Melva Evans Turner
Our best friend, sister, wife, mother, and “Grammy,” Melva Evans Turner, passed from this life to the next on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, following a battle with cancer. She was in Missouri City in her daughter’s home with her husband, Lin, and daughter, Melissa, by her side.
Melva was born on February 6, 1947 in Galena Park, Texas. The family moved to Bellaire, Texas around 1953 when her father started Evans Plumbing Company. Following graduation from Bellaire High School, Melva’s professional career included employment at OXY and HISD. She married the love of her life, Franklin Lindsay “Lin” Turner in 1974, and they lived in West University in Houston, until moving to Rockport in 1990.
Melva’s number one priority in life has always been her family. Melva has been devoted to her daughters Michelle, Valerie, and Melissa, and her grandchildren. “Grammy” loved to shower her family with love, which often included handmade gifts. Gatherings with family and friends almost always included a game of dominoes or cards. She loved to play Bunco with her friends; they could always rely on her to be the entertainment of the night! Her antics and jovial nature were always the highlight of the game and kept everyone laughing all evening. Melva volunteered on a regular basis at Prescription Assistance, a ministry to assist eligible individuals obtain free or low-cost prescription medications.
Melva is preceded in death by her father Venice C. Evans and her mother Ludie Marie Walters Evans. She is survived by her loving husband, Lin Turner; brother Dexter Evans; sister Karen McMullin; her daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Jeromy McCollum; daughter and daughter-in-law, Valerie Turner and Rachael Tobor; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Evan Gisler; granddaughters Laura Wilson, Hannah Turner, and Anna Gisler; grandsons Benjamin Turner, Grant McCollum, Clayton McCollum, and August Gisler; nieces Rachel Burger and Leslie Bailey; nephews Garen Evans and Gary McMullin; grand-nieces Hannah Burger, Evie Bailey, and Moriah Bailey; and grand-nephews David Burger, Jacob Burger, Nate Bailey, and Banner Bailey.
Melva’s Celebration of Life service and reception will take place at the First United Methodist Church in Rockport, Texas (801 E Main St, Rockport, TX 78382), on July 14 at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Prescription Assistance Program, First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1045, Rockport, TX 78381.