Melissa S. Divine, 42, of Manhattan, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2011, at Mercy Regional Health Center.
Melissa was born on December 28, 1968, in Junction City, KS the daughter of the late Betty (Stover) and Roger Crowell. She grew up in Alta Vista and attended school in Council Grove. She received her Bachelor's and Master Degree in English Literature from Kansas State University.
She was an instructor in Women's Studies at Kansas State University. She was advocate for Women and Children faced with domestic violence.
Melissa is survived by two sons: Ethan Divine, of Liberty, MO and Connor Divine, of Manhattan, KS;  life partner: Michael T.T. Leonard; life long friends: Clint Strutt and Max Divine; and two sisters: Becky Goss and her husband Todd, of McPherson, KS; Angie Crowell, of McPherson, KS and two nephews: Ty and Kade Goss, of McPherson, KS.
Melissa is preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 25, 2011 at the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, with Pastor Chris Whitacre officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, February 24, 2011 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Education Funds for Ethan and Connor Divine, and left in care of the funeral home.
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