Melba Cox Erickson Geyer, 88, died June 16, 2000, at Highland Care Center.

Melba was born July 21, 1911, in Union, UT to William M. And Minnie J. Burgon Cox. She was the fourth daughter of seven children. She came from a very musical family and was named after Madame Melba, a famous opera star.

Melba graduated from Latter Day Saints College. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in March 1929 she served a mission in the East Central States. Upon her return from missionary service she worked in many professional positions, including a position at the Hotel Utah.

She married Carl E. Erickson on Oct. 20, 1944. Together they owned Mountain States Bindery until he passed away in 1950. She married Paul L. Geyer on June 25, 1954. Melba then moved to Ontario, CA, where she helped Paul with his ranch and became very involved with his show horses. She was a talented seamstress and made a beautiful outfit that he wore every year when he rode his horse in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA. She owned gift shops in Palm Springs and Rosemead, CA.

Melba and Paul loved to fish--especially in the ocean and the mountains of Idaho and Wyoming. They spent several summers on her brother Paul's ranch in Wyoming. Her husband Paul passed away in 1989. Melba then moved to Salt Lake City to be closer to family members.

Survived by one sister, Claire Taylor, Jacksonville, FL; six nephews; and three nieces. Preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; one brother, Paul Cox; four sisters, Dorothy, Donna, Reba, Romania; one nephew; and one niece.

Services will be 11 a.m., Monday, June 19, 2000 at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple. Friends may call from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Burial, Murray City Cemetery.