She was born Nov. 26, 1918, in Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Marvin and Permelia Ridings Jackson.
Melba worked many years at Bussman Fuse Co. in St. Louis, and also provided in-home compassion care for the elderly. She was of the Pentecostal belief.
Loving survivors include two daughters-in-law, Anne Beard and Ella Mae Beard of Jackson; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth and Darrell Beard; three sisters; and a brother.
Friends may callfrom noon until time of service Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mike Huffman officiating. Interment will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.
The family suggests that memorials be made to Southeast Hospice.
Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.