Melba Lou Kirkpatrick, 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 10, 2018



Melba Lou Kirkpatrick, 82, passed away on July 5, 2018.The daughter of Roy J. and Noma Martha (Cearly) Pruitt, Melba was born on March 5, 1936 in Geary, OK.

Melba graduated from Lawton High School and went to the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned her Master’s degree. She worked in the Metropolitan Library System for over 25 years and retired as the head librarian of Southern Oaks Library.Melba was also a part of the Red Hat Society.She always cared for and put others before herself.She always made people feel welcome and everyone loved Melba.

She also had many four-legged family members that she loved like family.She would bury them in the back yard and mark their graves in order to remember and honor them.Her husband Tommy would always say about Melba, “She had 10,000 words to say each day.”She will have many family members waiting for her at the Rainbow Bridge.

Melba is survived by her 2 daughters, Lisa Anne Austin and husband Ron and Belinda Sue Jolly and husband Mike Stone; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; siblings, Jimmy Dale Pruitt and wife Sharon, William Thomas Pruitt and wife Sharon, and Sherry Pruitt Conner and husband Lee.She is preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Tommy Rae Kirkpatrick.

Visitation begins Monday at 9:00 AM at the John Ireland Funeral Home, Open To All.

A Private -Family Only- Graveside Service for Melba will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Resthaven Memory Gardens, OKC, OK.

Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home.






Laura Story commented on 08-Jul-2018 12:36 PM
So sorry for your loss.
Julie Schofield commented on 09-Jul-2018 12:28 PM
Melba gave me a chance and hired me at Southern Oaks Library 27 years ago. I will forever be grateful to her for her support and friendship. She was the manager but was always willing to pitch in and do anything she expected us to do. Once after something was put in the dumpster out back she hiked her skirt up and started to climb in! Of course, since I was more suitably dressed I stopped her but I will never forget that as long as I live. Melba was one in a million. I am so sorry for this great loss to her family and friends and also to our community.
Heidi Johnson commented on 11-Jul-2018 11:34 AM
Melba was a wonderful person to work with and for. I will always remember her kind ways. I am very sorry for your loss!


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