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Melba Huff

December 7, 1916 — January 13, 2013

Melba Huff

Melba Vivian McClamroch Huff, the only child of Orville William and Lenora Callan Russell McClamroch, was born on the family farm northwest of Rutledge, Missouri on December 7th, 1916 and passed to eternal life to be with her savior on January 13, 2013 at Desert Dreams Adult Care Home in Tucson, Arizona. As a child, Melba attended Hendricks Rural Elementary School in Scotland County through the 8th grade. Following her 8th grade graduation, she attended Memphis High Schoo graduating with honors in 1935. In the fall of 1935, she enrolled in Kirksville Teachers' College in Kirksville, Missouri where she majored in Elementary Education. Following her years in college and during the early years of her marriage, Melba was a very successful teacher in numerous rural schools in Missouri.

On October 27th, 1939, Melba was united in marriage to a very popular young Methodist minister, the Rev. Arthur LeRoy Huff of Memphis, Missouri. They were married in Shelbina, Missouri at the Methodist parsonage. To this union, two children were born Arthur LeRoy Huff Jr. and Melba Arlene Huff.

During their 16+ years of marriage, which ended in the untimely death of Arthur, the couple moved numerous times throughout the Midwest as he completed his religious education. The Huffs were ministers to the Scotland County Circuit of the Methodist church from 1939 to 1943 when they moved to Leland, Illinois (where Arthur was appointed pastor of the Leland Methodist Church). While serving the church in Leland, Arthur enrolled in Garrett Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Following his service as pastor of the Leland church, the family was moved to East Troy, Wisconsin where Arthur continued his theological studies. While pastoring the East Troy Methodist Church, he graduated from Northwestern University with his Master's Degree in Theological Studies and worked toward his Doctoral Degree in Religion.

In 1948, Arthur was appointed to the Polo, Missouri Methodist Church. In 1952, he was appointed to the Shelbina Methodist Church in Shelbina, Missouri (the place where he and Melba were married). Melba was actively involved in the ministry of the churches served by her husband--as she was an accomplished pianist; teacher of numerous classes in Sunday School; and very much a leader in all aspects of women's ministry. Arthur's final appointment was to the First Methodist Church in Columbia, Missouri in 1955, but he was unable to accept this call from the church conference because of his untimely death.

Melba was a 71 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron on more than one occasion. She was a life long member of the Methodist church and was very proud of the fact that she attended every statewide annual conference of the Methodist church from 1939 to 1995. During this period of time, she was the local lay leader from Memphis at the annual conference meeting for more than 25 years.

Melba was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, and her parents, Orville and Lenora McClamroch. Surviving and remembering her life with pride are her son, LeRoy, and his wife, Jane, of Rutledge, Missouri as well as her daughter, Arlene Holden, of Tucson, Arizona. Also surviving are four grandchildren including Dr. Elisabeth HuffLonergan and husband, Dr. Steven Lonergan, of Ames, Iowa; Sean Huff and wife, Nichole, of Fulton, Missouri; Scott Holden and wife, Tracy, of Phoenix, Arizona; and Dr. Timothy Holden and wife, Erin, of San Diego, California. Five great-grandchildren also survive. They include three great grandsons and two great granddaughters: Cale Holden of Phoenix, Arizona; Caden, Jessica, and Abbie Huff of Fulton, Missouri; and Kai Holden of San Diego, California.

Melba was a truly remarkable lady who loved her god; her family; and her friends. She will always be remembered and missed by those who knew her.

Visitation will be Thursday January 24, 2013 at the Payne Funeral Chapel from Noon to 8 PM, with the family present from 6-8 PM.

Eastern Star services will be provide by Rutledge Chapter #343 Order of the Eastern Star, Rutledge, Missouri.

Funeral services & Eastern Star Services for Melba V. Huff will be held at 2 PM Friday January 25, 2013 at the Memphis United Methodist Church.

Officiating will be Pastor David Howlett, assisted by Reverand Dale Stone. Musicians will be Organist Connie Courtney, and Soloist Teresa Cotton. Interment will follow at the Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge, Missouri.

Pallbearers will be John Cole, Bob Neese, Ron Gardner, Lynn McClamroch, Mark McClamroch, and Mitch McClamroch. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rex Winn, Jimmie Winn, Wayne Winn, and Gary Childress

Memorials are suggested to the Memphis United Methodist Church, and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 East Madison Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Payne Funeral Chapel of Memphis.
Payne Funeral Chapel
202 East Madison
Memphis, Missouri 63555
Thursday January 24, 2012 12-8
Family 6-8
Map to Service Place is located at the bottom of the page.
Funeral Service
United Methodist Church
220 West Jefferson Street
Memphis, Missouri 63555
Friday January 25, 2012 at 2 P.M.
Map to Service Place is located at the bottom of the page.
Pauline Cemetery
Rutledge, Missouri
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In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Memphis United Methodist Church and may be mailed to or left at the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri
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