Melba Lee Collins was born October 7, 1927 in Butler, Oklahoma to Elizabeth and George W. Carpenter. She passed away July 24, 2017 at Elk City, Oklahoma at the age of 89 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Melba grew up in the Butler community where she attended schools. At the age of 16 she was married to Paul Ray Collins at Butler, Oklahoma on November 13, 1943. After their marriage they made their home 5 miles west of Butler, Oklahoma where they farmed mainly cotton. In 1954 they moved to Wichita, Kansas while Paul worked for Cessna Aircraft Company and Melba found employment in the school cafeteria. In 1963 they moved their family back to Butler, Oklahoma where they went into the feed business and in 1969 built a new feed mill in Hammon, Oklahoma. Together they operated P&M Feed Mill until their retirement in 1982. Melba enjoyed traveling and had many different hobbies including gardening and painting. She loved music but she excelled in anything she tried.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 1 son-in-law, Darrell Williamson; 2 grandsons and 8 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her 4 children, Pauletta Williamson, Decatur, AL, Don
Collins and wife, Marjean, Foss, OK, Dean Collins and wife, Mavis, Hammon, OK
and David Collins and wife, Andrea, Sayre, OK; 12 grandchildren, 21 great
grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; 1 sister, Racheal Johnson, Sedgwick,
KS; 2 brothers-in law, Gene Collins, Butler, OK and Bob Collins and wife, Ann,
Frederick, OK and a host of other relatives and friends.
Burial will be at Butler Cemetery.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Hammon First Baptist Church
Hammon, Oklahoma 73650
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