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Melba Buckner Obituary

Melba Jean Buckner
Melba Jean Buckner

July 9, 1939 - September 20, 2019
Born in Clarita, Oklahoma
Resided in Salinas, California
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Melba Jean Buckner, 80, of Salinas, passed peacefully on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Born in Clarita, OK, July 9, 1939 to William and Audie Chambers, she moved to Salinas when she was a young girl and graduated from Salinas High School in 1957.

Melba was married to the love of her life, Chris for 58 years. Residing in Salinas she raised 3 children, Jeff, Rhonda, and Lori. She dedicated 43 years to Natividad Medical Center, and together with her husband owned and operated Yamaha of Salinas for 36 years.

She enjoyed an active family life with her husband supporting her children, grandchildren, and great - grandchildren, rarely missing an activity or event. She shared her love of travel with her family with many weekends spent enjoying her home at Lake Nacimiento, and many family vacations both near and far.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chris, her parents, William and Audie Chambers and brothers, Francis and Donny.

She is survived by her children, Jeff (Roxanne) Buckner of Salinas, Rhonda (Dale) Wallace of Salinas and Lori Bush of King City; as well as her grandchildren, Andria (Rob) James, Travis (Valeria) Wallace, Lindsay (Ellie) Almond, Melisa (Justin) Roberts, Jennifer Buckner, Michelle (Jake) Carlton, Corey (Cole) Hudson and Shelby (Cody) Hood; 14 great grandchildren; her brother Bill Chambers of Oklahoma, and numerous family and friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday September 25, 2019 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Struve and Laporte Funeral Home, 41 W. San Luis St. Salinas, CA 93901.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 1:00pm, at Compass Church - Padre Campus, 830 Padre Drive, Salinas, Ca. 93901.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association online by going to https://www.alz.org.




Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Celebration of Life
Compass Church
830 Padre Drive
Salinas, California 93901
Thursday, September 26, 2019
1:00 PM


Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Memorial donations to be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America