Lila M. Mellott, 89, of Memphis,MO, formerly of Gorin, MO, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013, in the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.
The daughter of William Daniel and Clara Pearl (Hill) McKinney, she was born February 14, 1924 in Knoxville, IA. She accepted Jesus as her savior at an early age.
Lila graduated from Milo High School in Milo, IA, in 1942, where she had been secretary/treasurer of her senior class. After graduation she worked as a nurse’s aide for several years.
On her twenty-sixth birthday she was united in marriage to Rudolph Mellott (nicknamed Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by the grandchildren). To this union two daughters were born: Linda and Sharon.
In, 1968, Rudy and Lila purchased a small grocery store in Luray, MO, which they operated together. In 1975, they moved to Gorin, MO, and purchased another small store which they operated together until Rudy passed away in 1985. Lila continued to operate the store until her retirement in 1999.
She was a member of the Gorin Baptist Church for thirty-eight years. After moving to Memphis in 2010, she attended the First Baptist Church in Memphis.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; one brother, Marion McKinney; sister-in-law, Jean McKinney; mother and father-in-law; three grandsons; one granddaughter; and one stepdaughter.
Lila is survived by two daughters: Linda (Floyd) Ware of Otley, IA and Sharon (Gary) Shoop of Memphis, MO; one stepdaughter, Phyllis (Ron) Aldrich of Columbia, SC; one brother, Edward (Jean) McKinney of Naples, FL; one sister-in-law, Della McKinney of Indianola, IA; six grandchildren, Mark DeFrees, Lisa Osborne, Travis Aldrich, Hope Cleeton, Dustin Shoop and Tanner Ware; and three greatgrandchildren, Carissa Haiphcock, and Nevaeh and Nivek Cleeton;
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Memphis with Pastor Dan Hite officiating. Burial will be in the Gorin Cemetery, Gorin, MO.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 17th from 12 noon until 8 p.m. in the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with the family meeting with friends from 6-8 p.m.