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Melba Maurine Sapaugh Avinger
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1917
Hopkins County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 2011
Walnut Creek
Contra Costa County
California, USA

Maurine Avinger, 93, a lifelong resident of Sulphur Springs until 2 years ago, passed away in Walnut Creek, CA, on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The former Melba Maurine Sapaugh was born on July 2, 1917 in Hopkins County. She was the daughter of William Victor Sapaugh and Lilah Jane Prim. She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School and attended East Texas State Teacher's College. In July, 1943 she married Joe Dan Avinger in Sulphur Springs. She worked as a bookkeeper and later had a successful accounting and tax preparation practice. Additionally, she helped her husband at his insurance office.
Mrs. Avinger was an active member of the First Baptist Church most of her life. In her free time, she liked to play bridge, read, and cook. She served as president of the Junior Waverly Club as well as the Lena Day Garden Club. Her love of gardening was evident when at one point she had over 300 African violets in her home.
She loved her Texas sports teams. When she moved to San Ramon, CA in 2008, she purchased special sports packages for her TV so that she could see all the games for her beloved Cowboys, Rangers, and Mavericks.
Maurine will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lilah and Paul Newton of Danville, CA, grandsons and their wives, Michael and Jill Newton of San Ramon, CA, David and Monica Newton of Dublin, CA, and two great granddaughters, Taylor and Emma Newton of San Ramon, CA.
She was preceded in death by her three brothers, T. T. (Cowboy) Sapaugh, Marvin Sapaugh, and Howard Sapaugh, and her sister, Polly Hall.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. at Myra Wilson Chapel at City Cemetery with Fred Lewis officiating. Visitation will be Friday, March 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the West Oaks Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Michael Newton, David Newton, Marvin Sapaugh, Don W. Sapaugh, Bob Purcell, and Jim Johnson.
The family requests that memorials be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

Family links: 
  William Victor Sapaugh (1879 - 1936)
  Lilah Jane Primm Sapaugh (1885 - 1920)
  Joe Dan Avinger (1905 - 1990)
  Marvin V Sapaugh (1911 - 1986)*
  Melba Maurine Sapaugh Avinger (1917 - 2011)
*Calculated relationship
Sulphur Springs City Cemetery
Sulphur Springs
Hopkins County
Texas, USA
Created by: LeRoy Hanson
Record added: Mar 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66439908
Melba Maurine <i>Sapaugh</i> Avinger
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Melba Maurine <i>Sapaugh</i> Avinger
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Melba Maurine <i>Sapaugh</i> Avinger
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 Added: Mar. 24, 2011

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