Gail Cariker Melban, 69, of Dumas, TX passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, February 19, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox. Burial will be at the Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.
Gloria Gail was born in Dumas, TX on July 31, 1951, to Turner Allison and Beulah Marie Thomas Cariker. For the first few years of her life, she grew up at the Phillips camp and then resided in Dumas. She was raised as the youngest of eleven children. On March 5, 1999, she married the love of her life, Sid Melban. They shared a passion for golf where she played barefooted alongside her beloved dog, Trixie. She was a woman of many talents including nursing for many years and eventually retiring as a beautician where she was also an instructor. She loved to cook and was famous for her recipe for oatmeal that her boys love. Also in her mischievous ways, her favorite holiday was Halloween where she was everyone’s favorite witch. Her most favorite of times were when all her kids were around, playing games, and making sure everyone followed the rules. Her laughter was contagious especially when she was around her sisters. Other than her kids, one of the things she was proud of was her Choctaw heritage. She was a devoted wife, mother, MoMo, and GiGi.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Turner Allison & Beulah Marie Thomas Cariker; brothers and sisters, Dot Cariker, Irby Thomas, Tink Cariker, TA Cariker Jr., Doyle Cariker, Jane Cariker Parker, and Leon Cariker
She is survived by her husband, Sid Melban; their dog, Trixie; children, Tammy Holdeman of Turpin, OK, Dusty Thomas and wife Stella of Dumas, TX, CP Thomas and wife Valerie of Dumas, TX, Shelby Melban of Mooresville, IN, and Shayne Melban and wife Jayna of Amarillo, TX; three brothers, Duck Cariker, Frank Cariker, and Ace Cariker; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.