Melba M. Rowell

May 3, 1922 — June 6, 2018

Melba M. Rowell

MORTON - Melba M. Rowell, 96, of Morton, passed away Wed., June 6, 2018, at her residence.
Melba was born May 3, 1922, in Tallula, Ill., to Leonard and Hattie (Hastings) Smith. She married Warren Slaughter on Dec. 31, 1944 in Peoria. He preceded Melba in death in 1963. She later married Robert Zehr on Aug. 14, 1967 in Morton. Robert preceded her in death in 1982. She then married Howard Rowell on Nov. 23, 1985 in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Surviving are her husband, Howard, of Morton; two daughters, Carol Smith of Peoria and Karen (Kent) Steiner of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and four great-great- grandchildren. She is also survived by six step children, Jan (Stephen) King of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Dennis (Karen) Rowell of Berne, Ind., Joanne Cearbaugh of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Dorothy (Bob) Garber of Goodfield, Ill., Donna Rhoades of Anderson, S.C., and Delora Tilton of Morton; and one brother, Merle (Pat) Smith of Peoria.
She was preceded in death by one grandson.
Melba worked at Kroger and also handled the secretarial duties at Films for Christ in Peoria. She retired in 1977 from Stan's Menswear in Berne, Ind., where she worked as a clerk.
Melba loved her family and lived her life for the Lord. It was her great joy to spend time with her family and friends. She spent her early years singing and playing the piano in a traveling gospel music trio. Melba was very artistic and enjoyed painting and sewing, cross-stitch and quilting. She enjoyed traveling with her husband to many places over the years and spending their winters in Boca Raton entertaining family and friends.

Visitation will be held Sun., June 10, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton from 2 to 5 p.m.
Melba was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, where a funeral service will be held Mon., June 11, 2018 at 3 p.m., with Rev. John Hopwood officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service at the church from 2 to 3 p.m.
Burial will take place on Tues., June 12, at Jefferson Cemetery in Upland, Ind. at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, or to St. Jude Runners Association.


JUN 10. 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)

Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center
140 S. Detroit Ave.
Morton, IL, 61550


JUN 11. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)

Grace Presbyterian Church
8607 N. State Route 91
Peoria, IL


JUN 11. 3:00 PM (CDT)

Grace Presbyterian Church
8607 N. State Route 91
Peoria, IL


JUN 12. 2:00 PM (EDT)

Jefferson Cemetery
Upland, IN

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