Malissa Ann Hutchison (Tate), 46, passed away on December 2, 2018 at home surrounded by her family after a five year battle with breast cancer. Malissa was born on November 2, 1972 in Akron, Ohio, where she lived for most of her life. A graduate of East High School, she worked 11 years as a personnel and training coordinator for Walmart in Brimfield, Ohio. Malissa met and instantly loved Thomas Hutchison. They were married on November 1, 2002. Together they were the loving parents to seven furbabies: Bridget, Bonnie, Clyde, Elvis, Sammy, Hunter, and Savannah.
After her initial cancer diagnosis, Malissa combined her love of baking with her lifelong passion for helping others to begin fundraising for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life. She coordinated many bake sales and Nights at the Races events. Malissa was a member of the Mogadore VFW Auxiliary, contributing monthly to their bake sale. Always a fighter, Malissa continued working throughout her chemotherapy and radiation treatment. She was an inspiration to us all and will be solely missed.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George "Farmer" Kolaida and Alma Kolaida (Miller), and father, William Tate Sr.
She leaves alive to keep her loving spirit, husband, Thomas Hutchison; mother, Barbara Holbert; siblings, William Tate Jr., Cynthia Eagle, Tracy Beal, and Brandy Holbert; adopted parents, Dale and Linda Conner; sisters-in-law, Lynette Hutchison and Mary (James) Hodgson; best friend of 40 years, Shonda Watson; god-daughters, Blake and Mary Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial visitation will take place on December 12, 2018 from 4pm until 6pm at Newcomer 131 N. Canton Rd., Akron. Reception will be held immediately following the visitation at Brimfield Family Restaurant 1198 Tallmadge Rd., Kent, OH. Malissa's final resting place will be the Hutchison Cemetery in Cottontree (Roane County) West Virgina.
The family would like to extended special thanks to Dr. Lu and Kris at Akron General Cancer Center, and the girls of hospice for their wonderful care and support.
In lieu of flowers, Malissa requested donations to be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society of Tallmadge - Relay for Life - Walmart Warriors.
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