Melba Maxine (Masters) Collins, age 94, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. She was born Jan. 17, 1919, in Crum Creek, Okla., to James and Lottie (Kiser) Masters, was raised in Lincoln, Ark., and married Fayette Lewis Collins on July 16, 1937.
They soon moved to Abilene, Kan., which became their home. She worked for 30 years cooking lunches for children at the McKinley Grade School in Abilene.
She also spent many hours volunteering at the First Presbyterian Church, the Memorial Hospital in Abilene, and the Senior Center. Melba loved children and baby sat for many in the Abilene community.
Melba was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fayette, brothers Alvin Masters, Othonel Snowder and Charles Snowder.
She is survived by son Ronald (Dorothy) of Wichita, grandchildren Brian of Wichita and Cynthia of Hutchinson, great granddaughter Cheyenne of Wichita, sister, Wilma Shannon of Lincoln, Ark., and brother, Melvin Snowder of Disney, Okla.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, Abilene, Kan. Interment will follow at the Abilene City Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral home, Abilene, Kan. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Abilene, or Good Shepherd Hospice of Wichita, and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 N.W. Third, Abilene, KS, 67410. Online condolences may be sent to www.martinbeckercarlson.com.
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Melba Collins)