Elaine H. Mellon

Elaine H. Mellon, age 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on September 27, 2020, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque.  To honor Elaine’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Elaine’s family.


Elaine was born on May 27, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, a daughter to Harry and Lillian (Macker) Schroeder.  She attended Dubuque Senior High School and eventually made her way to the sales counter at Kresge’s where she would meet the love of her life, Maurice Mellon, who was heard saying at times that he met his million dollar baby at a 5 and 10 cent store.  They would be blessed with 3 children and 69 years together before he was sadly called home ahead of her.  Elaine also spent a few years working at Kmart, but primarily was quite content to be at home loving and nurturing her family.  She was a devoted wife and mother who thought she understood real joy; that is, until the grandkids came along, and now she was easily able to redefine that term.  Elaine’s home was known for wonderful Sunday dinners, the sounds of big band music in the background, and the most festive Christmas decorations around.  When the weather was nice enough, the family gatherings would regularly be moved to Eagle Point Park where a picnic atmosphere could be introduced for all to enjoy.  Elaine always loved dressing up to go dancing with Maurie, and their friends, at the Melody Mill and the Fairgrounds, but when a little time for tranquility made its way into her days at home, she could often be found with her crochet needles creating magic in her hands, or working on her most recent jig-saw and crossword puzzles.  We are beyond saddened that our sweetest mother, grandmother and friend has been called home today, but we are also grateful for the years that we were blessed with her loving spirit and to know that she and Maurice have finally found one another again.  Thank you, Elaine, for being a shining example for all who knew and loved you and may the peace of the Lord be yours, now and forever.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Elaine include,


her 3 loving children,

Maurine (Kenneth) Harris, Bellevue, Iowa,

Colleen (Robert) Steinmann, Dubuque, Iowa,

and David (Mary) Mellon, Davenport, Iowa;


her 7 adored grandchildren,

Michael (Shelly Cullen) Harris, Lori (Danny Whipple) Daniels, James (Beckie) Harris, Kerry (Robert) Preece, Benjamin (Kate) Steinmann, Courtney (Aundra) Robinson, and Andrew Mellon;


her 10 great-grandchildren,

Sarah Rogers, Reilly Gilbert, Brenna Harris, Hunter Harris, Kendra Harris, Kevin Mueller, Talia Robinson, Micah Robinson, Stone McKenna, and Sierra McKenna;


her 3 great-great-grandchildren,

Lilith Gilbert, Jax Gilbert, and Michael Gilbert;


her furry companion,



along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Maurice H. Mellon; and her brother and sister-in-law, Merlyn and Jean Schroeder.


Elaine’s family would like to express a sincere thank you to Dr. Jared Freiburger, his nurses and staff, along with the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional and compassionate care of Elaine, and her family.


Online condolences may be shared with Elaine’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

To honor Elaine’s life, a private family service is being held.

4 comments on “Elaine H. Mellon
  1. Kathy Giese says:

    to Maureen, Colleen and David
    I have so many great memories of your Mom and Dad and you three. Elaine was a gentle and generous person. I am sure you will miss her–I can imagine her and Maurie together in heaven.

  2. Leora Welp Thornhill Bemboom says:

    I worked with Elaine at Kresge’s and just loved her.

  3. Marie Lehrman says:

    So sorry about your mom. It’s hard to loose our parents, but when it’s Mom, that hurts even deeper. My sincere sympathy.

  4. Mark and Chris Asbury says:

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother Elaine. She truly was a great lady. Dave,… Elaine and Maurie will always be sadly missed.

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