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Dr. Melissa Ann Garcia Ireland, born May 17th, 1984 of Norman, OK passed away January 28th, 2018. Melissa was born and raised in Norman by her loving parents - Tracy and Milagros Ireland. Melissa graduated from Norman North High School in 2003 as valedictorian and then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, where she graduated with a Doctorate in Pharmacy receiving highest honors. Melissa was a practicing Pharmacist at St. Anthony's Hospital in OKC. Melissa loved music, she was a highly skilled piano player and an amazing drummer. She displayed her musical talents on the Norman North High School marching band and was the star drummer in her teenage rock band "Anytime Soon." Melissa also enjoyed traveling and adventures around the world. She was a certified scuba diver and was a frequent traveler to the Philippines where she would visit her extended family whom she loved dearly. Melissa had a passion for sports, as she played soccer and basketball in her adolescent years and became a diligent collector of sports memorabilia, collecting selfies, jerseys, balls, cards, and shoes signed by professional basketball and football athletes. Melissa enjoyed OU sports and was a proud Oklahoma City Thunder fan and season ticket holder. On many nights you could find her smiling in the arena cheering on the Thunder and getting autographs after the game. She loved attending comedy shows, concerts, and art shows. Melissa also loved animals, especially her two cats - Feist and Fiona - whom she adopted at the Second Chance Shelter in Norman. She never missed a birthday, Christmas, or Holiday celebration and always gave a personalized gift with a beautifully written card to the celebrant. Melissa was funny, talented, and incredibly kind and generous. Melissa is survived by her loving parents- Tracy and Milagros Ireland, her two brothers - James Timothy and Jason Ireland, sister-in-laws Micthea Ireland and Melissa Sideco, nephews Mason, Jeremy, and Miles Ireland, and partner Lynn Costa. Melissa's services have been placed in the care of Havenbrook Funeral Home.

We love you Melissa and you will always be with us as our beautiful angel!!!!!!!

Melissa's wonderful spirit, joy, and talent will be celebrated at a rosary prayer service and viewing at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St, Norman, OK 73072 on Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30 PM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial the following day on Thursday, February 1st at 10:30 AM at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 3939 W. Tecumseh Rd, Norman, OK 73072. The burial services will be held shortly thereafter at St. Joseph Catholic cemetery and lunch will be served after the burial at St. Mark's. Please visit www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com to share stories and condolences.
Published on January 30, 2018
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