The Edmond Sun

December 20, 2013

Melba Bullard Goerke Flesher


EDMOND —     Melba Bullard Goerke Flesher, 84, of Edmond, Okla., peacefully passed away December 17, 2013. She was born September 3, 1929, the daughter of Harold and Vaughn Bullard.

    Melba had a distinguished career in education, having received her Master’s degree in Special Education.  She was the special education coordinator for Watonga Public Schools and later Mustang Public Schools.  Melba also taught courses at the college level and was involved in many organizations in her professional field, including governor of the Counsel for Exceptional Children.

    Melba was married to Cranston Flesher, who predeceased her.  She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Kimri Ann Goerke; her brothers Jerry Bullard, Lewis Bullard, and Jack Bullard; and her parents.  Also preceding Melba was the father of her children, Earl E. Goerke.

    Melba is survived by her sons Kyle Goerke and Joe Goerke as well has her stepchildren, Laurie Ashford (Jim); Baker Flesher (Brenda); and Tom Flesher (Cindy).  Melba’s surviving brothers are Max Bullard (Genine) and Ralph Bullard (Starley).   Her grandchildren include Austin Goerke, Kale Goerke, Zakrey Goerke, Amber Goerke, Kimri Goerke, Morgan Goerke, Brad Ashford, Brian Ashford, Cate Flesher, Jake Flesher, Paul Flesher and Philip Flesher.

    A viewing will be 1-8 p.m. Saturday, December 21 at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, and from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, December 22, at Wilkinson Funeral Home in Watonga.

    Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 23, at the First United Methodist Church in Watonga, Okla. Graveside services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery,  13313 N. Kelley in Edmond.  

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210, in honor of Melba’s daughter, Kimri Ann Goerke.