MELBER, Ann Connally Cavett Joiner
The soul of Ann Connally Cavett Joiner Melber left this life for the new life bought for her by Christ on March 6, 2014. She began her soul journey October 28, 1939, at the old St. David's Hospital in Austin, TX. Her parents were Charlene Heleman Cavett and William Richard Fielder Cavett. She was the eldest of four siblings: Brucie Cavett, Sarabeth Christensen, and Richard Fielder Cavett. She attended Robert E. Lee Elementary; Baker Junior High; and McCallum High School; the University of Texas
at Austin, a BS in psychology from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield; Missouri (while raising three children)' her masters in Clinical Social Work at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri and her LMSW in 1993. In 1959 she married her high school sweetheart, Jim Joiner. They raised three sons: Chris (wife, Mary), Greg, and Matt. In 1985, Jim was killed in a car accident in Springfield, Missouri. She inhaled the knowledge, graduating with honors in both degrees. Her inspiring mentors were Dr. Clifford Whipple and Dr. Karl Luckert. She returned to Austin to care for her mother who was dying of cancer. There she ran into another junior and high school classmate, Rev. David Melber, and Lutheran pastor and secondary special education teacher, whom she married.
She credited her mother and her husband, David, for her spiritual influences. She used her life time seeking to use her knowledge to help herself and others live more fully. She was given several gifts from God. She was a self-taught artist, producing works in watercolor, silk flower arranging, sewing, and multiple crafts. She believed in creating beauty for the eyes. She was a natural teacher, both as an elementary grades substitute teacher, and as teacher and Sunday school superintendent. She played the piano, "poorly," she said, but to her own musical pleasure. Through the years, several children joined her at crafts or for a visit on the way home from school. She was known by them and their parents as "Miss Ann." And she loved plants and flowers, and spending time on her knees in the garden.
Her battle with advanced Lyme disease began in 1998, worsening throughout the years, but through Ginger Savely and Dr. William Harvey she overcame it. Ann's weakening immune system led to chronic illness, Parkinson disease and degenerating spine and scoliosis.
She looked forward to her heavenly existence, while savoring every moment of this life. In her next life, she will join those who preceded her. Her parents, Richard and Charlene Cavett, and their parents, her first in-laws, Reese and Judy Joiner, her first husband, Jim Joiner, and in-laws, Fritz and Bell Melber. She leaves behind her three sons, Chris, and wife, Mary; Greg and Matt; her sisters, Brucie Cavett and partner; Trish McIntyre; and SaraBeth Christensen, Queens , NY; brother Richard Cavett; aunt, Nancy Heleman; and aunt, Betty; husband, Rev. David W. Melber; stepchildren Deborah Drury, and husband Greg; Angela Kuempel, and Husband Hal; Rebecca Rhodes and husband Russell; and stepson, Stephen Melber; and grandchildren who knew her as Grammy Ann; Audrey, Walker, and Hunter Drury; Zane and Rex Kuempel; Megan and Dylan Salles; Cortne, Mariah, and Briana Melber; and Angelica and Cassandra Olvera. Of her numerous friends, these touched her deeply: Betty Davis, Amarillo; Jean and Jim Mitchell, Springfield, Missouri; Ruth Melber, Houston.
Ann wished that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church or Interim Hospice. Her family is particularly grateful for the dare of Interim Hospice, Rosa Gonzalez, Grace Lin, and Angie Kuempel to the very end. Visitation will be at Peel and Sons, Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Saturday. Funeral will be at Messiah Lutheran Church at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, presided by Rev. Keith Born.