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Melanie Shae (Todd) Anderson, 48, of Mammoth Spring, AR, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, AR.

Melanie was born January 6, 1974, in West Plains, MO to Freddie Thompson and Ronnie Todd.  

Survivors include her parents; Freddie (Tab) Thompson of Mammoth Spring, AR, Ronnie Todd (Monica Cherry) of Salem, AR; her sons Austin Anderson (Anna Pond) of Bentonville, AR, Dakota (Mikenzie) Anderson of West Plains, MO, and Jacob Anderson of West Plains, MO; grandchildren Tyler, Dallas, Sawyer, and Carter  Anderson; brother Brandon (Heather) Todd of Palmyra, MO, brother Samuel Noakes of Mammoth Spring, AR; niece Makayli Todd of Palmyra, MO, nephew Skyler Todd of Thayer MO, and nephews Remington and Cruz Todd of Palmyra, MO; and many other friends and family. She also leaves behind her beloved dog Cooper.

Melanie was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Fred and Wanda Davis, paternal grandparents Elmer and Fern Todd, and Uncles Rick Davis and Butch Davis.  

Melanie was Christian by faith. She was baptized in the Church of Christ as a young adult.   

Melanie was a 1993 graduate of Mammoth Spring High School. Professionally she worked as a certified nursing aide. She was a compassionate caregiver and valued her time providing care for others.

­­­­Melanie was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan. She loved her family dearly. Melanie loved music of all kinds and loved sharing her passion for music with others. She often thought fondly about the time she spent growing up at her grandparents. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren and shared their photos with all of her acquaintances. She enjoyed WWE wrestling. She loved sunflowers and roses. She was a great cook especially Mexican dish and banana pudding. She loved traveling to Palmyra to see her brother and his family. She thoroughly enjoyed fixing her hair and doing her make-up with her niece Makayli. She loved playing phase 10 and Skip-Bo. Melanie was the sweetest and kindest soul. She found joy in all things. She cherished her time with her mother whom she referred to as her best friend. There are so many wonderful qualities to share about Melanie as she showed compassion, generosity and trustworthiness to all whom she loved.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 pm Monday July 25, 2022, at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri. Pastor Erman Croney will officiate. Burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. Thayer Missouri.

In loving memory of Melanie, memorial contributions may be made to the family payable to Carter Funeral Home.




  1. Charlie & Charlotte Hurtt
    July 23, 2022 @ 7:59 am

    We are so sad for all the family and friends. Our sympathy to all.

  2. Debby Washam
    July 23, 2022 @ 11:16 am

    Freddie and family my heart is breaking for you all. Melanie was such a sweet kind soul. Sending love and prayers ❤️??

  3. Lynn McIntosh
    July 23, 2022 @ 12:44 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this
    Im praying for you all

  4. Tisha
    July 24, 2022 @ 3:36 am

    My heart breaks for you Freddie ? ? I know how very much she meant to you. Much love and prayers for you and your family. God has you…One Day At A Time ❤

  5. Dawn Boddie
    July 24, 2022 @ 10:38 am

    Sweet Melanie, you will be missed ? Prayers and hugs to all of her family and friends.

  6. Brenda Nicholson
    July 24, 2022 @ 12:30 pm

    So saddened to hear of Melanie’s passing. She was/is “one of my kids” when I taught at MSHS. I’ll always remember her as a kind person with that sweet smile. Lifting each of her family/friends up in prayer for strength, peace, and comfort…

  7. Neal & Debra Nicholson
    July 24, 2022 @ 1:05 pm

    May all of the wonderful memories you share be of comfort to everyone!

  8. Stannie Kimble
    July 24, 2022 @ 3:48 pm

    I hated to hear of Melanie’s death. Know that I offer deepest sympathy to her family.

  9. Dawn Massey Cannon
    July 24, 2022 @ 4:17 pm

    I’m so so sorry to hear about Melanie’s passing. She was always such a sweet sweet person. I’m praying for all of you!!!!

  10. Margie Ellison Busch
    July 24, 2022 @ 7:13 pm

    Sending heart felt prayers for you all…. This tribute to her was beautiful and fit her to a “T”. She was such a wonderful, beautiful person and my heart breaks for you all. Sending prayers for comfort and a huge hug.

  11. Rita Lea
    July 24, 2022 @ 9:59 pm

    Freddie and family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you during this very difficult time.

  12. Amber Redburn
    July 25, 2022 @ 10:34 am

    Dakota/Mikenzie and the Anderson Families,

    We want to extend our Deepest Sympathy to all of you on the passing of Dakota’s Mother, Melanie. At this time we will be keeping all of you in our prayers/thoughts. May God comfort, encourage, and strengthen each one of you. May God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,
    Tim, Amber, and Corby Redburn

  13. Glenda Pawloski
    July 26, 2022 @ 10:25 am

    Sending prayers and love to Freddie and family. So sorry for your loss! Glenda Pawloski and family.