Melba Jean Shue

Melba Jean Shue

Melba Jean Shue

August 29, 1936~April 05, 2023

Melba Jean Shue, 86, of Baker passed away on April 5, 2023. She was born the first of five children at home on August 29, 1936, in Baker, FL to Willie and Thelma Sanford.

Melba married her sweetheart, Jackie Shue, in 1952 and had two children, Phillip and Pamela.  After a few years of Air Force moves, Jackie and Melba returned to Crestview/Baker where they would live out the rest of their days.  As Jackie finished his military career, Melba worked for the Crestview Hospital and lovingly raised their two children.

Upon Jackie’s retirement from the Air Force, they purchased a farm and began their life’s work together. However, Melba’s true passions and gifts were caring for her family and friends. She could grow anything and was the best country cook in all of the county, and if you came to visit, you were sure to leave full of good food and lots of love. However, her love really shone in her grandsons, Matthew and Seth, whom she adored.

Melba is preceded in death by her husband, Jackie L. Shue, her parents, Willie and Thelma Sanford, her brother, Hollis Sanford, her sister, Joyce Rhodes.

Melba is survived by her son, Phillip L. Shue (Kim) and grandson, Matt L. Shue, her daughter, Pamela J. Sisneros and her grandson, Seth Sisneros, her brothers, Marvin Sanford (Teny) and Fred Sanford (Gale).

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Baker, Florida with Pastor Geoff Prows officiating. Burial to follow at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery after service. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, from 2:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.

In Lieu of flowers the family has asked for a donation to be made at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Food Bank or an Animal Shelter of your choice.

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Ray Josey, 9074414721.

April 7, 2023, 2:56 pm

Phillip and Pam, sure am sorry about your Mother passing away. We were good friends with her and your Dad. Also, sorry to miss her funeral. I am flying in toFWB the morning of the 12th.returning to Alaska on the 25th. Please text me a good phone number for each of you.

Danny and Debbie Bowden

April 8, 2023, 3:25 pm

We are sorry for your loss. Praying for you.

Kappi Cawthon

April 10, 2023, 1:23 am

Matthew and I are thinking and praying for you all during this time. Mrs. Melba was always so kind to us. She will be missed.

Peppi Tate Grimes

April 11, 2023, 1:35 pm

With all my love and fondest memories Pam and Seth. Prayers for Peace and comfort from our Heavenly Father for all of the days, weeks, months and years to come.
The Family of Peppi Tate-Grimes

Nakia Rogers

April 11, 2023, 6:36 pm

I was a caregiver to Mrs.Melba and loved her like family. We would have some of the best laughs together. She really was like family and I will miss her dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Gail Winsett

April 12, 2023, 6:48 pm

Phillip, so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing! We lost momma Feb. 2001 and daddy Feb. 2010. Praying for your family.
Gail (Bishop) Winsett

Pamela D Sadler

April 20, 2023, 12:01 am

Pam i just seen that ur mom passed i am so sorry. I know u have heard this befor but if i can do anything please call me. 850-758-8212. I am so sorry. Moms are so important to us gurls.

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