Melba Louise Brown, 97, of Athens joined her beloved husband in heaven Jan. 3, 2022, on what would have been their 78th wedding anniversary.
She was born May 26, 1924, to George Martin Armstrong and Willie Alice (Tarrant) Armstrong in Henderson County.
Her father was a railroad foreman and she spent her early years in Snipe near Angleton. She attended Angleton High School where she played volleyball and was named “Most Beautiful.”
After graduation, she worked as a secretary for the state representative in Lake Jackson. In 1944, she married her late husband Walter before he deployed in the army for World War II.
After he returned, they lived in Houston, where they raised their two children. They also owned a summer home at San Leon on Galveston Bay, where they enjoyed fishing out of their 26-foot cabin cruiser, affectionately named in her honor, the “Melba B.”
Later, in 1976 they retired to their permanent country home outside of Athens, where they both lived until their death. She loved ranching, fishing, gardening, playing 42 dominos, her pets and family.
She lived through four wars, the Great Depression, a man on the moon, the invention of television and the internet and more. Although she will be greatly missed, her memory will live on in the stories she told and the love she gave to all of us.
Melba was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Walter Edwin Brown. Jr., sister Georgia Abbie Spurlock and husband Winfield G. Spurlock.
Survivors include her daughter Mona Farmer, son and daughter-in-law Walter Edwin Brown, III and Connie, grandchildren Clayton Farmer and wife Jaclyn, Christine Bright and husband Brandon and Katherine Johnson and husband Zach, great-grandchildren Makena Farmer, Morgan Farmer, Alexis Johnson and Kolton Johnson along with cousins, family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel. Burial to follow at Payne Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Clayton Farmer, Brandon Bright, Zach Johnson, Nathan Smith, Richard Koctar and Brent Latham.