On April 7th, Melba June Turner passed into Heaven peacefully in her sleep, after spending time with her family the evening before. Born June 5th, 1922, Melba – or Gamie as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – was just two months shy of her 98th birthday. For everyone that knew her there was no doubt she had packed a lifetime into those years!
Melba was preceded in death by her husband John B. Turner, to whom she was married for 43 years. Born and raised during the Depression and Dust Bowl, in Pryor, OK, Melba attended Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) where she met John and married in 1943. After John’s service in the Pacific Campaign and discharge from the US Army, they returned to OSU while John finished his studies and then joined Humble Oil (now Exxon). Together they moved around Texas as John’s career grew and eventually settled in the Houston area, raising their daughter (Cindy) and two sons (Rick and Mark).
Prior to John’s passing in 1986, they traveled often with their ever-growing family – which came to include five grandchildren (Peyton and Chris Ripley, and Carrie, John and Ashley Turner), and internationally with their community of friends. In their last few years together, they put down roots in a somewhat ‘newly discovered’ growing community, Kingwood, TX where Melba would stay for another 30 years after John’s passing.
Melba’s love of adventure never subsided and she continued to travel the world, with India, Russia and Western Europe being among her favorite places; the treasures from these adventures filling her home. She loved being home most of all though, where she could tend to her beautiful gardens, spend time at Kingwood Country Club playing tennis and bridge with friends, relax at her home on Kingwood Lake and the Greenbelt, enjoy the love of her family (which came to include five great-grandchildren), and find her fellowship with the members of Kingwood Presbyterian Church. She had a passion for charitable activity, and was an active supporter of the Presbyterian Children’s Home.
In her last few years, Melba was blessed to be surrounded in Dallas by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were able to spend time with her almost daily. She was loved and will be missed by many.
The family has requested that should you choose to honor Melba, you would do so by donating to the Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Texas (https://www.pchas.org/where-we-work/texas).