Melissa Marie Broadnax was born November 24, 1975, in Cleveland,
Ohio, to David and Mary Ellen Arnold, the second of three children.
She grew up in Cleveland, attending Cleveland Public Schools until she
switched to a homeschool program from which she graduated. While
attending John Hay High School, she discovered an interest in the
medical field in which she cultivated a career in nursing, culminating in
Raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Melissa decided to dedicate her
life to Jehovah and was baptized on October 21, 1989, along with her
brothers. Thereafter, she served as a full-time minister for a time,
teaching others about the wonderful hope for the future which Jehovah
has promised is soon to come. Sometime later, because of her love for
her God, she served with a Russian congregation in Florida briefly.
Melissa married Tom Broadnax on June 10, 1995, and from that union
three children were born: Tom (Tre) Broadnax III, Alyson, and David (DJ)
Broadnax. A few years after Tre was born, Tom and Melissa moved to
the St. Petersburg area of Florida to live until her death on September
She is survived by Tom and their three children: Tre (Dilean), Alyson,
and DJ; her mother and step-father, Mary Ellen and Terrence Rainey;
older brother Wade (Dionna); younger brother Wesley (Crystal); niece
and nephew, Jasmine and Jared; along with many other beloved family
members including aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and
friends too numerous to mention.