of Batesville, AR
November 20, 1937 - November 3, 2019
Melba Walker Keyes of Batesville, Arkansas, formerly of Flippin, departed this earthly life at her home on the 3rd of November, 2019, All Saints Sunday.She was born on November 20th 1937 in New Orleans, LA to Boyce F. Walker and Ruth Easton Walker. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband of 62 years, James Lyman Keyes of the home; daughter Kendal Lane Keyes (Tom Shearer) of Rockport, TX and son Kevin Lawrence Keyes (Keisha Croswhite) of Flagstaff, AZ. Mrs. Keyes was called ''Honey'' by her three grandaughters: Shonna Wolverton (Cody), Kendra Webb (Riley) and Deirdre Kisselburg(Dalton). She was the great-grandmother of Raigen, Rawlin, Ruby, Ryan, Tyler, Casen and Conor.Melba was a 1955 graduate of Gulf Park Junior College and subsequently attended the University of Colorado and Tulane University.She was married to Ensign James L. Keyes , USNR, on June 28th, 1957, at Rayne Memorial Methodist Church in New Orleans. They subsequently lived in Pensacola, FL; Imperial Beach, CA; Newport, RI; Bay St. Louis, MS; Flour Bluff, TX; Agana, Guam; Beeville, TX; St. Joe, AR; Yellville, AR; Flippin, AR and Batesville, AR.Melba excelled at cooking, gardening, decorating, entertaining and caring for her family and friends. When Jim retired from the Navy after 25 years, they moved to 40 acres of hillside land in Marion County. There, she proved that she was a great home-builder, too! Together, they built a modern home which she decorated and blessed with her skills.A memorial service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, November 9, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Yellville, Arkansas with Blake Brinegar officiating.Roller-Burns Funeral Home
Hello Cdr Keyes,Mike and I are so sorry to hear of Melba’s passing. I remember her as a gracious lady. God bless you and your family. (You were my boss at NAS Beeville (AIMD). )Lori and Mike Washam
We have such fond memories of Melba as we think of your family. She truly was special. We will see you on Saturday. Love, Joe and Carol
Please accept my deepest sympathy. We miss you and Melba in Marion County.Judith
Jim- So sorry to hear about Melba. She was such a great lady. My condolences to you and all your family.