Melissa A.D. Sifford

Melissa A.D. Sifford, 45, of Atchison formerly of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 12, 1966, at Fort Leavenworth, the daughter of Samuel and Alicia (Miller) Sifford.

Melissa A.D. Sifford

Melissa graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1984. She enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1991 and served until 1996. After discharge she worked for the department of defense as a Metrologist.

In 2005 she met Kenneth V. Parris and they were married in 2009. He survives at the home. She is also survived by their three year old son, Samuel Edward Parris of the home; her parents Alicia Sifford of Leavenworth and Samuel Sifford of Lansing; her sisters, Deborah Sifford-Lindstrom, Belinda Sifford; her brothers, Timothy Sifford and Jeffrey Sifford.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Joseph of the Valley Church with Rev. George Bertels as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Saint Luke’s Hospice.