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Melba Bruner

Mrs. Melba Parelea Bruner (nee: Farrow), age 82, of Gaines, died January 16th, 2018. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Melba was the daughter of William and Parelea (nee: Morrow) Farrow. Melba married William (Bill) Bruner in Pocahontas, AR, July 5, 1952. Bill and Melba were avid square dancers for many years and loved gardening. Melba served the US Postal Service in the offices of Gaines, and Grand Blanc, MI, for many years. Melba was preceded in death by her husband Bill, daughter Cheryl (Bruner) Granger, parents Parelea Anna (nee: Morrow) Farrow and William Farrow, brothers Roman (Romey), Rex, Manford, and William (Joe) Farrow. Melba is survived by her daughter, Colleen (Thomas) Sims of Ft Myers, FL, grandson Christopher (Erin) Sims and great grandsons John and Colin, Birmingham, MI, granddaughter Aimee (Erik) Boillat, great grandchildren Jonah and Julia of Dewitt, MI, brother Hershal (Shirley) Farrow, Siloam Springs, AR, sister in-law Hilde Farrow, Bowling Green, OH, Lee Farrow, Swartz Creek, MI, sister in law Wahneta Felton and Charles Robert Bruner; both of Indiana. Son in-law Terry (Anita) Granger, White Lake, MI and several nieces, nephews and many other family members. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or charity of your choosing. A special thank you to the Rockwell Memory Care team and Hometown Health & Hospice for your tender care over the years.

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Posted: Wed, January 17, 2018

Its great Melba was able to see what a wonderful family she raised, shes in a wonderful place right now and smiling. Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you, take care.

~Steve and Deb Lund    

Colleen, our heartfelt sympathy upon the loss of your mother. Hope to see you soon.

~Brian & Nancy Rudolph    

Melba and Bill were an outstanding couple and will be remembered by their quite and gental nature. I know she was ready to go be with her mate. My deepest sympathy to you and your Families.

~Peggy J. (McFatridge) Reed    

She was such a lovely lady who cared for everyone she came in contact with. I will miss her and treasure her memory. My thoughts and prayers are with every member of the family. Love you all.

~Gail Anderson    

Deepest sympathy Colleen and family- so glad we had the pleasure of knowing Melba and having some fun family moments together. All our love!

~Erin, Chris, John, and Colin    

Very sorry for your loss Colleen and Family. Sending lots of prayers your way at this difficult time.

~Emilie, Max, and Zack Miller    

So sorry for your loss Colleen. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Love, Pat

~Pat Gerds    

We are so very sorry for your loss Colleen and family. We are glad that we could know your mother Melba for a little while. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

~Dale, Iris, Spencer, Daniel and Scott Coons    

Colleen, your compassion for your mother made this transition a peaceful one. Rockwell wont be the same. Melba will be missed.


Melba and I were good friends when I lived in Gaines. Sorry to hear of your loss.

~Diane Turner    

Remember the wonderful times we had together


Deepest sympathy and much love to all our wonderful family.

Grandma was so good at comforting others, and this what she told me when my Mom (Cheryl) died: that your loved ones are never really gone if you treasure memories of them and your good times together in your heart, they’ll be right there with you.

I’m thankful for so many good memories to treasure and keep her with me always.


We had such wonderful times together. Such a great friend. God bless you all dear family

~Tiny Pettit    


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