Ilene Mae Mellor, 91, entered into rest on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Prosser Memorial Hospital in Prosser, Wash. Her graveside service was held at Prosser Cemetery. Prosser Funeral Home & Crematory directed.
Ilene was born Feb. 21, 1929, in Bolivar, Miss. to Oliver and Rosa Mae (Pate) Palmer. Her father worked as a carpenter, and as such, the family moved around where her dad could find work. In her youth, Ilene lived in Walker County, Alabama and Benton City and Bearden, Ark., before returning to Winston County, Alabama.
Ilene married her first husband, Travis Curtis, on Feb. 21, 1946, in Winston County. In 1960, they moved to Ellensburg, Wash. and then to Mabton, Wash. in 1964. The marriage ended in divorce, and Ilene moved to Prosser in 1968. She married Ross Mellor on Nov. 8, 1974, in Clark County, Nev., and they continued to make their home in Prosser. Ilene enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, cooking and having large family dinners. She and Ross also enjoyed traveling the world.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross, on March 11, 2019; daughter, Patricia Mendez; son, Donald Curtis; great-grandsons, Brodie and Bradie Curtis and sisters, Erice Davis, Marie Magness and Velera Dailey.
Ilene is survived by her daughter, Barbara Metteer, of Prosser; sons, Billy (Linda) Curtis and Ricky Curtis, all of Alabama; son-in-law, Pedro Mendez, of Grandview, Wash.; grandchildren, Toni Stewart, Gary (Sherry) Fatkin, Peter (Michelle) Mendez, Paul Mendez, Stacey Benningfield, Benji Curtis, Amy (Anthony) Curtis, Terri (Brian) Lolley and Brad Curtis; great-grandchildren, Jessica Stewart, Alexander Fatkin, Samantha Fatkin, Angel Mendez, Gabriel Mendez, Dominic Mendez, Jason Mendez, Austin Mendez, Vincent (Jess) Rauner, Kyle Tinker, Sidney Benningfield, Justin Benningfield, Braxton Curtis, Brilin Curtis, Breanna (Jacob) Pearson, Karley Curtis, Coby Edwards, Kylie Lolley, Alexa Lolley and Boyd Curtis; great-great-grandson, Wyatt Rauner and many nieces and nephews.
Ilene is also survived by her stepchildren, Gail (Jan) Blair and Bill Mellor, all of Prosser and step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, Jeff (Lynn) Blair and their children, Kooper, Kason, Kampbell and Kambree; Kelly Blair (Matt) LaBounty and their sons, Jacob and Lucas; Lori Blair and her son, Brady Stenberg; Shane (Angela) Mellor and their daughters, Juelcee, Zaelynn and Tayley and Brendon Mellor and Kelli and their children, Micah and Olivia Mellor and Kelli’s children, Josh and Samantha Miller.
You may leave a message for the family at www.prosserfuneralhome.com.
See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.