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Alice M. Melton 92, of Cherokee, Kan. went to be with the Lord at 3 a.m. Thursday January 19, 2012 at her home following an illness.

Alice was born December 30, 1919 in Girard, Kan. the daughter of John E. Shepherd and Armelda (Wheeler) Newport. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Helmic School east of Weir, Kan.

On November 29, 1933 Alice married Everett E. Melton in Weir, Kan.; he preceded her in death on September 23, 1993. Alice was a homemaker. She was a member of the Faith Tabernacle Church in Weir, Kan.; she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting and loved to be involved with the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 13 brothers and sisters and a grandson, Chris Simpson.

Survivors include her children, Norvella Boccia and husband Carmen of Pittsburg, Kan., Arelva Brynds and husband Ted of Cherokee, Kan., James E. Melton and wife Gertrude of Stilwell, Kan., April Faruggia and husband Ray of Stilwell, Kan. and Rosalee Monroe and husband Harold Randolph of Weir, Kan.; 18 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday January 21, 2012 at the Faith Tabernacle Church in Weir, Kan. with Rev. James Fellers officiating. Burial will follow at Crocker Cemetery in Pittsburg, Kan. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday January 20, 2012 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Weir, Kan.; friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers the family ask expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the FCA Bible School. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to Bath Naylor Funeral Home 104 W. Main St. Weir, KS 66781. E-mail condolences may be left at Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath Naylor Funeral Home of Weir, KS.