- November 25, 1925 - April 10, 2013
- North Little Rock, Arkansas
of Melba's Passing
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1 of 19 | Posted by: June Grubbs - Ft. Smith, AR
“Melba Munnerlyn and Inez Varner were the first friends my mother (Jean Hurley Chambers) made when moving to Little Rock in the 1940s. Both were...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Alice Chambers - AR - Friend
“Donna, Bill and Family. We are so sorry to hear about Melba. She was such a neat Lady and we know you will all miss her so much. Our thoughts and...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Sue and Earl Glover - Little Rock, AR
“Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this
difficult time. your friends, Doug and Shirley
4 of 19 | Posted by: Doug and Shirley Bradshaw - Cabot, AR
“Donna, I was very sorry to learn of the death of your mother. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
5 of 19 | Posted by: Jill Parker - Phoenix, AZ
“I could not have asked for a better Aunt than dear Melba. I recall the many trips our family took to Little Rock when we were growing up and one of...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Clifton Byrd - Jacksonville, FL
“Our prayers and thoughts are with this family at this time! We grew up in Home Builders with your instruction! One day about 12 years ago Melba...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: CAROLYN AND WAYNE WRIGHT - AR
“Dear Family of Melba, we loved being in church with Rip and Melba. They were such a great couple and such a good looking pair til the very end. We...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Linda and Jay Shearer - AR
“Aunt Melba was my favorite aunt and one of the finest women on this planet. She touched the lives of my brother, Clif, my mother, Lenore, and me...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: David Byrd - Seattle, WA - Nephew
“Melba and Rip...you can't separate them in thought! They literally built our house in Lakewood and remained such good friends always, so loving and...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Candy Wright - Mabelvale, AR
“I didn't get to be around this wonderful lady very much, but was in awe of her and Rip when I got to experience their attendance at Christmas Eve...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Kim Beard Travis - Little Rock, AR
“Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. It was obvious you were devoted to your mother. It's hard to believe we have reached the age of starting to lose...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Lynnette Vick Taylor - AR
“THERE WERE SOME OUTSTANDING MOMS, WHEN WE GREW UP IN N.L.R., WHO WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED WITH LOVE & ADMIRATION; YOU WERE BLESSED TO HAVE HAD ONE...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Ginger Rogers Smith - Hattiesburg, MS
“Donna and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
14 of 19 | Posted by: Sheila Blankenship - Benton, AR
“Melba and Rip always brought a big smile and warm greeting whenever we would meet, and even when we didn't, crossing Donna's trail would cause me...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Patrick Hays - North Little Rock, AR
“Dear Donna and family,
Although I did not know your mom, I know you have been blessed by her. Mothers are so very special. Although we aren't...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Diane "Martin" Gerrald - Edgemont, AR
“Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
17 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Killion Moix - Conway, AR
“I knew Melba through Salvation Army Auxiliary and admired her so much. She was a tireless worker who involved her entire family especially as they...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Sue Senn - Little Rock, AR
“So sad to hear of Melba's passing, but she is with Prather again.Praying for all of you during this difficult time.
19 of 19 | Posted by: Jayne Munnerlyn Spears - Beebe, AR
Melba Munnerlyn, 87, of North Little Rock died Wednesday, April 10, 2013. She was born November 23, 1925 in Georgiana, Alabama, to the late Emmett and Estelle McClure Byrd, as one of eight children. She attended school in Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock High School. Melba married Prather Eugene "Rip" Munnerlyn on August 4, 1946. She is survived by one brother, Robert L. "Bob" Byrd (Colleen) of North Little Rock; two daughters: Donna Bosley (Bill) of Benton and Christie White (Moreland) of Osceola; three grandchildren: Chip Bosley (Jennifer), Brennan Bosley (Keri), and Elizabeth White; and four great grandchildren: Garrett, Dillon, Haley and Savannah Bosley. She was preceded in death by her husband, "Rip" Munnerlyn, three brothers: Roland, Gerald and John Donald Byrd and three sisters: Bernice Noakes Richards, Pearl Daly, and Inez Varner Schubert.
Melba was active in community affairs, including North Little Rock Junior League, Lakewood United Methodist Church, Salvation Army, National Homebuilders Association Women's Council, Arkansas Children's Hospital Auxiliary, and Babalou. She was honored as North Little Rock Citizen of the Year and Salvation Army Volunteer of the Year. She was most proud of the Salvation Army Christmas stocking program which she founded. She enjoyed golfing, skiing, traveling, playing bridge and bunko and house boating at Lake Ouachita. Her family will remember her by all of the greeting cards which she faithfully sent on holidays and birthdays.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 15 at 2:00 at Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Lakewood United Methodist Church, 1922 Topf, North Little Rock 72116, Habitat For Humanity of Saline County, 404 West Walnut, Benton, AR 72015 or Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1897, Little Rock, AR 72203.
Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home, a Smith Family Funeral Home. Online obituary at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.