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Jessie “Melba” Corley, 90, of Nacogdoches, Texas died February 3 rd , 2024 at Willowbrook Nursing Center in Nacogdoches, Texas after battling an illness. Funeral services will be Tuesday February 6 th , 2024 at 11am at the Dickie Allen funeral home chapel. The visitation will be on Tuesday one hour prior to the funeral also at the funeral home. Interment will follow the funeral service at Rock Springs Cemetery in Central Heights, Texas.
Mrs. Corley was born on December 13 th , 1933, the second child of Grady and Lois (Satterwhite) Minter. Other siblings were Joyce, Sarah, and Earl. Growing up on the farm near Cushing, Texas during the depression years taught Melba to be resourceful and to work hard. The skills and resiliency learned from her family served her well throughout her life. She was an amazing cook and meals at her house provided an abundant feast of good ol’ country cooking. She enjoyed cooking for her family and others. She especially loved hosting an annual Easter/Birthday celebration for her extended family. Everyone loved coming to Aunt Melba’s house. Melba loved the Lord and dedicated her life to God by serving others. She grew up in the Oak Flat
Baptist Church and later joined the Trawick Presbyterian Church when she married Conrad in 1951. She loved her church family and served the church and community well. You could count on her regular participation in all activities of the church. The Trawick ladies were known for putting on quite the spread, and Melba was always cooking for and helping to organize, and decorate for church luncheons, showers, or other special events. She participated in the Trawick Quilting Ladies group, served as an Elder, and was church treasurer for 20 years. She had a gift of arranging flowers she shared every Sunday by providing fresh flower arrangements for Sunday worship services for many years. Melba married the love of her life, Conrad Corley, on August 19 th , 1951 and they were married for 68 years, until his death in 2020. They were the perfect match for each other and built their home in Trawick where they would live happily for the rest of their lives. They raised two daughters, Rose and Violet, in a home filled with love and respect. Melba was a homemaker who worked tirelessly to care for her family by cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening, canning, and raising chickens to supplement the family income. She was someone you could count on and could often be found helping her extended family and her neighbors.
Retirement years were a special time for Melba and Conrad. They enjoyed spending time together and with their family. They lived a simple life and continued to stay busy doing the things they loved; gardening, yard work, and working together on numerous projects. Melba’s hobbies were cooking, decorating, and working in her flower beds, but her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She thoroughly enjoyed keeping them, entertaining them, making all their favorite foods (especially cheese dip), and spoiling them endlessly. The grandkids loved spending time with their grandparents, learned so much from them, and have many happy memories and stories of their time at Grandma and Granddaddy’s house. Their love for children extended to the great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and children of the church. Melba was very nurturing and showed her love by taking care of her family and others. She had a quiet, unassuming nature and never complained. She was a “rock” for her family and could always be counted on to do whatever needed to be done. She loved her family and friends deeply and they loved her. She will be greatly missed.
Melba is survived by her daughter Rose Johnson and husband Stanley of Nacogdoches; granddaughters Casey Johnson of Lindale, Lindsey Watson and husband Matt of Nacogdoches, Jennifer Stoner and husband Kyle of Friendswood, Stephanie Hornsby and husband Eric of Douglass; sister Sarah Kerss and husband James Thomas of Nacogdoches; great grandchildren Libby Watson, Maggie Watson, Karen Stoner, Andrew Stoner, Gwendolyn Hornsby, Case Hornsby, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Conrad, daughter Violet Rogers Goodall, son-in-law John Goodall, infant granddaughter Kimberly Ann Johnson, parents Grady and Lois Minter, in-laws Merkel and Lorene Corley, sister Joyce Bunn, brother-in-law Jack Bunn, brother Earl Minter, sister-in-law Carolyn Minter.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Kerss, Harold Minter, Allen Minter, Matt Watson, Kyle Stoner, and Eric
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trawick Presbyterian Church Building Fund 272 CR 831 Nacogdoches, Tx 75964.
Trawick Presbyterian Church
272 CR 831, Nacogdoches TX 75964