Joyce Ellen (Rounkles) Mello, 79, Russell, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born April 7, 1939, in Russel to Chester L. and Elsie V. (Killian) Rounkles. She was a 1957 graduate of Paradise High School.

She married John Joseph Mello Jr. on April 23, 1960, in Topeka. He preceded her in death. She was a baker at Klema’s Applemart for more than 33 years.

Survivors include a son, John Mello, Desoto; a daughter, Mary Bushnell, Gardner; a brother, Marvin Rounkles, O’Fallon, Ill.; two sisters, Lois Bonar, Cherryville, and Penny Loker, McDonald; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell; a private family burial of ashes will follow the services.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family greeting friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Melanoma Research Foundation in care of the mortuary.