Melba L Millican

April 14, 1937November 20, 2020

Melba L. Millican, age 83, of Gardendale, Alabama passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020. Melba was born April 14, 1937. She grew up in Hanceville, Alabama. She was married to Charles Millican. They moved to Gardendale in 1964 where they raised their daughters. She worked as a hair stylist in the community. She loved cooking for her family, gardening and fishing. Her favorite thing was spending time with her six grandsons who knew her as "Mamaw". She was a member of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church. She set an example for all who knew her as a kind and patient lady with a true servant's heart.

Melba was preceded in death by her parents Claude and Annie Lee, her sister Mary Nell Ransom, and her brothers Ray Lee and Roy Lee. She is survived by her husband of 61 years Charles Millican; her daughters Carolyn(Tim) Cuthbertson, Susan(Tim) Slaney and Jenny(Matt) DeFore; her grandsons Charlie(Lauren Jada) Whitehurst, Tommy Cuthbertson, Cody Whitehurst, Brannon(Madelyn) DeFore, Brett DeFore, and Ian Cuthbertson, as well as several nieces and a nephew and great-nieces and a great-nephew.

A graveside service for Melba will be held Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Elmwood Cemetery & Mausoleum, 600 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Birmingham, Alabama 35211.

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Leisa Whitlow

November 24, 2020

My sister Wendy was friends with Jenny when they were young. I always remember how thoughtful Mrs. Millican was. Even at church she always asked about my family members. She was so giving and kind.

Laurie Glenn

November 23, 2020

Melba was one of the most nurturing souls I ever knew. With her, everyone was family. As a sister of an in-law, my family was always invited to Sunday lunch when we were in town, and what a lunch it was! My children were welcomed with open arms, Melba was the consummate hostess, and there was love abounding. She was a bright light to everyone who knew her.

BJ Noble Guenther

November 23, 2020

Oh, how many nights I’ve been to the Millican house. Sometimes, Melba was cutting someone’s hair in the kitchen. Always had so much fun there playing Rook. I haven’t seen Melba in years but always remember the times I had with her. Wonderful! I am so very sorry to hear this news.

frank oldfield

November 22, 2020

I honestly don't know what to say...I'm speechless. Every time I try to write something it sounds so trite but nevertheless Mrs Millican was truly such a wonderfully charming, graceful lady I am so happy to have known. I don't believe I ever saw her without that magnificent grin of her's.
She was simply the best.


November 21, 2020

Susan, Your sisters , Father. .please accept our prayers and thoughts for you all at this sad time...Wish we could be there to give you a big hug. .We are thinking of you. Please know we send our love to all of you.....Joe ,Karen, Nat Slaney

Frances Hutto Harris

November 20, 2020

Praying for you during this difficult time. Fond memories of our parent's lifelong friendship.
God's Blessings

Richard Ransom

November 20, 2020

My favorite aunt. Enjoyed several summers in their home growing up.

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