Carol Delight Melton was born on December 16, 1931 to (William) Nay and Harriet Melton in Sturgis, Oklahoma. The family moved to Alva when Carol was four years old. After graduating from Alva High School as the class valedictorian, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University where she became a longtime alumni association member.
She married Donald Talley and celebrated 59 years of marriage. To this union were born two children, Michael and Barbara.
Carol taught high school Home Economics for two years before becoming a homemaker, substitute teacher, and farm wife.
She enjoyed being active in the community through HDU, Jolly 20, Country Girls chorus, ABBD Senior Citizens, and as a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Star, where she served multiple terms as Worthy Matron. For almost 50 years, she was a member of and played piano for the Amorita Community Church, then attended the Driftwood Christian Church.
Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Talley; parents, Harriet (Criswell) and (William) Nay Melton; sisters, Ruth Cosby, Ella Brehmer, Esther Kessinger, and Alice Dotter; Donald’s parents, Paul Leroy and Alvina (Maltbie) Talley, and cousins-in-law, Theron Rucker and (Iva Rucker) Gates.
She is survived by son, Michael Talley and wife, Jeanie; daughter, Barbara Duerksen and husband, Noel; grandsons, Matthew Talley, Joshua Talley, Jonathan Talley, Aaron Duerksen, and Nathan Duerksen.
Funeral service for Carol will be Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Driftwood Christian Church with burial in Byron-Amorita Cemetery. There will be viewing with family present at Lanman Funeral Home in Kiowa, Kansas on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
Memorials may be made to Byron-Amorita Fire Department or Driftwood Christian Church through the funeral home.