Melissa Diane Starr, 41, of Gilbert, Arizona was welcomed into her Eternal heavenly home, passing into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. She was born on June 18, 1976, the beautiful, loving and precious daughter of Richard and Linda Starr.

Melissa was the most loving, dedicated and devoted mother to her precious son, Jacob Patrick Starr, who was the best gift she ever received. Melissa’s life was Jacob, who meant everything to her, and he was worth every hardship she ever went through raising him on her own. Melissa sacrificed so much for others and especially for her son. She would always put others first before herself. Melissa was the most selfless person you could ever meet. Her greatest passions in life were her family and friends and helping others in need. She gave up her dreams of becoming a Professional Performer in New York Broadway Musicals to raise her dear and precious son.

Melissa leaves behind her strong and courageous son, Jacob Patrick Starr; her amazing and exceptional parents, Richard and Linda Starr. She also leaves behind her sister, Christina Kozall, her brothers Brian and Joshua Starr; her nieces Caitlyn Starr and Caprice Kozall; and her nephew Brennan Starr. Melissa is preceded in death by both sets of her grandparents Genaro and Rose Paez and Lewis and Helen Starr. All of these she loved and touched her deeply.

A funeral service for Melissa will be held on Thursday, January 11 at 11:00 am, with a buffet to follow, at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona. Visitation hours are Wednesday, January 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.