Helen I. Melow
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Helen I. Melow
  • July 3, 1924 - June 6, 2016
  • Rock Island, Illinois

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Helen Irene Melow, 91 of Rock Island, died Monday, June 6, 2016 at home in the care of UnityPoint Hospice after a lingering illness.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday at the mausoleum chapel at Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery, where interment will follow. Memorials may be made to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.

Helen was born on July 3, 1924 in Rock Island, the daughter of Harry and Irene (Campbell) VanDuyne. She married Gilbert J. "Jay" Melow on May 31, 1958 in Rock Island. Helen worked for many years in the Assessor's office in Rock Island County, retiring in 1977.

Upon retirement, she and Jay began spending their winters in Florida, where they would also delight in taking Caribbean cruises. While at home during the summer months, they would spend time camping at Camp Hauberg. For over 50 years, she enjoyed square dancing, both here and in Florida. In more recent years she liked going out to eat, and solving Sudoku puzzles.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Gilbert "Jay" Melow, Rock Island, and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Ostrom, Bettendorf.

Mrs. Melow was preceded in death by her parents.

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