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Conrad, Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn Conrad (Mrs. "B"), 52, of Galesburg, died at 12:25 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 in Galesburg.

She was born March 3, 1961 in Galesburg, the daughter of Clifford L. and Marylinn Montgomery Conrad. She married Benjamin Bickerstaff on August 18, 1979 in Galesburg.

She is survived by her father, Clifford Conrad of Galesburg; a daughter, Emily Bickerstaff of Spokane, Wash.; a granddaughter, Gwynabelle Derry; a grandson, Avery Nelson; two sisters, Starrlinn (and Joe) Klein of Galesburg and Vanessa Conrad of Abingdon; a special friend, Robert Heitt of Galesburg; four nieces; one nephew; two great nieces; and three great nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and a daughter, Elissa Bickerstaff on June 16, 2011.

Melissa worked as a teachers aide for District 205 for 23 years. She attended Galesburg High School and earned an associates degree in child development from Carl Sandburg College. She was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She loved kitty cats.

Cremation will be accorded. Celebration of her life will be 11-1 pm Monday, May 13, 2013 at The Kensington Garden Room. Memorials may be made to the family. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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