Melissa Anne (Ehmen) Justice

Jun 5, 2018
Justice, Melissa


Family directed memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the South Waterloo Church of the Brethren (6227 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo, IA)


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, June 8 at the Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family


Melissa Anne (Ehmen) Justice, 46, of Waterloo and formerly of Reno, NV, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home, after a long courageous battle with brain cancer.

She was born in Iowa City on January 23, 1972; the daughter of Dallas Henry and Debra Jean Halligan Ehmen.

Melissa graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1990, she attended University of Northern Iowa and the University of Nevada Reno, and she graduated with a pre-professional degree in Physical Therapy from UNI in 1994.

Melissa married Tommy Leo Justice, Jr. on March 18, 2005 in Reno, NV.

She worked as a bartender most recently at Isle of Capri, and previously had worked at Harrah’s and Planet Hollywood in Reno, NV and Junie’s restaurant.

Melissa was very artistic. She made many types of crafts, such as candles and stained glass. She loved sports, especially the Chicago Black Hawks, Cubs, and Bears. She enjoyed bowling, snowboarding, camping, cooking, baking, and gardening.

Melissa is survived by her husband, Tommy Leo Justice, Jr.; her parents, Dallas and Debbie Ehmen; son, Dallas E. Justice at home; daughter, Mya Justice of Waterloo; daughter, Tyler (Dean) Tancre of Cedar Falls; son, Tommy Justice, III of Waterloo; a grandson, Fletcher Tancre, and a grandson on the way; sister, Jill (Paul) Collins of Waterloo; sister, Susan (David) Winklebleck of Palatine, IL; grandmothers, Betty Halligan and Betty Ehmen both of Waterloo; and in-laws, Dave and Sandy Kennedy of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

She was preceded in death by her two grandfathers, Leo C. Halligan and George Ehmen; and uncle, Charles Halligan.

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  1. Kathy Clarke | Jul 01, 2018

    Hugs and kisses to the family. You stood by her side fighting right along with her. I hope you can fight on without her. 


  2. Ashleigh | Jun 10, 2018
    i am better for having know Melissa, she was one of the most beautiful and happy people I have ever known. Almost all of my memories from my mid 20’s to early 30’s include Mel in a big way. My heart goes out to Her whole family and i know she is smiling down on you all. So much love to you Mel❤️
  3. Allen, Betty and Chris | Jun 09, 2018
    Our Love and Condolences To All! We are so sorry to hear such sad news. Prayers and Much Love sent your way!
  4. Ken and Pam Essmann | Jun 08, 2018
    So sorry for your precious loss. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.
  5. Nancy M Bartlett | Jun 07, 2018
    Sending love & prayers to her family.  Remembering  when Missy was about  8 and 9, she  would cross the street to visit her aunt, uncle and cousins,including myself.  Always smiling, and happy.  Sometimes I felt like an older sister to her at the time, which was great because she was/is  someone you enjoyed being around.    She will be missed,  but shes in a beautiful place
  6. Nancie Smith-Dobyns | Jun 07, 2018
    your suffering is over dear girl but you have left us with many Precious Memories and your smile will still infect others here on Earth. I will send healing hugs to your family and I know you will be watching over them. May Deb and Dallas be kept and healing thoughts I know that many are sharing their loss with them. You fought a gallant fight and with it you did it with a smile. I love you my dear girl and I will miss you forever, what's your smile will be with me forever.
  7. Tamara Costa | Jun 06, 2018
    My heart is broken. I have nothing but good memories of Melissa. She had such a beautiful smile and spirit. Everytime I hear Brada Iz I think of her and Tommys wedding. Everything about her was unique. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I feel blessed for having known her and will always keep her in my heart. My prayers are with you all. I'm so sorry for your loss. She was loved by so many.
  8. Brooke Trent | Jun 06, 2018
    Amanda, Lisa and family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you the strength, peace and patience only He can bring during this difficult time. Much love. 
  9. Carol Slaughter | Jun 06, 2018
    Im so sorry to hear this.  She was such a bright light.   Ill always remember her smile.  My thoughts an prayers are with her family and kids. 
  10. Chris N | Jun 06, 2018

    sorry for your loss


  11. Julie Vogen Beck | Jun 06, 2018
    Melissa was such an outgoing and personable bartender who really cared about her customers! She was so much fun and had such a friendly, bubbly personality! Everyone just loved her!  We were absolutely devastated when she got ill and even moreso now that shes gone. She will forever be in our hearts🙏She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved her!
  12. Shannon Korsi | Jun 06, 2018
    Her smile was infectious and she loved life! We missed her so when she left the Isle.  She was a warrior until the end and will be forever grateful that I had the pleasure to know such an amazing soul! May you forever hold on to the memories made. 
  13. Jenny Wells | Jun 06, 2018

    I will miss my friend... 😢 May you rest peacefully sweetheart... ❤😔  Love to all of you!! 😘❤💜 XOXO

    GO CUBBIES!!! 😁 ❤💙⚾

  14. Brent Winterberg | Jun 06, 2018
    Dallas and Deb, my heart goes out to you and your family.  She had such a great smile.   
  15. Shannon | Jun 06, 2018
    Rest now, beautiful soul. 
  16. Smed | Jun 06, 2018
    Didnt know her well, but everytime I saw her she treated melike she knew me forever, she will be missed by many!:(
  17. Smed | Jun 06, 2018
    Didnt know her that well, but every time i saw her she would come up to me like we knew each other forever!  Very nice girl, she will be missed by many:(
  18. Jane and Rick | Jun 06, 2018
    Prayers go out to Tommy and family! We know thatshe is peaceful and an angel in heaven!! We loved her so much! Keep her memories close to our ❤️!
  19. Dawn | Jun 06, 2018
    Please know that we are praying for you all.  So very sorry.
  20. Amy (Elliott) Casey | Jun 06, 2018
    Thoughts and prayers to the family. I went to West High with Melissa, played basketball with her and graduated with her. She was such a bright and funny person to be around. She will be missed very much and the world lost a great person, but heaven gains a beautiful soul..
  21. Kim | Jun 06, 2018
    So sorry for your loss. I can't wait until a time were there is no more sickness or death. (Rev 21:3,4) 

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