|Ethel Perkins Melbert was born on April 10, 1897, in Houston, Texas. After a long and full life, Mrs. Melbert died on May 10, 1985, in the city of her birth.
Her husband’s ministry extended over a period of forty-three years. She ministered side by side with him and knew her role as a pastor’s wife to be her calling. Her love for God and others was the foundation upon which she built and lived her life.
Mrs. Melbert was for many years a teacher of children in the church’s education ministry. Upon moving to San Antonio she taught a women’s Sunday school class and found much joy in working with the United Methodist Women. She had a tremendous sense of humor. She loved to laugh and loved to help others laugh and find happiness. Two of her hobbies included cooking and genealogy research. She was able to trace her ancestry back to the 17th century.
Her death occurred only four and a half months following her husband’s. Dr. and Mrs. Melbert’s significant legacy include their son and daughter, six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. One of the Roper grandchildren is continuing in the tradition of the ministry as a chaplain in the United States Army.
Appreciation for the above information is expressed to Dr. Calvin W. Froehner, Senior Pastor of the Travis Park United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1985; p. 253-254|