Melba Fern


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Melba Fern Estep

Apr 28 1933 - Apr 19 2007

Melba Fern Estep, age 73, of Anna, Texas, passed away peacefully at her home on April 19, 2007, surrounded by her family and friends, after a long courageous battle with breast cancer. Melba was born into the Anna/Rosamond community in Texas on April 28, 1933, to Aleck Dale and Lena Bell (Ashmore) Cawthon. She graduated from Anna High School in 1950, and married Bob Estep on September 29, 1950, in Sherman, Texas. She worked many years at Wysong Hospital as a respiratory therapist in addition to keeping the books for the family business. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of McKinney. She was a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and friend. She loved family time and traveling in their RV. Melba was a strong Christian lady and very much an inspiration to others. It was her faith in God that helped her through the hard times she has recently faced. She touched the lives of many with her positive look on life. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bob Estep; daughters Linda Green of Lewisville, TX, Donna Askew and her husband Henry of Princeton, TX, Patti McCartney and her husband Danny of Van Alstyne,TX, and Marsha Maring of Keller, TX; grandchildren, Julie Litchfield and her husband Lucky, Jeff Green and his wife Stephanie, Blake Askew and his wife Becky, Brad Askew, Tana and Tara McCartney, and Audre Tilton; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Harrison Litchfield, and Bailey, Brittni, and Braelynn Askew; brothers, Scotty Cawthon and his wife Camille of Henderson, TX and Jack Cawthon and his wife Kay of Van Alstyne, TX. Preceding her in death were her parents; and grandson, Adam Tilton. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, April 23, 2007 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Rev. David Meeks, Dr. Jerry Poteet and Dr. Jeff Warren officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery in Anna, Texas. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Sunday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Sunday evening beginning at 6:00 PM.
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