In an apparent attempt to get creditors off her back, a local woman created a daughter who she claimed died in Iraq. With the help of friends, she duped a local funeral home to run an obituary in the paper that she had apparently planned to use to spook bill collectors into giving her space.

The fake daughter would have been born when her “mother” was 15, and would seem to have a family full of creative nicknames:

GRANT, Melissa Entered into eternal rest on Sunday, May 11, 2008, in the Republic of Iraq, Lt. Melissa Hope Grant, US Air Force, the beloved daughter of Mrs. Melody Grant and Mr. Michael “Candy” King,step-daughter of the late Mr. Marcus Grant; sister of Kelondria Pendergrath, Kelvin Pendergrath, Raheem Brown, Akhaeem Brown, and Becole “Cola” Scales; granddaughter of Mrs. Darnell Grant and Mr.Henry “Muffin” King; niece of Shirline Denise Wright, Quindella “Que” Simmons, Meka Butler, and Marvin “Butter” Myers; cousin of Xavier D. Stewart, Sr., Karin L. Bland and Mercedes A. Jones. Funeral notice later. Friends may call at 836-A White Oak Drive,Charleston, SC. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.suburbanfuneralhome.com Arrangements by SUBURBAN FUNERAL HOME, INC. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.