her legendary Thanksgiving dinners.
      She also enjoyed attending services at her church and loved singing “Build My Mansion” in church, along with her husband, Stephen. She loved angels and had an impressive collection that she loved adding to, and she also a lifelong soft spot for animals, rescuing and feeding many neighborhood strays, birds, and squirrels over the years. More than anything in her life, Melissa cherished her family. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend to many. She will be dearly missed.
      Melissa is survived by her loving family, including her husband of 27 years, Stephen Paulk, her son, Eric Ballard and his wife, Shanee, two stepdaughters, Stephanie Frey, and Tiffenie Roybal, a stepson, Mike Paulk, one sister, DeeAnn Cox, along with eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, her beloved cat, Mitchell, and many more loving family members and dear friends.
      Resource:John M. Ireland and Son Funeral Home

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