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Melissa Austin

November 27, 1972 — August 13, 2021

West Monroe, LA

Melissa Hope Barton Austin, 48, of West Monroe, LA and formerly of Brevard, NC passed away August 13, 2021 at her home in Louisiana.  She was a daughter of James “Jake” Barton of Brevard, NC and the late Beth Barton who died December 17, 2007.

Melissa attended Blue Ridge Community College where she studied Cosmetology and worked in the Brevard area for several years before moving away.  She settled in Louisiana, married, and expanded her family.  She loved having her dogs with her and she enjoyed crocheting and making quilts-anything with arts and crafts made her happy.

She is survived by her husband Nicholas Austin of West Monroe, LA., three sons: Kolby Laughter, Brandon Austin and Caleb Austin, one daughter; Shelby Laughter, one brother; James (Josh) Barton and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Melissa will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, August 23, 2021 in the Chapel of Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations with Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory.

In lieu of flowers memorial mays be made to Transylvania County Humane Society, 159 W. Main Street, Brevard, NC  28712.

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