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Melba J. Lindsey

d. October 21, 2018

Melba J. Lindsey, age 93, of Petersburg, formerly of Girard, IL and McAllen, TX, passed away on Sunday morning, October 21, 2018 at her son, Stephen (Doris) Lindsey’s home.

She was born January 6, 1925 in Canton, IL, the daughter of Len and Nora Nall Aten.

Melba married Charles Lindsey on January 20, 1946 in Canton, Illinois.

She is survived by a two sons, Stephen (wife Doris) Lindsey of Petersburg and Philip E. (wife Kathleen) Lindsey of Morehead City, NC; grandchildren, Robert C. Lindsey of Centennial, CO, Philip C. Lindsey of Wilmington, NC, Lori (Eric) Lindsey Smith of Springfield; step-grandchildren, Paul (Candice) DeGroot of Reston, VA, Amy (Todd) Bree of Lincoln, IL; great-grandchildren, Lauren Lindsey, of Centennial, CO, Sophia and Alexander Smith of Springfield, IL; great-step-grandchildren, Ryan Hillyer, Trevor and Trent Bree of Lincoln, IL, Alexander DeGroot of Belleville, IL, and Mila Ferreria, Reston, VA.

Melba is preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Lindsey and three brothers.

She was a beauty operator and later was a secretary for Girard School District.

Melba volunteered for Rio Grande Hospital in McAllen, TX for 25 years.  She loved to dance.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Greenview AMVETS Post 179 south of Greenview.

Burial of cremains will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield at a later date.

Memorials can be given to Greenview AMVETS Post 179.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Steve, Doris and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss and I am thinking of you all at this difficult time. Melba was a very nice lady and had such an awesome personality. She could come back with little one-liners that had you laughing days later! She will truly be missed by all!

    I pray that you can find comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain or suffering and she is looking down on you all with smiles and love.

    Lisa Birk and family

  2. Steve and Doris: While we didn’t know Melba very well she was always so cheerful and smiling when we would see her at the chicken dinners! We will miss seeing her! Sending you hugs and prayers at this time of sorrow!

    Bill, Deb and Doloris Singer

  3. Steven and Philip, I am Louise Wilcoxen’s son, your dads sister, and just heard about your mom.. It has been many years since I have seen any of your family but just wanted to let you know that I have fond memories of your mom and dad. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your families at this time. So sorry for your loss.

    JC. Donna, Jason & Josh Wilcoxen and all the Wilcoxen family

  4. Steven & Philip, this is Iouise Wilcoxen’s son, your dads sister, It has been a long time since I have seen any of your family but when I heard about your mom I wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have fond memories of your mom and dad from family reunions and Christmas family get togethers.

    JC, Donna Jason and Josh and all the Wilcoxen family

  5. Aunt Melba never knew a stranger. She could light up a room. We all have many fond memories of her laughter, dancing and kindness. May she now be united with Chuck, the love of her life. Our family joins many others in thanking God for her many years with us. May she rest in peace. Blessing to Steve & Phil, and families.

  6. Steve & Doris, Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Will sure miss her laugh. Prayers for your family.

  7. Steve and Doris, So sorry for your loss. Melba was a real sweetheart and knew how to have a good time too. I know you will miss her, you both did such a beautiful job of caring for her with so much love. She’s dancing with the Angels now. May God grant you peace

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