October 2, 1935 ~ January 5, 2022

Born in: Tolar, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Melba Anderson, 86, of College Station, passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. The family will have a private burial at the Aggie Field of Honor. The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 1:30 p.m., followed by visitation with the family in the church’s atrium. Prior to the service, family and out-of-town guests are invited to lunch at the church from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

Melba was born on October 2, 1935 to Joe Talmage and Ethel Ophelia Campbell Wood in Tolar, Texas, at her grandmother’s home.

Melba was a life-long learner, graduating from Melvin High School as valedictorian and furthering her education at Baylor University. From there, she decided she couldn’t wait to marry her childhood sweetheart, Lavon, who was a student at Texas A&M. They moved to Waco while Lavon served in the United States Air Force.  They then returned to College Station, where Lavon completed his education. After Lavon obtained his PhD,, Melba, Lavon and their three girls moved to Corpus Christi, then to Odessa, followed by Plano. During that time, Melba was very active in many church activities, including many years of teaching youth in Sunday School and youth mission trips each summer.

When Lavon retired, he and Melba promptly built a house and moved to College Station.  Melba was extremely active at First Baptist Bryan, where she led Bible Study, quilting groups, taught young married couples in Sunday School, Women On Mission, and was a mentor to MOPS.  She taught many women to quilt, crochet, and do all kinds of crafts through the Discovery program.  She was also involved with Texas A&M University’s Chancellors Council, and was selected to serve for a game as “assistant coach” for Gary Blair’s women’s basketball program.

Melba wrote youth Sunday School lessons for the SBC / Lifeway.  She was a gifted writer and left many written memories for her family – including everything from Scripture interpretations to musical production narrations to Christmas letters to Santa (a must read), to humorous texts to her grandsons and sticky notes to her daughters.  She was known for her humor but even more for her incredible gift of giving to others and for her unconditional love for her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Elroy Otte.

She is survived by her husband, Lavon Anderson, of 65 ½  years; her daughters, Kerri Donica (Corsicana), Alicia Anderson (Denton), and Juli Woolley and husband Kevin (Lindale); her grandchildren, Hunter Donica, Heath Donica and wife Ashley, Parker Heath, Brandon Woolley and Brittney Woolley; her great-grandchildren, Brooks Donica and Maverick Donica; her sister, Barbara White and husband Harold, her brother, Gale Wood and wife Sandra, and her sister-in-law, Marsha Anderson; and other relatives and so very many, many friends. She will be missed more than words could possibly express.

Should such be desired, donations to the First Baptist Bryan building fund (in lieu of flowers) would be appreciated.

Services

Memorial Service: January 8, 2022 1:30 pm

First Baptist Church - Bryan
3100 Cambridge Dr
Bryan, TX 77802

979-776-1400
http://fbcbryan.org

Visitation: January 8, 2022 2:30 pm

First Baptist Church - Bryan
3100 Cambridge Dr
Bryan, TX 77802

979-776-1400
http://fbcbryan.org

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  1. Thank you, Karr. I know your family suffered a terrible loss and we so appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
    Kerri

  2. I will always love, and never forget, my forever friend, Melba Anderson! What a privilege to be her friend and to enjoy her delicious food as newlyweds when I could only cook fudge and make a pear salad! Years of memories, respect, and love for this wonderful lady!
    Allana Harris

  3. My sincere condolences to the family. When Alicia would talk about her momma her face would just light up. I never got to met her, but felt like I had known her forever. What a huge impact she has made on so many people, she will be greatly missed. Lifting the family up in prayer

  4. Kerri, our hearts go out to you, the boys, and the entire family. We know how devastating this loss is to you all. We will be praying for all of you through this difficult time.
    Love you all, Lisa and family

  5. My condolences to you Kerri and your family. May God bring you all comfort and strength through this trying time.
    -Jessica Freeman and family

  6. Melba and Lavon have been wonderful examples of the true Christian spirit and we cherish the friendship and the beautiful memories…”the best seats in the house” for Sunday Service, Small Group Meetings, and Sunday lunches. Melba’s “light” shines brightly here and now heaven has a new shinning light.

  7. Our deepest sympathies to the Anderson family from Liz Glass and all the Glass family. Fond memories of you all from FBC Odessa days. Melba was a special person and we know she will be sorely missed. We are sorry to hear of her earthly passing.

  8. We were so saddened to hear the news about Melba today. I will always remember her quick wit and the kind twinkle in her eyes. Please know that your family, especially Lavon, are in the Rushing family prayers. Love to all…

  9. Alicia and family I am so sorry for your loss. Although I never met Melba in person I feel like I know her. Alicia always told stories and spoke so lovingly of her sweet mom. My prayers and love are with each of you as mourn today and also rejoice for you as your mom is signing with the Angels.

  10. Our deepest sympathies to all the family! May God bring comfort and strength to all of you.
    Love, Matt Shana & Colton

  11. Our love and thoughts go out to the Anderson family. We have such wonderful memories of Melba and LaVon and their family, especially sweet Juli, who was in our youth group, at First Baptist, Odessa. Melba was always such a great lady. She will be missed.

  12. Anderson Family,
    We are sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers to your family.
    We had some great times with you all at the Fall Get Togethers surrounding
    Baylor & Aggie Football.
    May god Bless You and Keep You till We Meet Again!!

    The Parsons Family

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