Melba LuVena (Boyd) Harford - June 03, 2010
Melba LuVena (Boyd) Harford had written February, 2007, some of the following and family members have added some to the information.
I was born May 14, 1925, at home during a thunder and lightning storm, in the middle of the night to Pearl (Lines) and W. Grant Boyd. My Dad went to Hiawatha where my grandfather lived to bring my aunt to stay with my Mom while he went to Benkelman to get the doctor. I was born after midnight.
I had a very good home and parents.
When I was six I started school at the school house 1/4 mile south and one mile west of our home. I carried a lunch pail every day. A neighbor loaned us a pony for me to ride—that was a big joke. He wouldn’t go where I wanted him to; he’d stop and put his head down and eat, and the only way I could get him to go was to get off and lead him. I walked in good weather and my Dad took me on stormy days. Then my parents got me a bicycle—that was great. I rode it all my grade school years. Books were such a joy. I had a teacher that would bring books from the county library in Benkelman for me. Pets and books were my playmates.
We took a trip to the Colorado Mountains before I started high school. What an adventure.
I started high school at 14, boarding in town during the week. Several girls lived with Mrs. Fisk and when her son Neil would get mad he would lock himself in the bathroom—the one and only for several girls. Those were good years. I was never a top student, but I got A’s and B’s, except geometry and physics and I did good to get C’s on those. Math never was a top subject for me. I liked being in 4-H in the summer and even took a prize-winning pig to the fair. Then had to sell it and I cried. I always liked animals, except horses to ride.
I graduated with the Benkelman Class of 1943. I helped my Dad harvest wheat and in the fall I went to work at the County Agent’s Office and really liked it. Mr. Barnell was a very good person to work for, besides, whenever he needed to be gone I’d stay with their four children and I could milk the cow for them.
Soil conservation was just getting a start and there were two young men from Haigler who were very interested in soil conservation. They lived in the sandhills where the sand blew if not covered. They came to the office often—the younger one of them asked me to go out to dinner with him—I did—and soon decided I really liked him.
We were married at the Haigler Methodist Church on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945 and I moved to the sandhills ranch north of Haigler with him to the nicest house I’d ever lived in and there is no place I’d rather be.
Melba loved being a ranch wife, mother and grandmother. She loved flying with Ray to check pastures. She was active in the church, Sunday school, Bible school, UMW, extension clubs, was a 4-H leader and enjoyed crafts, gardening, watching birds, photography of the beautiful sunrises, sunsets and while flying, quilting and sewing clothing, toys, dolls and sock monkeys. She enjoyed traveling, her trip to Mexico five years ago with her daughter and granddaughters and husbands was a highlight for her.
Melba was fortunate to live at her beloved home until January 2010 when, due to declining health, she moved into the Hester Home where she left this earthly life on May 21, 2010 at the age of 85 years and one week. Her entire life was lived in Dundy County, Neb.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ray, her sister-in-law L. Virginia Harford and her nephew, Gail Harford.
Her memory will be cherished by her family: Linda and husband, Gene Jones, Glenda Brown, Ted and wife, Vicky Harford, and Tom and wife, Virginia Harford; eight granddaughters; one grandson; three step grandchildren and their spouses; 14 great grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren and five step great, great grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Don Harford and her niece, Karen Harford; niece-in-law, Wanda Harford and children and families; and relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the Haigler United Methodist Church in Haigler, Neb. with Carol Coates, CLM and Anne Gatobu officiating.
Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Melba L. Harford Memorial Fund.
Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.