Melba Faye Cook, 87, of Arkansas City, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at the Presbyterian Manor Health Care Unit.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Parker Cemetery.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at the funeral home.

Melba was born Oct. 27, 1928, in rural Sumner County to Thomas Albert and Gladys C. (Wheeler) Ballinger.

She was reared educated in Portland, Kansas, and Havana, Kansas, graduating from Havana High School in 1946.

Melba returned to Arkansas City after high school and married Arthur D. Cook on June 7, 1947, in Arkansas City.

She worked as a nurse aide for Arkansas City Memorial Hospital (SCKMC) and as a cook for USD 470.

Melba and Arthur raised cattle and had a small farm near Silverdale.

She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Arkansas City.

Melba is survived by her son, Daniel “Kent” Cook, and wife, Nioma, of El Dorado; daughters, Vicki Harding, and husband, Steve, of Salina, and Kowanna Houk, and husband, John; brother, Max Ballinger, and wife, Treva, of Augusta; grandchildren, Alex Cook, Carla Gardener, Chris Harding and Lauri Goheen; stepgrandchildren, Kim Mitchell, Laci Totten, Kristen Fox and Katie Houk; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers and two sisters.

A memorial has established for the Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, Arkansas City. Online condolences may be made at