Alice Elizabeth (Eastvold) MelbyPublished 9:53am Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Updated 12:06pm Tuesday, June 11, 2013
She was born on Oct. 18, 1919, in Mayville, N.D., the daughter of Olaus Arnt and Mabel (Gramstad) Eastvold.
She graduated from Mayville High School, attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and received her BA degree from Mayville State Teachers College.
Alice married the Rev. Harold Waldemar Melby on Aug. 31,1945, at Mayville Lutheran Church in Mayville, N.D.
Immediately prior to her marriage to Harold, Alice served as secretary to Bishop Oscar C. Hanson (father of current Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Bishop Mark S. Hanson) in the Luther League office at the Norwegian Lutheran Church headquarters in Minneapolis.
During her marriage, Alice served with the Rev. Melby in 23 Lutheran Church congregations, residing in the communities of Melville and Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada; Mt. Vernon, S.D.; Clarissa, Dell, Frost and Hendricks; and Verona, N.D.
In addition to her service as a pastor’s wife, Alice performed many roles in the congregations served, including those of church secretary, choir director, organist, pianist, Sunday school teacher, as well as participant and leader of various church groups.
During her teaching career, Alice taught music, English, business and business law, home economics, served as band director and directed numerous theatrical productions.
She taught in the communities of Plentywood, Mont.; and Bloomington, Edgerton, Clarissa, Frost and Hendricks.
Alice and Harold retired to their home at Girard Beach on West Battle Lake in September 1982. For 25 years they spent their winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.
During her retirement, Alice enjoyed many activities, including pen and ink artwork, reading, walking, sewing, cooking, painting beautiful china plates, playing cards, and monthly soundly defeating many relatives and friends in Reader’s Digest Word Power games.
The family requests memorials be given, and suggests the following: Lutheran World Relief, Battle Lake Good Samaritan Society, First Lutheran Building Fund, and Mount Carmel Ministries. Memorials may be offered at Glende Nilson Funeral Home or sent c/o Marilyn Horgen, 40450 Girard Beach Road, Battle Lake, MN 56515.
Alice is survived by three daughters, Marilyn Beth (Wayne) Horgen of Battle Lake, Naomi Joy (David) Talbott of Edgewater, Maryland and Donadee Joan (Rev. Timothy) Peterson of Prescott, Wis.; one son, Dr. David John (Elaine) Melby of Carterville, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, Benjamin Melby, Christopher (Thuy), Clayton, Lindsay (Christi), and Andrew (Tyler) Horgen, Katie (DaWayne) Medley, Kristin Solomon, Kelly, Baruch, John, Princess and Benjamin Talbott, Nathan (Maria), John (Whitney), and Elise Peterson; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Harold Melby; one son in infancy, Brent Nathan Melby; two brothers, Orlo and Alvin Eastvold; and four sisters, Mae Cella, Lillian Huseby, Helen Carlson and Faith Shelchuk.
Visitation: Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a service of prayer and celebration at 6 p.m., at the funeral home in Battle Lake, and one hour prior to the service at the church
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, at First Lutheran Church, Battle Lake
Clergy: Rev. Jake Dyrhaug
Burial: First Lutheran Cemetery, Battle Lake
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Battle Lake