Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1941

Melba Brimberry MELBA LOIS BRIMBERRY GRAVES, 82, of Abilene, TX passed away April 19, 2006. Graveside services were held at Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories. Born January 15, 1924, in Ranger, TX, Melba was the daughter of the late Arch and Lola (Anderson) Brimberry. After graduating from Ranger High School, and when World War II broke out, Melba and her aunt went to Washington DC and worked for the Navy Department for a year. Afterward, they returned home and Melba moved to Abilene with her mother. Melba met Douglas Graves in 1945 and they were married in Albany, TX, in 1946. They have lived all of their married life in Abilene, where they have been members of Southern Hills Church of Christ for many years. Melba is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Douglas Graves of Abilene; two sisters, Adele Grounds (RHS-1939) of Hobbs, NM, and Dean Cole of Abilene; along with many nieces and nephews. SISTER: NADINE "DEAN" BRIMBERY COLE, 82, passed away September 3, 2011, at her residence. Burial was in Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene, TX. Nadine was born April 9, 1929 to Lola (Anderson) and William (W.A.) Brimberry in Ranger, TX. She moved to Abilene, TX in 1942 & married Aubrey Ray Cole in July of 1946 in Abilene. Nadine was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1950. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Melba Graves (RHS-1941). Survivors include her husband, Aubrey Cole of Abilene; a son, Ray Cole and wife, Carol, of Fort Worth, TX; a daughter, Lynette O'Neal and husband, Robert, of Abilene; a sister, Adele Grounds (RHS-1939) of Hobbs, NM; a sister-in-law, Feddy Button of Abilene; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.