Mellissa M. Tinker

May 8, 1972-October 22, 2011Mellissa M. Tinker, 39, died suddenly Saturday, October 22, 2011, in Newport. She was born in Worcester, MA on May 8, 1972, the daughter of Harry Burnham and Phyllis "Penny"(Joyner) Horner.She and her family moved to Albany in her early years where she was raised. She attended Lake Region Union High School and had taken several college courses.Missy was talented both in music and in artistic venues. She played the flute and oboe and enjoyed music, dancing, decorating and making jewelry. A very giving person, she will be mised by her many friends as well as her family.She leaves two sons: Alex Duranleau of Castleton State College and Benjamin Duranleau of Newport; her mother, Penny and her husband Bob Horner of Inverness, FL; her father, Harry Burnham of Barton; a sister, Paula Cote of Newport; two brothers, Michael Burnham and his friend Gina Miller of Holland and Douglas Burnham and wife Marry of Irasburg; two step-sisters, Laurie Campbell and friend Burt Goodell of Newport Center and Jackie-Lyn Horner and husband Clifford Dillon of Newport Center; a grandmother, Phyllis Joyner of Inverness, FL; and nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.Private services were held for family at the Albany Village Cemetery with Pastor Nate Strong officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Teen Challenge Vermont, 1296 Collins Hill Road, Johnson, VT 05656-9600. The Malcolm R Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury assisted the family with arrangements.