Melva (Highland) Herum died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at her Fort Dodge home. Her Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Austin Hill officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Monday at the Gunderson Funeral Home in Fort Dodge.
Melva Highland, the daughter of Earl and Clara (Kehm) Highland, was born on January 12, 1927, in Fort Dodge. She graduated from FDHS in 1945, following by a BS in Botany at Iowa State College and the MS in teaching Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois. She taught two years prior to her marriage.
Melva was united in marriage to Floyd Herum in 1952, and resided in Ames, Iowa, Urbana, Illinois, W. Lafayette, Indiana, and Columbus, Ohio, as she and her growing family accompanied her husband in his educational and professional career, including one year in Baghdad, Iraq and Piracicaba, Brazil.
Melva is survived by her husband of 61 years, son Bob and Teri (Martin), daughter Donna and Kevin Reid, and grandson Nick and Cristina (Wells). She is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Barbara, and brother Robert.
Beginning with their honeymoon in Europe, Melva enjoyed extensive travel, especially riverboats crossing Europe, had visited all seven continents, and had twice traveled around the globe. She was an avid gardener, having grown up in her parents’ greenhouse and florist shop, the Highland Greenhouse. Melva returned in 1994 to this parental home upon her husband’s retirement in Ohio. Here she enjoyed participation in the Fort Dodge Area Garden Club, Izaak Walton League of America, Wa-Tan-Ye, and the First Presbyterian Church quilters
As a Master Gardener, Melva hoped that there would be “lots of flowers” at her funeral.