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Mrs. Melba Jean Graham passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, in Richardson, Texas. She was 77.

Melba was born January 11, 1946, in Simms, Texas, to Barto and Viola Tidwell.

She married Ron Graham on June 26, 1965. Melba was the kindest, sweetest person and a true friend to anyone she met. Melba spent 41 years in the banking industry. In her early years, she would go to the local drugstore for lunch where she would meet her loving husband, Ron. Melba was an avid fan of the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and the Texas A&M Aggies. She also enjoyed working word puzzles, planting flowers and cross-stitching. Melba’s favorite television game shows were “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”. Melba loved spending Christmas with her family. She was a proud Nana who also enjoyed attending all her grandsons’ events in person when she could and watching online when she couldn’t. Melba is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Virginia Tidwell.

She is lovingly survived by her husband, Ron Graham of Richardson; son, Russell Graham of Frisco, Texas: daughter, Melissa (Chad) Gillean of Kingwood, Texas; grandchildren, Grayson Graham, Griffin Graham and Tanner Gillean; brothers, Patton (Paula) Tidwell of Texarkana, Texas and Tim Tidwell of Killeen, Texas; and several loving nieces and nephews.

Melba’s life will be remembered and celebrated at a graveside service in Sand Hill Cemetery near Simms, Texas on Friday, March 10, 2023, at 2:30 P.M.

Melba’s family lovingly requests memorial contributions be designated to the American Diabetes Association ( or to the National Kidney Foundation (

Online registration at www.batesfamilyfuneralhome. com.

Bowie County Citizens Tribune

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