ForeverMissed

On April 23rd, 2019, Mom went to her final Peace.  We are of course saddened by her passing and will miss her greatly.

Many times in her last weeks she recalled the 23rd Psalm and especially the promises of comfort that she shall “ dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever."  That was a comfort to her and her family.  

Her request has long been for cremation and eventual internment of her ashes beside Dad in the College Station, Texas cemetery.  She requested there be no funeral or memorial service. We will honor her wishes.   Instead of flowers we suggest a memorial donation to  Tidewell Hospice, who lovingly served her needs in her final days.

While her last days had some difficult hours, she was not without her love for her family and occasional spark of humor.  After one rough afternoon when she thought she would die, she perked up,  grinned, and said “ I am going to write a book! And the title is going to be “I’ll Die Tomorrow” --- and we all burst out laughing.

We will miss Mom and mourn her loss, but it is really all of the incredible 93 years before her passing that we are thinking about now.   And that makes us celebrate and thank God for her life and love and all that she was to us and others. 

Hopefully you will share a note or story or tribute here on her memorial pages - I am sure there are many, and we would love to hear from you.

In her memory, her children,

Noel, Jan, Lane and Don

Posted by Tim Theis on May 2, 2019
Noel and family. Sorry to hear about the loss of Marcine. I have vivid memories of her when I was grade school age in Bryan. She always talked to me like I was an adult and made me feel welcome in their home. I know that she will be missed. She lives on through the impact she had on everyone’s life. ~ Tim
Posted by Sarah Fountain on April 30, 2019
My Nini was amazing. When I think of her my memory is flooded with my whole life, she was a part of all of it. From my earliest memories to her final days she was always there. I grew up in her house, learning to cook fried chicken in the electric skillet, making brown paper bag apple pie, my first taste of avocado- she told me it tasted like green butter, and the first time she made me a key lime pie. When my kids were little she was full of advice but mostly love and adoration for all of us. She loved her family and we all loved her so much. She will be missed but I know that she is laughing and dancing in heaven, happy and free. I love you Nini.
Posted by Tom And Kathy Huster on April 29, 2019
Tom and I want to extend our condolences to all of you.  Marcine was blessed as Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother with a loving and happy family. We have enjoyed getting re-acquainted with all of you.
Tom and Kathy
Posted by Tom And Kathy Huster on April 29, 2019
The loss of Marcine is very hard. Our Mother’s were sisters, so we were pals in our youth and she was my bridesmaid when I married Bob. We were close while raising our children in Kansas.  I have many happy memories of us together over the past 93 years.
My Deepest sympathy to Marcine’s family.
Elvira
Posted by Phyllis Blackford on April 27, 2019
Don, Jan, Lane, Noel & your families:
Marcine was a lovely lady. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Jane Mason on April 25, 2019
I was so very blessed to have known your mother. I enjoyed talking with her when I was doing her hair. She was truly a first class lady. I will miss seeing her. Sincerely Jane Mason
Posted by Jane Knudsen on April 25, 2019
So grateful for your mother's long life, Noel... and for the wonderful legacy she has left in her children and grandchildren. May God bless and comfort each one of you as you mourn her passing, and may He bring joy to your heart with the delight of your memories.
Posted by Renee Harvey on April 25, 2019
Blessings and love to each of you.
Posted by Walter Theis on April 25, 2019
Marcine will certainly be missed. I enjoyed visiting with her while I stayed with Noel and Joy during my senior year at A&M
Posted by Lisa Allen on April 25, 2019
Noel and family, I can only say how awesome she must have been because she and your late father gave us you and sibs! I am truly grateful to know you and your Joy! I pray for your hearts and your loss, but thank the Lord our God for her and you. May she know the complete joy of everlasting love.
In Him, Lisa
Posted by Thomas Theis on April 25, 2019
Carrie and I will miss Marcine. She was a special comfort to us when we were at A&M. She always made time to visit with us and do whatever she could to assist us. A special blessing from God!

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Posted by Tim Theis on May 2, 2019
Noel and family. Sorry to hear about the loss of Marcine. I have vivid memories of her when I was grade school age in Bryan. She always talked to me like I was an adult and made me feel welcome in their home. I know that she will be missed. She lives on through the impact she had on everyone’s life. ~ Tim
Posted by Sarah Fountain on April 30, 2019
My Nini was amazing. When I think of her my memory is flooded with my whole life, she was a part of all of it. From my earliest memories to her final days she was always there. I grew up in her house, learning to cook fried chicken in the electric skillet, making brown paper bag apple pie, my first taste of avocado- she told me it tasted like green butter, and the first time she made me a key lime pie. When my kids were little she was full of advice but mostly love and adoration for all of us. She loved her family and we all loved her so much. She will be missed but I know that she is laughing and dancing in heaven, happy and free. I love you Nini.
Posted by Tom And Kathy Huster on April 29, 2019
Tom and I want to extend our condolences to all of you.  Marcine was blessed as Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother with a loving and happy family. We have enjoyed getting re-acquainted with all of you.
Tom and Kathy
her Life

Her Favorite - Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Family and Friends

  • Born to Noel and Nima Mellick, July 8, 1925 in Rush County, Kansas
  • Sister  - Noma Reeves (deceased)
  • Brother - Thayne Mellick of Moultrie, GA
  • Married Marvin Durrant February 17, 1945
  • Wife to Marvin for 67 Years
  • Mother of four - Don ( Austin, Tx) , Lane (Bryan, Tx) , Jan (Rotonda West, Fl) and        Noel (Austin, Tx)
  • A blessing to her 5 grandchildren - James, Sarah, Michael, Ian and Evan 
  • A blessing to her 4 great grandchildren - Susanna, Madison, Daniel and Harper
  • Dear Friend of Sam Tafoya, Royal Palm Assisted Living, Port Charlotte Florida
  • Passed peacefully April 23, 2019

Some of the Chapters and Themes of Marcine's Story


  • La Crosse, Kansas High School
  • Ft. Hays State Teacher College
  • Duckwald's Five and Dime,Clerk, Hays Kansas
  • Rural Kansas School Teacher
  • WWII B29 Bomber Factory worker, Boeing Aircraft, Wichita Kansas
  • Naval Officer's wife, WWII, Texas and Florida
  • Farmer’s wife, Scott City Kansas
  • Member, First Christian Church, Scott City Kansas and Bryan Texas
  • Church Secretary, First Presbyterian Church, Bryan Texas
  • Student Programs Office Secretary, Texas A&M University
  • Nuclear Engineering Department Secretary, Texas A&M University
  • Car Wash Business Manager, Accountant and Chief Quarter Counter
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Maker of Incredible Apple Pies
  • Would devour books and cookies -  at the same time if possible
  • Expert at Scrabble and crosswords, loved playing cards
  • Loved playing piano and singing
Recent stories
Shared by Joy Durrant on April 26, 2019

Marcine was a great mother-in-law and grandmother - who dearly loved our two sons Ian and Evan.  When I was a newlywed, she taught me how to make apple pie, gravy, and Raspberry Bavarian - the last her own creation.  She excelled at making recipes her own by freely substituting whatever she had on hand - and she came up with delicious meals doing so.  I remember her frequently singing "Catch a Falling Star and Put It In Your Pocket" while she was cooking.  She loved games - and all of our family played many a game of Pitch and Scrabble with her.  

Shared by Noel Durrant on April 25, 2019

Words can't express my sense of loss.  However, I find comfort in this memorial as it lightens my heart.  Mom was a loving, wonderful mother to us.  Always available to talk, listen, dry my tears or discuss a book she was reading.  I attribute my musical interests and profession largely to her love of singing, playing the piano and continuous support of all my related recitals and music events.  Thank you, Mom.....Posted by Jan Durrant

Mom and Music

Shared by Noel Durrant on April 23, 2019

Mom loved to play the piano and there was always plenty of sheet music and hymnals to choose from. When I was young she would play and we would sing together.   I learned many songs that were popular when she was younger.  Songs like This Old House,  Chickery-Chick,  Little Brown Jug and Moon River were the staples.  But she also introduced me to songs like St. Louis Blues and  Summertime.  A couple of her favorties were Oh! What a Beautiful Morning and Somewhere Over the Rainbow - which was popular when it came out around 1939 and she would have been about 14 year old.  In the Garden and People Will Say We're in Love were also among her favorites.   Those song sessions were times of fun and pleasure for her, and gave me a lifetime interest in jazz, classical music and big band tunes.