Melissa Sue Oaks

Melissa Sue Oaks, 43, of Fort Madison, Iowa, passed away at 3:33 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2023, at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She was born on January 28, 1980, in Joliet, Illinois, the daughter of David and Mildred (Chapman) Palmer. On September 16, 2000, she married Larry Haynes in Burlington, Iowa. They later divorced. On September 11, 2020, she married Taylor Oaks in Pensacola, Florida.

Survivors include her husband: Taylor; three children: Serenity Haynes of Donnellson, Iowa, Faith (Phil) Rudd of Cramlington, England and John David Oaks of Fort Madison, Iowa; mother: Mildred “Cindy” Donovan of Joliet, Illinois; brothers Marvin Jones of Crest Hill, Illinois and Jon Jones of Fort Madison, Iowa. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and father.

Melissa received her Bachelors degree in Nursing from Southeastern Community College in Keokuk, Iowa. She worked for Birkwood Village in Fort Madison, Iowa. She enjoyed traveling, sunshine and reading. Most of all she loved being a wife, mother and nurse.

Her body has been entrusted to Schmitz Funeral Home for cremation.

Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon, Friday, April 28, 2023, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. that evening.

A memorial has been established in her memory.

Schmitz Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at