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Obituary for Melba Crane

WISTER – Melba Lee Crane, 82, of Wister, passed away Friday, June 18, 2021 at her home.

Melba was born Jan. 21, 1939 in Wister to Melvin and Ruth (Callaway) Qualls.

Services are 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Bethel Baptist Church in Wister, with Jim Cook and Josh Effinger officiating.  Burial will follow at Ellis Chapel Cemetery in Wister, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.

Melba managed the Wister Lake Café and the Sale Barn Café, but her passion was flowers. She was a florist until she could no longer work; she was noted for her large beautiful arrangements.  Melba was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Wister.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Robin and Chris Benson; sons and daughters-in-law Rocky and Susan Crane, and Ricky and Diane Crane, all of Wister; grandchildren Ashlea Duggar, Rocky Allyn Crane, Brandon Benson, Justin Benson, Haley Makovy, Kelsey Mead and, Clint Crane; 12 great grandchildren; nephew and wife, Don and Janet Massey; a very special caregiver, Kim Ollie; numerous cousins; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Pallbearers are Rick Vaughn, Billy Gene Shipman, Cody Covey, Eddie Pierce, Todd Thompson, Rick Hill.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Free, Carl Whitlock and T.W. Emerson.

We extend a heartfelt thanks to Elara Hospice and nurse Angie Oliver.

The family will be at the funeral home on Monday from 6-8 p.m. to visit with relatives and friends.

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