The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


May 18, 2013

Winnie Ferrell Melson

Winnie Ferrell Melson, 78, of Grapeland, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 24, 1934 in Percilla and lived most of her life in Grapeland.

Mrs. Melson was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and lifelong member of the Percilla First United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and a quilter who opened her home and heart to all, and was known to donate handmade custom quilts to schools, veteran groups, and once had an annual quilt show in Grapeland.

Mrs. Melson and her husband Cecil owned and operated Winnie’s Kitchen Restaurant in Grapeland during the late ‘70s, and in 1991 she opened The Attic Window Quilt Shop.

She is survived by her children, Jackie Melson and wife Pam of Grapeland, Diane Haws and husband Henry of Percilla, and Jeff Melson of Grapeland; grandchildren, Joe, Kim, Danielle, Lori, Randy, Choyce, Lesley, Brandy, Vanessa, Magan and Justin; numerous great-grandchildren, all of her nieces and nephews that always held a special place in her heart; and leaves behind her little dog Kelsey; parrot Sam; and all of her white doves, including Snowflake.

She was preceded in death by husband, Cecil Junior “Butch” Melson; second husband, Wesley Leamons; brother, Carmon Ferrell; sister, Maxine Callaway; and nephews, Charles Robinson and James Callaway.

Funeral services for Mrs. Melson will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2013 in the First United Methodist Church in Percilla with the  Rev. Larry Dunn officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Percilla.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Condolences for Mrs. Melson may be left at online obituaries


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