|Birth: ||Jun. 1, 1927|
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 2011|
After a brief illness, Melba Jean Cranfill Hearn passed from this life on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. She was born June 1, 1927, in Plainview, Texas, to Myron and Mary Yancey. Melba grew up on a farm in Plainview, attended Belleview Elementary and graduated from Plainview High School in 1944. After graduation, she spent a year in California where she worked for Western Union. She went from there to attend Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas, where she met and married her beloved husband of 60 years, Cullen Cranfill, until Cullen passed away after a lengthy illness in 2009. While attending church in Marble Falls, Texas, Melba met, fell in love with and eventually married Jim Hearn. The last year and a half of her life with Jim were some of the happiest times of her life which were spent traveling all over the U.S. and enjoying their time at home together. She loved Jim and his family dearly. Melba was, above all else, a child of God who was admired and loved by many. Her Christian example is one that her family will always admire and try to follow. Melba loved to laugh, and even in her final days was doling out great one-liners. She was a beautiful person inside and out, a true Southern lady and a joy to be around.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Myron and Mary Yancey; her late husband, Cullen Cranfill; son-in-law, Mark Nelson; nephew, David Brown; and niece Donna Hughes.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Hearn of Spicewood, Texas; sister, Louise Brown of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Christy Nelson of Midland, Texas, and Connie Hackney of Odessa, Texas; step-daughters Gail Plummer and her husband, Bill, of Allen, Texas, and Cherry Mayfield and her husband, Phil, of Austin; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces; and one nephew.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Marble Falls Church of Christ in Marble Falls, Texas, with minister Greg Neill officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Marble Falls.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com.
Published in Plainview Daily Herald from October 16 to October 17, 2011
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Oct 16, 2011
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