May 28, 1922-May 13, 2004
BENKELMAN -- Melba B. Loker, 81, died Thursday (May 13, 2004) at her home in Benkelman.
She was born May 28, 1922, to James Edward and Lola Ann (Hendrix) in Dundy County. She attended country school near her home. After completing 8th grade, she helped her family with the farm and later moved to Kansas City, Kan., where she worked for a short time.
On March 8, 1943, she married LeRoy L. Loker in Goodland. While her husband served during World War II, she lived and worked with her sister in Denver. In 1946, her husband received his honorable discharge. The family moved to Dundy County. They farmed east of Benkelman for a short time before settling on a farm in the Hiawatha area. In 1987, she moved to Benkelman. She received her GED in 1990.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Benkelman and the United Methodist Women. She was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sheba Rebekah Lodge No. 321 in Benkelman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LeRoy, in 1985; her sons, David and Robert Loker in a plane accident in 1968; sisters, Leta Warren and Hazel Johnson; and brothers, Leslie Johnson and Orval Johnson.
Survivors include her sister, LuEtta Patton of Hallam; sister-in-law, Erma Johnson of Benkelman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are Monday, 10:30 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment will be in Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation is Sunday, 2-7 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.