Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, TX


Melba J. Bradford

October 29, 1942August 2, 2019

On Friday, August 2, 2019, Melba Jean Bradford, of Beaumont, passed away peacefully at Harbor Hospice. Melba suffered with NASH Liver Disease.

Melba was born October 29, 1942, in Glenmora, La. to Earl Edward Gill and Mary Louise Johnson Gill. She lived in Beaumont most of her life and went to South Park High School. Melba met the love of her life, Donald Bradford, at a young age of 12. They married 57 years ago and traveled the country while he served in the military before settling in Beaumont. Melba enjoyed making quilts and blankets, and also attending Praise Church.

She leaves behind husband Donald R. Bradford, daughter Donna Mahan and her husband Terry, son David Bradford and his wife Peggy. Sisters, Billie Simmons, Lynda Zuckero and her husband Mike , four grandsons David Bradford, Jr., Phillip Mahan, Jake Bradford, and Thomas Mahan. The great grandchildren brought a sparkle to Melba's eyes and she was blessed with Emery and Memphis Bradford, Atlas Mahan, and soon to arrive Laney Bradford, and lots of nieces and nephews.

Family will celebrate her life daily in the memories we cherish.


  • Earl Edward Gill, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Louise Gill, Mother (deceased)
  • Donald R. Bradford, Husband
  • Donna and husband Terry Mahan, Daughter
  • David and wife Peggy Bradford, Son
  • Billie Simmons, Sister
  • Lynda and husband Mike Zuckero, Sister
  • David Bradford Jr., Grandson
  • Jake Bradford, Grandson
  • Phillip Mahan, Grandson
  • Thomas Mahan, Grandson
  • Emery Bradford, Great Grandchild
  • Memphis Bradford, Great Grandchild
  • Atlas Mahan, Great Grandchild
  • Melba also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and friends to cherish her memory.


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Clara Thomas

August 6, 2019

I met Melba years ago through her sister Lynda Zuckero. She was a wonderful Christian lady and had only good to share. She had a wonderful smile and I remember how much fun Melba had with her sister Lynda and her older sister Billie. Everytime they all 3 got together they would laugh and enjoy each other and have so much fun! She loved her family with all her heart. She will be greatly missed and everyone that knew Melba will always have her in their hearts.


August 6, 2019

My Aunt Melba was an amazing women . She was as I remember soft spoken and kind to everyone around her. She had a long and endearing marriage of 57 years which I aspire to be like in my marriage . She was Dedicated to family . I remember her when I was a child . That beautiful red hair. She was full of life and smiled all the time . I love you Aunt Melba and prayers and comfort to the family .✝✝

Peggy Rogers

August 5, 2019

What a joy to have had Melba on our life's journey. We were friends, neighbors and at one time co-workers.
There are so many wonderful memories of times shared together.
Prayers for the family for peace, comfort, and many happy memories.
Peggy Rogers

Bill Rogers

August 5, 2019

Melba was our neighbor and very close friend starting back in 1970. Peggy and I enjoyed many years of real friend ship with Melba and Don . She will be missed.

Marla Ellis

August 5, 2019

I'm really sorry to hear about aunt Melba. So many memories as a child. She is a great person. I'm an sending all my love to the family and Prayers for healing.