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Melissa Joy Best, 37, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, September 3, 2017, at her home. She was born June 14, 1980, in Evansville, Indiana, to Donald K. Ramsey and Linda (Sallee) VanWay.

Melissa spent her youth being an individual and passionate about her beliefs. She received an associate degree in photography from Ivy Tech in 2000. Melissa was well known for being an avid lover of music, photography and pets. She spent most of her adult life surrounded by the love of animals and her family.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Wanda and Bob Sallee and Charlie Ramsey, and her very special aunt, Nan.

Melissa is survived by her two children, Raven Cimbalnik of Evansville and Zeke Best of Rochelle, GA; parents, Linda and Jerry VanWay of Evansville and Don and Barb Ramsey of Rochelle, GA; grandmother, Bea Ramsey of Newburgh and fiancé, Jack Wood of Evansville.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at Alexander North Chapel, officiated by Pastor Alan Ramsey, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Wednesday from 9:30 until service time at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Vanderburgh Humane Society. Condolences may be made online at