She was born Aug. 11, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of James R. and Dorthea A. Rafferty Maxwell.
Melton was a graduate of St. Mary Grade School in 1969 and Notre Dame High School in 1973.
Survivors include a daughter, Christina (Michael) Limbach of Cape Girardeau; four sisters, Patricia (Harold) Kleinschmidt of Imperial, Mo., Susan Maxwell of Cape Girardeau; Dorthea (Ron) Sides of Ballwin, Mo., Judith Maxwell of Columbia, Mo.; a half sister, Lorraine Maxwell of St. Louis; two aunts, Sally (Keith) Farrar of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Marjorie Maxwell of Texas; two cousins, Bob (Annie) Rafferty of Seldovia, Alaska, Barb (Tom) Fitzgerald of Cape Girardeau; three grandchildren, Cheyenne Limbach, Colton Limbach and Hunter Limbach.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home, with parish prayers at 6 p.m.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cathedral, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.