Melanie Beth Harrison, 'Mel' or 'Nawnee', passed away on September 24th, 2021 at 4:18 am, at the age of 49. Melanie was born in Urbana, Illinois on November 30th, 1971 to Rosa Marie Williams and James Edward Harrison. She was the third child of six children, including her two half sisters. In 1976, at the age of 5, she moved to Great Falls, Montana with her family where she remained for the rest of her life and grew her own family. Melanie graduated from Great Falls High School in 1990. She went on to study nursing at Montana State University and graduated college in early 2000. Melanie was a wonderful, loving, and supporting mother of 4 children, Brianna, Shelby, Jared, and Rylee. She also had 5 grand children, Emmett, Margaret, Scarlett, Kai, and Brooklyn. Each and every one of her kids and grandkids were her pride and joy. For countless years, Melanie spent working as a nurse at the Foot and Ankle Clinic, which she absolutely loved. Melanie underwent many hardships, being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre in 2005. Despite being made a quadriplegic, she fought hard against the odds and after so many years of therapy was successful in learning to walk again. Against all odds, she moved out of a wheelchair, to a walker, and to a cane. It was only due to another relapse of her neurological disorder that she lost her ability to walk again. Through all her medical issues, she proved that strength really comes from within and that persistence can conquer over anything. She defied all odds, and always stepped up to the challenge when someone told her she couldn't do something. Melanie have been one of the most stubborn people you could have ever met, but she was also the most selfless, genuine, and generous woman. No one could ever deny how brave and how unbelievably strong she was. She faced every challenge head on, and never backed down. She was so adventurous and was never afraid to try anything at least once. Melanie was known for her incredible love that she willingly gave to anyone. She was a light in any life that she came into, and no one can deny the impact she left on the people in her life as well as the entire community. Through all her hardships, she still loved and was so positive. Melanie loved all things purple, all things wonder woman, elephants, and any sort of bargain. She spent many of her weekends with her kids and mother going to garage sales, experiencing farmers market, or bouncing between pawn shops. She was one to give the clothes off her back before leaving someone in need. It is undeniable the impact that she made, and the countless, precious memories that she made with so many people. She will be missed dearly by many people. A celebration of life will be hosted for Melanie on Friday, October 1nd, 2021 at Black Eagle Community Center at 4 pm.
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