December 30, 1907 – February 15, 2012
Melba Luella Brown passed away quietly February 15, 2012 at her home for over the last ten years, The Waters of Greencastle. Melba was 104 years old. She was born on December 30, 1907 in Lone Elm Kansas. Her Parents were Charles and Margaret Lamb. She is pre-deceased by her Husband Paul Brown and her younger Sister, Thelma Lamb Walters. She is survived by her Niece Luella Hendrich, Nephews: Thomas Walters - wife Alice, Larry Walters - wife Betty, Clark Valintine - wife Karen adopted Grandson Andrew Knox, adopted Daughter Linda Hall and a multitude of great nieces and nephews.
Although a Hoosier at heart, Melba had a life long love affair with California. She and Paul spent over forty years living in Southern California. Her neighbors included Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Walt Disney and Bing Crosby to name a few.... She helped found the first Dairy Queen which became a 17 year career. Together they owned several small businesses including a hardware store and a coffee shop. She returned to Indiana to live in 1987 and bury her husband Paul. Melba (“Brownie”) will be remembered for her incredible baking. Her pies and cinnamon rolls (grandma buns) were simply amazing. She adored animals and had many pets during her life.
Melba’s Funeral Service will be at Hopkins Rector Funeral Home, Saturday, February 25, 2012. Viewing hours will begin at 11 AM, Eastern Star Memorial at 12:30, Service and Committal at 1 PM. The Rev. Paul Taylor will officiate. Friends and Family are cordially invited to a reception following the burial at The Waters of Greencastle, approximately 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers the Family asks for donations to be made either to Horizon Hospice Care in Danville, IN or the Humane Society of Putnam County (www.hspcanimals.org/donations.html). Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 25, 2012
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February 23, 2012
Melba was very special to me. I met her when she used to come into the Doctor's office where I worked 25 years ago. She was very special and I learned a lot from her. She was kind and courageous. I will never forget her!!
February 23, 2012
I met Melba at The Waters and she was so sweet and she just always had something nice to say. I enjoyed listening to her life stories about living in California. I'm really going to miss her. She definitely has a place in my heart forever.
February 22, 2012
I have so many happy memories when I lived in Greencastle Melba was a dear friend,she looked after my dog (Alistair) when I went home to England.
We shared recipes and our flower interests,I cannot say enough great things about this great lady. Sheila Dettloff.
February 22, 2012
We lived across the street from Melba on Hillsdale Ave, her last address before moving to a nursing home. Though in her 80s, Melba was active and vibrant. She was a pioneer in her own way, experiencing new things and making new friends as her life progressed without preconception or prejudice. She was a wonderful friend.
February 21, 2012
What a beautiful lady Melba wasl Inside and out, she was so special. My mother Lenos Perry was in the room next to Melba until she died in 2006. Melba was so good to my mother and all of the others there. She certainly has earned her new home and new body. She will be missed. In Christian Love, Marilyn Grove, Cloverdale