Rosemary Phillips Melton
1928 - 2016
Rosemary Phillips Melton, formerly of Friona, died Friday, Mar. 18, 2016, in Amarillo. She was 87.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church of Friona with Rev. Skip Hodges and Rev. Brett Hoyle officiating. Burial will be in West Park Cemetery in Hereford. Arrangements are by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors.
As a descendant of the early pioneers in Deaf Smith County, Rosemary was born July 23, 1928, in Hereford, the daughter of Earl and Joyce (Corbett) Phillips. Following her graduation from Hereford High School in 1945, she attended Texas Christian University then West Texas State College where she graduated in 1949. She married Freeman Melton, Jr. on Aug. 14, 1949.
Mrs. Melton was an elementary school teacher for more than 30 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Texas Association of Retired Teachers, as well a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Rosemary was a devoted wife and loving mother who will be remembered for her kind spirit.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers, David and Wayne Phillips.
Survivors include one sister, Margaret Carnahan of Hereford; two daughters, Julie Winegeart and husband Eddie of Amarillo, and Joyce Vance and husband Frank of Amarillo; two sons, Steve Melton of Amarillo, and Paul Melton and wife Jan of Fort Worth; five grandchildren, Heath Haseloff and wife Lori of Dallas, Desirae Hughes and husband Jarred of Amarillo, Shawna Nichols of Amarillo, Jennifer McClellan of San Diego, Calif., Britton Melton of Fort Worth; and six great-grandchildren, Grace, Lexi, and Piper Hughes, Braedon and Cayden Nichols, and Annabelle Rose Haseloff.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Friona and the First Baptist Church of Friona.