HOUSTON – Melba Lois Berry Sanderson died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. Born July 22, 1925, she had a true servant’s heart and spent her life making things better for everyone around her. Known for her sweet smile and gentle spirit, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Thad Sanderson; her parents, David Loyce Berry and Virginia Belle Griffin Berry; and her two sisters, Elizabeth (Libby) Ming of West Point and Lucille Woodruff of Houston.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty (Dave) Sandidge; her son, Bobby (Dorajean) Sanderson; her grandchildren, Miriam Lois (Jesse) Garner and Bennett Thad (Jana) Sanderson; her great-grandchildren, Sanderson Morgan Garner, Emma Lee Garner, David Brand Garner, Charles Thad Garner, Laurel Day Sanderson, Fenton Elias Sanderson and Grisham Holmes Sanderson; her beloved nieces and nephews; and a wonderful friend and helper, Clara Branch.
Beginning her adult life with an infant daughter and a husband serving in World War II, she lived her life with the frugality of one who had known hard times and the generosity of one who owned the whole world. While raising her own family, she cared for parents in failing health and somehow made everyone around her feel loved and appreciated in every possible way. She helped her husband run a successful business, then worked alongside him as a bookkeeper at several auto dealerships. Melba was always involved with her children’s activities at school and at First Baptist. Her many friends in the Busy Bees Club always knew to call on her when something needed to be done. She modeled to all those who knew her how to give back and love unconditionally.
Friends and family are invited to gather Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home to celebrate her life of giving and compassion. Following the service on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., she will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Griffin, Raymond Rowland, Harold Robinson, Todd Bennett, Larry Williams and Jimmy Marion.
Honorariums may be made to First Baptist Church or the Lottie Moon Offering.
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