Melodee Sue (Hively) Johnston

July 17, 1955 ~ September 25, 2020 (age 65)


YOUNGSTOWN – Melodee Sue Johnston, 65, of Columbiana, passed away unexpectedly Friday afternoon, September 25, 2020 at Mercy Health Care Center in Youngstown.

Melodee was born on July 17, 1955 in Salem, OH, a daughter of Roland (Ron) and Lois (Esterly) Hively. A 1973 graduate of Columbiana High School, she also attended Youngstown State University and the University Of Akron Law School.  She worked as a court magistrate for the Columbiana County courts for many years.

A lifetime resident of the area, Melodee was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Columbiana. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed letter writing, music, dance, and fashion.  She loved to spend time with her two cats and listen to “The Tribe” and YSU games on the radio.  Melodee was a strong supporter of animal organizations, and a former YSU alumni. She was known for her generosity, kindness and good sense of humor.

Melodee leaves to cherish her precious memory her cousins Tim Esterly of Boardman, Debbie Esterly Holderbaum of Minerva, Connie Esterly Flory of Lisbon, Cindy Travis DePillo of Columbiana, who took care of Melodee for many years, and many other cousins.

Also left behind are her good friends Leland Mackall of Columbiana and Karen Bricker Culp of Salem, as well as the rest of the Bricker family of Columbiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ron Hively and Lois Esterly Hively.

The memorial service for Melodee Sue (Hively) Johnston is Saturday, November 7th at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Columbiana. Face masks and social distancing will be required. Because of the COVID-19 situation, there will be no luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in Melodee’s name to Angels for Animals, 4750 S. Range Road, Canfield, OH  44406.

The family has entrusted Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio with the arrangements for their loved one.

Family and friends are invited to visit to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.

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Memorial Service
November 7, 2020

11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
210 S Main Street
Columbiana, OH 44408

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