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Helen Jewell Melton was born in Lynchburg, Missouri, the daughter of Andrew Wilson and Eva Louise Dobbs Wilson on January 13, 1937 and departed this life on August 14, 2020 at her home in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 83 years. 

She was united in marriage on November 13, 1955 to Richard L. Jewell, who preceded her in death.  She was united in marriage on September 14, 2012 to James A. Melton, who preceded her in death.

Helen is survived by four children, Louise King and husband, Jay of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Maxine Rader and husband, Bill of Boone, Colorado, Andy Jewell and wife, Vickie of Stella, Missouri, and Wesley Jewell of Thayer, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Tina King, Billy Rader, III, Adam Willman, Travis Willman, Katrina Jewell, Jake Jewell, Donovan Hays, Mary Pliler, Maddi Jewell and Richard Jewell; seventeen great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, three brothers, James Wilson, Charles Wilson and Robert Lee Wilson; four sisters, Betty Mae Vandiver, Evalee Repschlaeger, Nadine Brewer, and Mary Guy; and two grandchildren, Cassandra Jewell and Jason King.  

Helen was a Christian and of the Pentecostal faith.  She attended Stateline Pentecostal Church in Thayer, Missouri and Harbor of Hope Church in West Plains, Missouri.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and cooking for them and others.  She enjoyed quilting and crocheting, completing word search puzzles and especially liked playing SkipBo.  Some of her most fond memories were of “running the roads” and drinking coffee with friends Lela Rae Stith and Faye Rader.  Helen was always on the go somewhere

She will truly be missed by her family and friends.  

Funeral services for Helen Jewell Melton will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Wayne Hurst officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

Burial will on Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Shiloh Grand Gulf Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family and left at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Freda Johnson
    August 19, 2020 @ 8:16 pm

    Louise..I’m sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Love and prayers to you and your family.


  2. Donna Steed
    August 21, 2020 @ 8:13 am

    I enjoyed visiting with & assisting your Mom over the years in Kosh. I remember her talking about making pies for everyone…coconut cream I think was a favorite. She is again visiting with our beloved Lela Rae Stith in a heavenly realm. Haven’t seen her much in recent times, but always a joy when we would meet up. I am sorry for your loss. The “last” Koshkonong Postmaster thinks of you King’s & Jewell’s with warm regard. My kids still mourn the loss of their schoolmate Cassandra; now grandma is with her!


  3. Cheryl
    August 27, 2020 @ 5:29 pm

    We were saddened further when we heard Helen had passed away. She was nothing but kind to our family. May God fill the voids you may have with his love and peace. – The Family of Loyd “Bud” Adams.


    August 28, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Will always regret not visiting her one more time. When I was a teenager she was our neighbor. Will miss her. Duane Jewell


  5. Ronda Jewell
    September 3, 2020 @ 6:08 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I really liked Helen and we had a good time together. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.


  6. Mindy cline
    October 21, 2020 @ 2:33 am

    wesley…so sorry to see this so late. I think of you often. Lost my daddy last year and my heart still pines for him…find me on Facebook sending love and hugs 💕


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