Mary Evelyn Melton of Lake Tanglewood died Sunday, August 3, 2008.
Born Mary Evelyn Wheeler, in Cooper, Texas on March 4, 1920. Evelyn graduated salutatorian in Waynoka, Oklahoma and eloped with Gene Melton August 21, 1938. Starting out in the Depression, and in Gene's early years with Santa Fe, she lived in many towns in Texas and Oklahoma and then during WWII when he was in the Navy, she followed his postings to Chicago, Brooklyn and Richmond, California when she could, holding jobs with a Chicago insurance company and back in Amarillo, the Potter County Clerk. Times were hard. After the war, they even lived in a railroad bunk car and tried to make a living on a farm outside of Siloam Springs, Arkansas which she had scouted out and purchased by herself in the years before the war. Eventually settling in Amarillo, she concentrated on raising her four children. In uncertain times, she took on a job with the Amarillo Bi-City County Health Department, rising to Administrative Secretary until she retired in 1980. They moved to Lake Tanglewood in 1979 when Gene retired from Santa Fe.
Able to do many things, she raised her family with strong values in the Church, and with an appreciation of music. Forever impressed by the many people who had gone out of their way to befriend her in the early years when times were hard, she in turn made friends with everyone she met, all her life long, learning about their families and honestly caring about their lives. There were no little people in her world, and in turn, she was beloved by them all.
She was preceeded in death by her husband of 69 years, Eugene James "Gene" Melton, Jr., her parents and younger sister Louise Hurd.
Evelyn is survived by her sister Ellen Joy Rook of Amarillo, her four children: Roger Melton and wife Linda of Rescue California, Mary Solomon and husband Walter of Lake Tanglewood, Henry Melton and wife Mary Ann of Hutto Texas, and Martha Barnett and husband Hugh of Dallas Texas. She had 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
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