Melba Jeffries  McKenzie, age 85 of West End passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at FirstHealth Hospice house in Pinehurst.


Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday at Culdee Presbyterian church conducted by the Rev. Dr. Joseph Washburn. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage on Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.


Born in Moore County she was a daughter of the late Robert  and Blennie Short Jeffries. She worked for 21 years as a meat cutter for Matthews Market in Pinehurst and prior to that worked in textiles and drove a school bus. She also enjoyed baking and decorating cakes for family and friends, but her favorite job was being a mother to not only her children but many other children.


She was preceded in death by her husband Standish McKenzie and sister Alma McKenzie.


She is survived by: her daughters Donna Bean of Sanford, Paula Hess of West End, Linda McKenzie of Pinebluff, Cathy Marion of Carthage; as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Memorials may be made to: FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.


Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the McKenzie family.


Memories Timeline


  1. Melba was an amazing person and all those that knew her were lucky, she will be missed by many. You all are in my thoughts.

  2. I loved Melba like a mother, and her daughters are like sisters. One family in life, one family in death. Prayers to you all. Love you, Toni and Ricky.

  3. As a young girl I spent many days and nights with the family riding horses , laughing and enjoying the love they all shared. I have so many memories of camping with Melba , Standish and all the family. She was a fine , loving lady that always shared her l

  4. Donna, Cathy, Paula and Linda… have my deepest sympathy. Your mom was always so nice to me when I would visit in your home in Star. Keep your precious memories close and she will always be with you.

  5. So sorry to hear about your loss. Haven’t seen Donna probably since high school.

    Class of ’72. My sincere condolences.

  6. There are so many wonderful memories I have of my other mother, Melba!! From taking care of me in the summer while my mother was working (cemented my sisterhood friendship to Cathy and all the sisters) to introducing me to seven horses (created an intense

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