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Roberta Jean (Dees) McMellon

Mrs. Roberta Jean (Dees) McMellon, age 74, of Mena, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2023, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born July 18, 1949, in El Paso, Texas, to the late Robert Roy and Lila Eva (Christopher) Dees.

Roberta enjoyed working on her ranch, spraying and discing the fields along with all the other chores farm work entails. She also liked to travel, attending concerts with her friends and line dancing. Above all, she loved her family and enjoyed any time spent with her grandsons. She will be dearly missed.

Roberta is survived by her son, Rob McMellon and wife Amanda of Mena; grandsons, Cole McMellon and Dax McMellon; sister, Barbara Hoover and husband Michael; cousins, Sonny Dees and wife Susan; Jack Dees and wife Adela, Poncho Dees, Raymond Dees, Jimmy Tarrentino, David Christopher and wife Kate; special niece, Wendy Miller and husband Jeff; great-nephew, Cory Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services for Mrs. Roberta McMellon will be Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow in the Dees’ Family Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 26 at the Beasley Wood Chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Freewill Baptist Church of Mena; the Polk County Humane Society; or the Gideon’s.

Pallbearers are Johnny Davis, Joe Liles, Jamie Williams, Jonathan Lunsford, David Ray, Tim Hooper, Jay Sirmon and Charles Youngblood. Honorary pallbearers are Barbara Hoover, Sonny Dees, Susan Dees, Jack Dees, Adela Dees, Poncho Dees, Raymond Dees, Jimmy Tarrentino, David Christopher, and Kate Christopher.

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