Melba Louise Dowden

July 24, 1931 - October 02, 2018

Melba Dowden

Melba Louise Bearden Dowden, 87, of Nederland, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston. She was born July 24, 1931, in Beaumont, to Katie Henrietta Kelcher and Clyde West Bearden.

Melba was a strong christian example for her family and others. She enjoyed caring for her family and her home, as well as, her job as a probation officer with Jefferson County Adult Probation Department.

Survivors include her daughter, Rhonda Dowden Jacobs, of Port Arthur; son, Darell Dowden (Janice), of Lumberton; grandchildren, Jana Jacobs Leibo (Jonathan); John Bryan Jacobs (Lisa); Jay Derek Jacobs; Cody Dowden (Sara); Mandy Arceneaux (Aron); great-grandchildren, Justin Jacobs; Kaden Leibo; Kaia Leibo; Jonah Arceneaux; Jenna Arceneaux; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Thomas Dowden; sister, Clytie House; and brother, Willard Bearden.

A gathering of Mrs. Dowden’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with her funeral service at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her interment will follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675.


Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Saturday, October 06, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Saturday, October 06, 2018
12:00 p.m.
Memory Gardens of Jefferson County
3098 Us 69 Nederland Texas 77627

Comments (2)

  • W. J.

    20 October 2018 at 17:22 | #

    To the Family:
    My sympathy goes to all of you during your time of grief. May the "God of Comfort" ( Psalms 83:18 ) comfort and help you through this difficult time. And may his promises found at John 6:40 and Acts 24:15, “ ... there is going to be a resurrection...” provide you with strength and hope. We long to see the fulfillment of these promises soon. For more comfort please visit our website: and view the faith strengthening video: Is There Hope for the Dead? ?


  • Dixie Dowden Tucker and Walter L Tucker.

    04 October 2018 at 20:15 | #

    Dear ones, I am sending prayers of love and comfort from all members of the Charlie Dowden Family. Melba was very dear to all of us. L❤️??


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