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Melissa "Missy" Anne Walkup

April 11, 1980 October 3, 2022
Melissa "Missy" Anne Walkup
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Obituary for Melissa "Missy" Anne Walkup

Melissa “Missy” Anne Walkup, 42, of Machesney Park, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 3, 2022 after a brave struggle following complications from having cerebral palsy.

Born April 11, 1980, in Sarasota, FL to Denise Marie Walkup. She moved to Illinois in 1983. Missy graduated from Harlem High School Special Education Program, and attended Barbara Olson Center of Hope for over twenty years. She was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Loves Park.

Missy loved her Grandma Deloras to the moon and back and is happily together with her again in heaven. She is survived by her “Mama Denise” who is lost without her girl and looks for the day when they can be together again. Also survived by special great aunts, Hazel Moore of Winnebago and Wilma Armstrong of Sarasota, FL; legal guardians Bob and Kim (Moore) Alexander of Winnebago; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

“Missy will always be remembered for her contagious laugh and having the best hugs. She could light up a room and warm your heart with a smile,” quoted from teachers and caregivers at Barbara Olson Center of Hope. Special thanks to Ms. Lisa and Ms. Cecily.

Special thanks to Hospice nurse Cindy and caregiver Jessica at the Illinois House in Davis Junction, IL, Melissa’s final residence.

Celebration of life 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2022 at Barbara Olson Center of Hope, 3206 N. Central Ave., Rockford, IL 61101.

In lieu of flowers, please send monetary donations to the Barbara Olson Center of Hope. Cremation rites are accorded.

Arrangements by Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. For an online obituary and tributes go to

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Celebration of Life




10:30 AM 11/4/2022 10:30:00 AM
Barbara Olson Center of Hope

3206 N. Central Ave.
Rockford, IL 61101

Barbara Olson Center of Hope
3206 N. Central Ave. Rockford 61101 IL
United States

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