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In Memory of

Leola Elouise Melton

January 14, 1925 - April 1, 2015

Obituary


Leola Elouise Jaggers Melton began her earthly journey 90 years ago on January 14, 1925. It ended on April 1, 2015, when she entered into the presence of God.

Celebration of Life: April 6, 2015, at 2:00 pm. Memorial Funeral Chapel, College Station.
Visitation: April 5, 5:00 ''' 7:00 pm; Memorial Funeral Chapel, College Station.


Elouise Jaggers was born in Emory, Texas, on January 14, 1925, to John Calvin and Leola Cooper Jaggers, the eldest of four children. She grew up in Rains County and graduated from Point High School...

Leola Elouise Jaggers Melton began her earthly journey 90 years ago on January 14, 1925. It ended on April 1, 2015, when she entered into the presence of God.

Celebration of Life: April 6, 2015, at 2:00 pm. Memorial Funeral Chapel, College Station.
Visitation: April 5, 5:00 ''' 7:00 pm; Memorial Funeral Chapel, College Station.


Elouise Jaggers was born in Emory, Texas, on January 14, 1925, to John Calvin and Leola Cooper Jaggers, the eldest of four children. She grew up in Rains County and graduated from Point High School as salutatorian.

Seventeen years after Elouise's birth, she married her "sweetest man," A.A (Reil) Melton, whom she met at age 6 when his mother was her 1st grade school teacher. Elouise's family later moved to the other side of the County, and Elouise and Reil did not meet again until 1941. They married on September 13, 1942, in the home of Elouise's parents, and were only 14 days short of reaching their 66th anniversary when Reil passed on August 31, 2008.

Elouise and Reil were blessed with 5 loving children who, together with their spouses, created a family of 50. Donnie, Evelyn, Ann, Mike and Sandy were loved without exception, and they loved their parents and their siblings in the same manner. Elouise recently celebrated her 90th birthday, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, brother, sister-in-law, other family and friends.

Elouise was a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, as well as a business manager, volunteer and a caregiver to anyone who needed assistance. She was strongly influenced by her mother and particularly fond of and helpful to the elderly and those "less fortunate." Elouise also served as "mother away from home" to many young Aggies who took Sunday dinner at her table.

Professionally, Elouise worked as a college secretary, a bank teller, manager of a Sears catalog store, and first female manager of Dealer's Electric Lighting Center in Bryan. She retired from her career in 1986, although she never retired from visiting and helping those "less fortunate." Until she could no longer navigate alone, Elouise continued helping others.

Elouise and Reil lived in College Station twice during their marriage: first, for Reil to attend graduate school at TAMU, and second, when Reil, who worked for the Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station, was transferred to the Texas A&M University Farm. They deeply loved their friends and their Aggies.

After retirement, Elouise and Reil traveled to numerous cities and countries, and both continued to volunteer at the First Baptist Church in College Station. Elouise, in particular, loved and enjoyed her volunteer work in the Discovery Program at First Baptist for more than 25 years.

Elouise Melton lived a life of love ''' of God, of her family, of her friends, and those she barely knew. She was, indeed, a follower of Jesus -- always loving, always helping. We will miss her loving care.

2 Timothy 4:7-8
"I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness,
Which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will afford to me on that day '''
And not only to me,
But also to all who have longed for His appearing."

Survived by her son Donnie Melton and his wife Mei-Ling, Evelyn Melton Medlock and her husband Matt, Ann Melton Abbe and her husband Bill Harris, daughter-in-law Carol Melton Weaver, son-in-law Jon Heidtke; 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; brother Kenneth Jaggers and his wife Barbra; sister-in-law Flora Jaggers, brother-in-law Cozell Wilson; sister-in-law Lora Melton Cox; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband A.A. (Reil) Melton, son Mike Melton, daughter Sandy Melton Heidtke, brother Johnny Jaggers, sister Gloria Ann Jaggers Wilson, and her parents.

Pallbearers: Grandsons Tim Melton, Todd Melton, Tony Medlock, Alex Medlock, James Medlock, Kyle Melton, Heath Heidtke, Hunter Heidtke.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a gift to the First Baptist Church Discovery program (2300 Welsh, College Station, TX 77845); Brazos Valley Hospice (502 West 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803); Crestview Benevolent Fund (2505 E Villa Maria Rd, Bryan, TX 77802); or a charity of your choice.

The family thanks Crestview Methodist Retirement Community and Brazos Valley Hospice for their loving care.