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Melba Lower

Private family services for Melba B. Lower, age 93 of Verdel, Nebraska, will be held at a later date.

Brockhaus Funeral Home of Niobrara is in charge of arrangements.

Melba died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Alpine Village in Verdigre, Nebraska.

Melba B. (Black) Lower, the only child of Leonard and Laura (Dever) Black, was born on September 1, 1920 at Verdel, Nebraska. During her school years Melba helped her parents at their general merchandise store. Melba attended and graduated as valedictorian from Verdel High School and furthered her education at the University of Nebraska. After her junior year, Byron R. Lower, who also attended the University, became Melba's husband on July 29, 1941 at the Methodist Church in Marysville, Kansas. In 1942, Melba graduated with a degree in math and a minor in English and Spanish. Her first two months she taught at UNL and because of her husband's job as a broadcasting engineer, the couple moved to Omaha. While living in Omaha, Sandra Jean was born and died at the age of 14 months. Two years later, on October 18th, Sharon Ann was born. In May 1948, the young family moved back to Verdel and built a new house. "Dev" Byron Dever Lower was born February 10, 1951. In the meantime, Melba's husband was developing his electric and T.V. business and Melba was a full time housewife.

In 1958, Byron, Melba, Bud, and Evelyn Lanman talked Leonard Black into selling the general merchandise store to them. They kept the business going for many years. In 1966, Melba began teaching at the Verdigre Public School in Verdigre, Nebraska, and retired after 20 years.

Melba and Byron both loved to travel and enjoyed trips, including three to Europe. The couple also travelled to Alaska and other destinations within the United States, and also visited Mexico several times. Byron passed away July 10, 1984 and Melba remained living in her home in Verdel and cared for her parents. Melba moved to Alpine Village in Verdigre in June of 2009.

Melba is survived by her daughter, Shari Fristro of Missoula, Montana, and son, Byron "Dev" Lower of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and their families.

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