The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Aryanne Westfall, The Quill

Melissa Cheely

Melissa Cheely, who is 38 years old, was born on July 22nd, 1979 in Burlington and raised in Stronghurst. She has two children who are 17 and 14 years of age.

Melissa currently works at Federal-Mogul Corporation as an Auditor in Burlington. Other occupations she had throughout life include being a night auditor, a housekeeper, a cook, etc

Melissa went to high school at Southern and graduated from Dallas City, she then attended Southeastern Community College for a short time.

While in high school, Melissa played volleyball and enjoyed hanging out with her friends or siblings. She has 4 sisters and 3 brothers in both her adopted and blood-related family.

Melissa currently lives in Stronghurst with her children but plans to move outside of Oquawka this summer with her boyfriend, Damion Collins, and his son, Konar Collins, to buy their first home. She also plans to take a family trip to Chicago. "We're going to see Cloud Gate, the local beaches, the Sugar Factory, and much more. Everyone is excited to go and so am I. We don't get to travel often, but this is a great opportunity for the family to learn and bond."

Her hobbies include reading and swimming. She also enjoys watching shows like "Black Ink Crew" and "Vanderpump Rules". Melissa is a natural when it comes to multi-tasking and she works hard as a single mother to provide for her children. She is a strong independent woman who is providing and forgiving to others.

Melissa Cheely's mother is Betty Grau of Stronghurst.