Melba Ruth Phillips

May 6, 2011 • Obituaries


Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, May 9, 2011, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Melba Ruth Phillips, 87, of [auth] Roswell, who passed away on May 4, 2011. The Rev. Phil Grassie, of Westside Church of Christ in Artesia, will officiate.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 7, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 8, 2011, from 12 to 7 p.m., at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Melba was born on April 18, 1924, in Roswell, to Coleman and Elberta Robinson, who preceded her in death. She was predeceased also by her husband Cecil Phillips; a brother, Coleman Robinson; and a great-grandchild, Gage Phillips.

Melba is survived by a son Brian Phillips and his wife Debbie, of Roswell; daughter Tina Williams and her husband Bill, of Roswell; brothers, Bob Robinson and his wife Beth, of Roswell, and Bill Robinson, of Eunice; sisters, Emma Williams and her husband Percy, of Roswell, and Catherine Melton and her husband John, of Roswell; five grandchildren, Rhonda Riali, Jim Phillips, Gary Phillips, Emily Williams and Luke Williams; and eight great-grandchildren.

Melba was of the Baptist faith. Melba’s family homesteaded on the Caprock. She attended Tatum High School and played saxophone in the school band. In 1949, she married Cecil Phillips in Yuma, Ariz.

They resided in California for several years before returning to Roswell. Melba worked for First National Bank, which became United New Mexico and then Wells Fargo, and retired after 35 years. She enjoyed working in her yard and bowling. She bowled with the United New Mexico team for many years and after retirement continued to bowl with the senior league. Melba loved her family and lived a long healthy life. She is missed. Friends may pay respects online at lagronefuneralchapels. com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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