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Mellvina Halbert Ward

October 31, 1949 January 7, 2019
Mellvina Halbert Ward
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Mellvina ‘Mell’ Halbert Ward was born on October 31, 1949 in Crawford, Mississippi to Freddie Lee and Willie Mae Selvie Halbert. She was the second of seven children.

A time to Plant: Mell attended the Public Schools in Oktibbeha County, MS and graduated in 1967 from B. L. Moor High. In 1972, she made the transition to Kankakee, IL. She was employed by Manteno State Hospital until its closing and then continued her employment at Shaprio Developmental Center where she retired from.

A time to be reborn: Mellvina accepted Christ as her savior at the age of twelve years and was baptized at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor O.J. Thompson. Upon moving to Kankakee in 1972, she joined the Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor D.W. Jacob. Mell was an Usher, Church secretary and Pastor’s Aide assistant and still was a faithful member under Pastor McEastland until her health began to fail.

A time for Love: Mell was joined in Holy Matrimony to James L. Ward, Jr. on June 17, 1988 in Kankakee, IL. She enjoyed watching wrestling on television, planting and growing flowers.

Mellvina made her transition to her Heavenly home on Monday night at 9:37 pm with family by her side. Her special life will forever be cherished by her sons, Gearl Halbert, Anthony (Cierra) Williams, both of Kankakee and Aaron Edwards of Springfield, IL: her husband, James of Kankakee; nineteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; her sisters, Mary Halbert, Dorothy Jean Halbert, Bernice Halbert, Martha Halbert all of Crawford, MS and Emma K. Halbert of Columbus, MS; her brother, Tommie W. (Annie) Halbert of Columbus, MS; her uncle, James (Shirley) Selvie of Gary, IN; her aunts, Leila (William) Stallings of Texas, Lula Selvie of Kankakee and Della M. Selvie of Hammond, IN; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and many friends, including Lubertha Orr and Sylvia Bell.

Mell was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Dashant Williams, grandsons, Jerry Halbert and Shequill Halbert; four uncles and two aunts.

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5:00 PM 1/18/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/18/2019 7:00:00 PM
Jones Funeral Home Kankakee LLC

1055 N Schuyler Ave
Kankakee, IL 60901

Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10 am at the Free Christian Center. Pastor Tryphenia McEastland will officiate.

Jones Funeral Home Kankakee LLC
1055 N Schuyler Ave Kankakee 60901 IL
United States

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Mound Grove Garden of Memory Final Resting Place

1000 N Greenwood Ave
Kankakee, IL 60901

1000 N Greenwood Ave Kankakee 60901 IL
United States

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