Information for Melba Tipton Harris

8 August, 1916 - 1 May, 1992

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

May, 1992
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Melba Harris

    Melba Tipton Harris, 75, of Melba, Idaho passed away May 1, 1992, of natural causes.  Funeral services will be held at 11 am. on May 5, 1992, at the Melba 2nd Ward Chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Bishop Mark Hoagland will conduct the services.  Burial will follow at the Melba Cemetery.
    Melba was born August 8, 1916, at Moore, Idaho to William M. and Erma Tipton.  When she was about two years old Melba moved with her family to Caldwell, Idaho, and then later moved to the Lakeview community where she grew up.  She attended Caldwell High School, graduating with the class of 1935  Later she attended the College of Idaho for two years.
    While attending Caldwell High School she met George H. Harris, a courtship began, and they were married at Boise on August 9, 1938.  To this union four children were born; Thomas W. Harris, of Boise, Robert D. Harris, of Melba, Richard L. Harris of Caldwell, and Connie Elizabeth Harris Underhill of Anchorage, Alaska.  Melba was a homemaker until all of her children were in school.  She then worked part time as a cook in the Melba School District.  George passed away in 1964.  She returned to college and became librarian for the Melba School District where she worked until 1975, when she had to take a medical retirement.
    She was very active in the L.D.S. church, serving in all of the organizations.  She served in various positions in the Primary for 31 years.  She enjoyed attending the temple.
    She is survived by her four children, nineteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who were her first love and four sisters, Bessie Larson, Erma Johnstone, Lula Ward and Blanche Howells.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George Harris.  
    Viewing may take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, May 4, 1992, at Alsip Funeral Chapel, 404 loth Ave., S., Nampa, Idaho or in the Relief Society Room at the Melba Ward Chapel prior to the services.
    Memorials may be made to the Melba Senior Citizens Center or a favorite charity, or flowers may be sent.



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