Gail B. Mellish

By on May 22, 2014

Gail B. Mellish, 66, of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 22, 1947, in Elgin, the daughter of Ernest and Lillian (Carr) Thompson.

Gail graduated from North Central College in 1969 and then received her master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University in 1970. After graduation, she taught at Wing School in Elgin from 1970 to 1974.

She later went on to work for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Geneva as the church secretary from 1980 to 1993 and as the director of children’s ministries from 1994 to 2003. Gail taught Bible boot camp classes, as well as many Bible study fellowship programs. She served her church as a greeter and was known as a great hugger.

Gail had a heart that went out to the mission field. She especially loved the Honduran people and traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, seven times. In her spare time, Gail enjoyed fishing in Canada, cross-stitching and gardening. However, her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her friends and family, who will definitely miss her hugs.

She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Timothy; sons, Scott (Olivia) of Batavia and Shawn of Elburn; grandchildren, Isabel and Daniel; sister, Flo Tenney of Iowa; nephews, Mike (Olga) Tenney and Steve (Mindy) Tenney; great-nephews and great-nieces, Dustin (Sarah), Brian, Josh, and Liza; and great-great-nephews, Nolan, Nathan and Clark Tenney.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva, with Rev. Mark A. Tusken to officiate.

Inurnment will follow at St. Mark’s Episcopal Memorial Gardens, Geneva.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Jericho Ministries, P.O. Box 781, Appleton, WI 54912 or SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders) , P.O. Box 399, Ambridge, PA 15003. A memo indicating Russ and Heidi Smith would be appreciated.

Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home. For information, call (630) 232-8233 or visit