Meleah Joy Flynn

Born: Tue., Nov. 8, 1966
Died: Wed., Jul. 7, 2021


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 11, 2021
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jul. 12, 2021
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

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Meleah Joy Flynn, aged 54, died Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on November 8, 1966 in Sedalia, MO to William and Karen Wybert McKenzie.  She married Allen Lee Roy Flynn on August 20, 1988 in Florissant, MO and he survives.

Meleah graduated from Barry High School in 1985 and then began her lifetime role as a wife and mother.  She worked at Stevenson Elementary School in Bloomington for over 10 years, volunteering for everything until they gave her a paying job as a lunchroom supervisor.  She also served as PTO President for many years and was a youth group leader at First Assembly of God, Normal, IL where she attended.  After returning back to Barry in December 2008, Meleah soon started working alongside Debbie Harshman at The Paper filling many roles during her time there.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Plainville where she served as a Deaconess.  She loved God and faith came first.  She was very passionate about the Barry Apple Festival, serving as Chairman with her husband, Allen and it became a fulltime job.  Meleah orchestrated many things behind the scenes, never needing any recognition or praise for anything she did.  She enjoyed many hours on her porch swing and her true hobby was moving furniture around, frequently at midnight.  Organizing and redoing the house was something she always enjoyed doing.  Meleah’s greatest joys in life were Allen, their children, and their grandchildren and she was very supportive of every event they participated in.  She was quiet but hard headed and very strong and loving.  She will be missed by so many.

She is survived by her loving husband, Allen Flynn; parents, William and Karen McKenzie of Barry, IL; daughters, Kelsie (Keenan) Sappington of Nebo, IL, Alexis (Dan) Williams of Pittsfield, IL and Jordan Flynn of Barry, IL; grandchildren, Haylee Sappington, Addison Sappington, Elijah Sappington, Bryar Sappington, Ariella Williams, and Mireya Williams; brothers, David McKenzie of Carterville, IL and Douglas (Kathy) McKenzie or St. Louis, MO; sister, Amy (Shane) Parrish of St. Louis, MO; sister-in-law, Tressia Fox of Barry, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one child in infancy; grandchildren, Brennan, Genesis, Israel, Isaiah, and Carter Williams; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M.J. McKenzie and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wybert; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Allen and Barbara Flynn.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry.  Interment will follow at Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Blessing Cancer Center c/o Blessing Foundation in honor of Meleah.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Meleah's memory to the following organization:

Blessing Cancer Center

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John and Stacy Clark
   Posted Thu July 08, 2021
Allen and family,
We are so sorry for your loss, may you find peace and comfort through your family and friends who surround you with prayer.
John & Stacy

Tonia Lorenz
   Posted Thu July 08, 2021
I did not know Meleah well, but I saw and appreciated all that she gave so generously to her friends and the community. My deepest sympathies to all who loved her.

Michael and Patricia Smith
   Posted Fri July 09, 2021
Allen, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the comfort of God be with all of you.

Jan Jumper
   Posted Fri July 09, 2021
Allen and girls and your families. I was so sorry to see about Meleah. I remember Meleah as someone who was always to step in and take charge. I knew if she was given a task it would be finished and very well. I also knew that if she did something, Allen would be there too! I never saw either one of you without the other. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Always know that she will be with you in everything you do. That's what mothers like Meleah do. You all were always her pride and joy and she never stopped bragging about all of you. She dearly loved all of you and it showed to everyone who knew her. She will be missed. I am thinking of all of you and know that I am a better person for having known her. I loved her too. Jan Jumper

Jan couillard
   Posted Fri July 09, 2021
Dear Allan and girls, I was so saddened to hear about Meleah’s Passing. She was such a strong and gentle woman who worked tirelessly for her children and Stevenson School. She is now at peace in God’s loving care . Hugs all around for all your family.

Sheri Edwards McGlothlin
   Posted Sat July 10, 2021
I am blessed to have known you. I watched you through your journey as a beautiful, bright, light of our lord Jesus. I could see the love and light of our lord in your eyes.
God bless your family. Tell Jesus for me that I thank him for allowing me to personalky know one of his strongest, most faithfull warriors.
Thank you for your love and testimony
I love you!!!!!!!!!♥️♥️♥️♥️

Sheri McGlothlin
   Posted Sat July 10, 2021

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Bryan and Kim Ash
   Posted Sat July 10, 2021
Allen and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Meleah was an amazing person who positively influenced all she met. She will be greatly missed by all. Sending Prayers 🙏

Jessi Robbins
   Posted Sun July 11, 2021


Your wife will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish. Our Condolences. - Jessi & Jorden

Diana Bowen
   Posted Sun July 11, 2021
God bless you all! He has you all in his arms and will give you comfort forever!

Jayme Horton Young
   Posted Mon July 12, 2021
Meleah was one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Every time I saw her she made a point to tell me how good I looked and that she was proud of me. I’ll never forget the kind words she spoke to me on Halloween last year or all the messages and prayers she sent me. The world lost a very special lady. Love and hugs to all the family. God Bless

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