GIDDINGS—Funeral services for Alice Alma ( Hengst) Melcher, 87, of Lexington were held Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington with Rev. Leif Hasskarl officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Melcher was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Cameron to Oscar and Alma (Niemtschke) Hengst.

She was baptized on Jan. 17, 1924, and was confirmed on April 10, 1938, both at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale

She was married to Erhard Melcher on April 5, 1942, also in St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Melcher was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Ebelt Hodges; her husband; her parents; a brother and numerous brothers-inlaws and sisters-in-law.

Survivors are a daughter, Anita Mitchell and husband Milton, and daughter Kathy Dube and husband Gary.

Her first grandson, Byron Ebelt (wife Hilaree Casada), called her “ MeMa” and was then referred to as such by all of her grandchildren, Krista Ebelt Moczygemba (and husband Nathan), Eddie Mitchell, Debbie Mitchell Scrog gins ( and husband Wayne), Bridget Dube West (and husband Nicholas “Bear”) and Amanda Dube Anderson (and husband Ross), as well as by all of their close friends.

She has continued to be called “MeMa” by her great-grandchildren, Timothy, Austin and Faith Scroggins, Bethany, Jonathon and David Mitchell, Kaylie and Kaden Moczygemba and Benjamin Ebelt.

Mrs. Melcher enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, making homemade noodles, embroidery, sewing and spending time with her family.

She also looked forward to the regular visits of her friend, Rita Owens.

Mrs. Melcher spent most of her years as a homemaker, but also worked for the Lexington ISD lunch room and Invader Boats as a seamstress.

She was active with her church helping to make quilts, braille books and fund- raising meals and could be found almost every year at Fedor Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry.

Memorials may be made to the St. James Lutheran Church Video Fund, P.O. Box 247, Lexington, TX 78947- 0247 or the charity of one’s choice.

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