She was born Aug. 26, 1977, in Hayti, Mo., daughter of Beverly Jean Shankle Halford and David Hale of Cape Girardeau.
MeLena loved working with people. She had a gift of being able to talk to and relate to people and as a result was a top salesperson two years in a row.
Also surviving are two daughters, Lara Meyers and Jayma Zerbe of Cape Girardeau; grandmother, Connie Shankle of Portageville, Mo.; a sister, Paige Halford of Cape Girardeau; a nephew, Domanik Kinnison of Cape Girardeau; a niece, Aubrie Erlbacher of Cape Girardeau; two aunts, Tanya (Buddy) Brasher and Paula Morlan of Portageville; many great-aunts and uncles, cousins and other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Paul "Pops" Shankle.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jeremy Clayton officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.