Melissa Sue Worton


Melissa Sue Worton, 43, of Columbus, passed away on June 28, 2022, at her home. She was born on November 11, 1978, in Columbus, Indiana to Charles Mode Burns and Martha Lue Houchens Burns. She married Sebert Worton on September 14, 2012.

Melissa was a fun, loving woman who enjoyed many activities like swimming and spending her time with kids, grandkids, and family. She also enjoyed hummingbirds, gardening, and Bret Michaels of the band Poison.

Melissa is survived by her parents, Martha and Charles Burns, of Columbus, IN; spouse, Sebert Worton, of Columbus, IN; children, Christopher (Joelene) Howard, of Elizabethtown, IN; Tyler (Lindsey) Howard, of Columbus, IN; Kayla Burns, of Columbus, IN; Brooklyn Worton, of Columbus, IN; brothers, Jason (Brittany) Burns, of Columbus, IN; Charles “Moe” Burns, of Columbus, IN; and Nathan Burns, of Columbus, IN; grandchildren, Mylah Ditmer, Kahleesi Hendrickson, Leeland Howard, Jonathan Mings, and Ryker Howard; Aunt, Charlene Houchens; cousins, Karen (Richard) Sizemore, Shawn and Marcus Hupp, and Juana and Raquel Zapo; and her faithful, four-legged companion, Rocky.

She is preceded in death by an aunt, Phillis Shrum, a cousin, Jennifer Zapo, and a sister, Melissa Meredith.

Visitation is from 4 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home. The funeral service is at 1 pm on Thursday, July 7, 2022, also at the funeral home. Father-in-law and Pastor Joe Worton will be officiating the service, and burial at Flatrock Baptist Cemetery will immediately follow the service.

Donations may be made to the funeral home for Melissa’s funeral expenses.

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