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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
Melba Culbreth

Melba Maurine Culbreth (Cavins)

Friday, July 11th, 1924 - Thursday, May 21st, 2020
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Melba Maurine (Cavins) Culbreth was born July 11, 1924 to Taylor Henry and Isabelle Harriet Cavins in Orr, Oklahoma. She died at Grace Living Center in Norman, Oklahoma on May 21, 2020 at the age of 95. The youngest of 9 children. She graduated as Valedictorian from Zaneis High School near Wilson Oklahoma in 1943. She married Clyde Culbreth, Jr April 6, 1947 at Wichita Falls, Texas. She worked most of her life and retired from Memorial Hospital in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She was a member at the Central Church of Christ in Ardmore, Oklahoma for about 60 years until she moved to Blanchard, Oklahoma in March of 2011. She then attended Bridge Creek Church of Christ. Following a fall in September 2013 she moved to a nursing facility. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Clydean and Chuck Beard of Blanchard; Grandson and his wife, Brandon and Jenny Beard of Blanchard, OK; Granddaughter and her husband, Shae and Will Mannering of Thomas, OK; Great-Grandchildren: Zachary Beard, Isaac Beard, Jaxen Mannering, Madi Mannering, and Kate Mannering; Great-Great-Grandchildren: Oliver Beard, Kyelynn Beard and Adalynne Berumen. She was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and sisters, her husband Clyde Culbreth, Jr, in 2000, and Granddaughter Cortney Beard in 1997.

A come and go visitation with the family present to greet friends will be held 3-5 PM Monday, May 25, 2020 at Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary at South Lakes, 4000 SW 119th Street OKC, OK 73173.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 25th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Monday, May 25th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Vondel Smith Mortuary at South Lakes
    4000 SW 119th Street
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    Come and go visitation.
  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 11:00am
    Hillcrest Memorial Park - Ardmore
    2525 C. Street
    ARDMORE, OK 73402
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    Ernie Landry
  • Interment

    Hillcrest Memorial Park - Ardmore
    2525 C. Street
    ARDMORE, OK 73402
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Posted at 09:47am
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Debbie High

Posted at 08:24am
Clydean, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Belinda Fields

Posted at 12:03am
Clydean, I am so sorry to here about your mom. I have such fond memories of her from high school days. She always welcomed me into your home, as if I was just another daughter. Her laughter was so cute. She let me call her Mimi, which I thought was funny. I just loved being around your Mom and Dad. I always felt like they were my Mom and Dad also. They were so special to me. You have been blessed. You come from a only child, to a large family. Enjoy your family while you have them I think of you often. All my love, {Nanner] Belinda Fields

Gary D. Cavins

Posted at 10:45am
I loved her very much. She made me laugh and smile every time I was around her. The Cavins' Clan is all back together.
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Shae M

Posted at 10:53am
My Mimi....I have a lifetime of precious memories, especially childhood memories. Brandon, Cortney, and I spent lots of time at Mimi and Papa's house in Ardmore. They kept us constantly entertained with bike riding, trips to the park and the lake, cooking, playing, and pretty much anything we wanted to do. If we wanted to do an Easter egg hunt in October. She would help us boil eggs, die them and we'd hunt them in the backyard. Seriously, anything we wanted to do at their house, we did it. They loved us fiercely and thought we hung the moon.

Too many stories and memories to share but forever thankful God blessed me with a grandma that loved the Lord. She has always been a Proverbs 31 woman in my eyes. She raised my mom in the Church, we were raised in the Church, and we are raising our children in the Church. She leaves a legacy, and will forever be missed.
I love you Mimi!!

"She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her, her husband praises her: There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all! Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise." Proverbs 31:25-31

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