Melba Johnson, a longtime resident of Irving, died Oct. 8 at her home in Dallas. She was born in Grayson County on Sept. 15, 1927. Her parents were O.R. and Patsy Neathery. She grew up in the Pilot Grove area and graduated from Van Alstyne High School and Bakers Business College. An only child, Johnson married another only child, James Johnson, of Howe on April 9, 1944.
Family was important to Melba Johnson and she was always close to her aunts, uncles, and cousins. This explains her hobby of genealogy which to took her across the country to visit distant relatives.
Melba Johnson was a real estate broker and was involved as a member, officer, or board member of many clubs and civic organizations including, Zonta, Business and Professional Women, Irving Genealogy Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James, and grandson, Timmy. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Carol Johnson of Dallas and Tim and Cheree Johnson of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, grandchildren, Greg, Chris, Caleb, and Sam, and great-grandchildren Blaike, Rex, Max, Blythe, Joe, Luci, and Emi. Melba is also survived by devoted special friend Salvador Calzada whom she thought of as a third son.
Her home was always open to her family and friends. She will be remembered forever. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Oak View Baptist Church, 1004 S Story Rd, Irving.