Melba Howell

Melba Ann Howell

Melba Ann Howell, 70, of St. Albans passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Valley Center, South Charleston, after a long illness.

She was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School and worked in various hospitals, working the last 15 years of her career at St. Francis Hospital as a unit secretary, until her illness.

Melba was preceded in death by her father, George Howell; her mother, Lena Howell Morris; sisters, Mildred H. Sheppard and Mabel Jarrell; and brothers, Claude, Roy, Clyde and Arlie Howell.

Surviving are her niece, Marjorie Elaine Sheppard of Peytona; brother-in-law, Franklin Sheppard of Peytona; and good friend and caregiver, Connie Erwin of St. Albans.

Special thanks for the loving and excellent care given to Melba by the staff at Valley Center and HospiceCare.

As per her wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be held on Friday, March 5, in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25312.

Online condolences may be sent at

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans is in charge
Contributed by Dan Harless