Born and raised in Bakersfield to John and Malvina Mellas and went home to be with her Lord and Savior August 27, 2015. She was a graduate of East Bakersfield High School class of 1942, and married the love of her life Caleb in 1978 who preceded her in death in 1982. She worked for Bank of America and retired from Pacific Bell Telephone.
She was an active church member of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Bakersfield and was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge Chapter 125 of Bakersfield. Helen never met a stranger. She was very compassionate and giving and loved by all she met.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Beverly and Gus Balasis of Bakersfield, and her sister Dorothy Skoufis of Fresno, California. She took pride in loving her family of nieces and nephews including the Balasis family, Cates family, McDemas, Boller and Fotopolus family, Skoufis family and Mellas family, and special friends the Sillimans. She will be missed by all.
Helen requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the following: Trinity Children and Family Services, 1460 E. Cooley Dr., Colton, CA 92324 (1-909-825-5588) or Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, 50 Goddard Ave., Brookline, MA 02445 (1-617-731-3500.
A Trisagion will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015 at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Chapel. Funeral services will be Wednesday Sept. 2 at 10:00 A.M. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 30, 2015
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