Melba Lou Shipper Stansel

of Angleton, TX

December 23, 1933 - September 8, 2023

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Melba Lou, 89 years old.
She went to Freeport Highschool and graduated from Elkhart, Tx.
Melba's hobbies included growing flowers, gardening, cooking, baking, making wedding cakes, sewing, traveling, & camping. She loved spending time with family & her TOPS group.
For her daughter's store, Melba enjoyed making wreaths, specialty jellies, pumpkin bread, date/cherry cake, and fruit cake. People often came in the store, asking for the "Melba Lou" jelly and would call ahead of time, asking for her cakes and pumpkin bread.

She was very proud of her family's military service. Garland was in the Navy, David, Wayne, & Christopher in the Army, and Larry in the Marines.

Melba is survived by:
Willard Garland Stansel, husband of 71 years
Sons: David & Larry Stansel
Daughters: Connie (Barry) Dunn, & Suzy (John) Potts
Grandchildren: Caleb (Sara) Stansel, Travis Stansel, Heather Allen - Stansel, Carey, Christopher, & Nicholas Dunn, Jasmine (Rodney) Strother, Chadd (Tori) Potts, Blake (Tiffany) Potts, & Megan Potts (Morgan Barclay)
Great grandchildren: Jasea, Trent, & Jarrett Stansel; Lavius & Asher Stansel; Lacy, Triston, & Holden Stansel; Aaron & Alexander Strother; Emma Potts; and Avery Potts
Brother: Ken (Robbie) Shipper
Many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her son Wayne Stansel and grandsons Brandon & Ricky Stansel.

She was greatly loved and will be missed by many.
Melba's Celebration of Life will be September 30th, at their home.
We appreciate all of your prayers.

Our Mom, Melba Stansel
Mothers show love in different ways. We were blessed to have a mother that took great care of her 5 kids. She took us to church, and whether we were sick, in the hospital, or had broken bones...she seemed to know what to do.
We may not have been rich, but we always had good food and clothes. She sewed school & play clothes, coats, pajamas, and her daughters' prom & wedding dresses.
I can't say enough about her cooking. It may not have been the fanciest, but it was GOOD. I suspect I had a few friends that came over just for her cooking. There were lots of vegetables (many grown out of her garden) and good meat from Grandma's farm. When a certain grandchild ate Granny's food, he hummed. Mom would smile from ear to ear because she knew he was enjoying her cooking. She made birthday cakes, not just for us, but also for some of the neighborhood kids. She even made and decorated our beautiful wedding cakes.
Almost every year we'd go on camping trips (the "roughing it" kind), and she fished, camped, and cooked like a pro.
Thanks for all that you did.
We love you MOM

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9 Condolence(s)
Connie Dunn
Angleton, TX
Thursday, September 28, 2023

Celebrating the Life of Melba is Saturday, the 30th. It will start at 11:00 and eat around noon. It is at their home. All are welcome. If you need directions, contact me at

Sharon Malek
Angleton, TX
Saturday, September 16, 2023

Melba was a very special lady and friend! She will not be forgotten! Prayers and hugs for the family she leaves behind!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Ellen Bishop
Clute, TX
Saturday, September 16, 2023

Melba was an inspiration to me in tops. I especially liked to room with her when we went to convention. I will miss her so much.

Louise Stohr
Oyster Creek, TX
Saturday, September 16, 2023

Rest in Peace my good friend! You will be missed!

Colleen Sonnier Seat
Friday, September 15, 2023

Mrs Stansel made my wedding cake and it was beautiful and over course it tasted so good. She will be missed. So sorry for y'all's loss. May she rest in peace and camping in heaven with her family

Alicia Deskins
Angleton, TX
Friday, September 15, 2023

To my Dear Stansel Family, I can say that I've been privileged to have lived next door to your parents/grandparents/aunt/uncle since I moved here in April 1999. Melba and Garland have always treated me as one of their own and for that I am truly blessed. Your beloved family has become a very special part of my own family. Melba was certainly one of a kind special lady and I had to quit asking her ''how'' to make something because if I mentioned it she would make it for me. Melba certainly did live life well and with all her kid and grandkids and nieces and nephews all around it was sure to be a full house. I was blessed to be included in many of these gatherings. As sad as I am for the family left to cherish her memory, I'm so grateful that She is with Our Lord and Savior. We will see you again Melba, just not right now. All my love and. Heartfelt sympathy. Alicia

Connie Marshall
Lake Jackson, TX
Friday, September 15, 2023

With great sympathy. She was very loved and will be missed very much. Sending love.

Cindy L Moudry
Houston, TX
Friday, September 15, 2023

Condolences to all family and friends. She was very loved and will truly be missed.

Charlotte Hopkins
Brazoria, TX
Friday, September 15, 2023

We loved seeing Melba at our TOPS meeting she was truly an inspiration to us all being a KOPS for so long she was a good role model and will be missed. We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time.