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AUBURNDALE - Mrs. Melba Kirkland, age 89, a resident of Auburndale, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to heart failure.
Mrs. Kirkland was born November 10, 1923 in Cowarts, Alabama to John Hamilton and Jessie (Lashley) Hatcher. She was an Auburndale resident since the 1950s. She was a homemaker and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Auburndale. Melba enjoyed working in her yard, fishing, gardening, crafts and she loved her family & friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arthur; infant daughter Lisa; grandson David; brothers & sisters.
Melba is survived by her loving and devoted family: 2 sons: James A. Kirkland of Ocklawaha, FL, Dennis "Rick" (Tamara) Kirkland of Leesburg, VA, 4 daughters: Joyce (Dennis) Sheffield of Ocklawaha, FL, Dian Hancock of Auburndale, FL, Melba Leach of Winter Haven, FL, Eloise Chewning of Auburndale, FL, 2 sisters: Jean (J.V.) Lewis of Dothan, AL, Janie (Johnny) Johnson of Dothan, AL, 16 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren, 9 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Kersey Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Auburndale Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 5:00 till 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Published in Ledger from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2013