Bloomington Pantagraph, Thursday, 29 January 1998, page B-6, column 5:

Melba Virginia Morehead, 83, of [address omitted], Normal, died at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 28, 1998) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Metzler-Froelich Memorial Home, Bloomington, the Rev. Brian Eble officiating. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the memorial home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heyworth Library or Community Cancer Center, 202 N. Center St., Bloomington, IL 61701.

Mrs. Morehead was born Oct. 29, 1914, at Heyworth, a daughter of O. G. "Shorty" and Maybelle Barnes Hayes. She married Carl Morehead Aug. 29, 1935, at Carlinville. He survives.

Other survivors include one daughter, Judith (Barry) Rexroat, Normal; two sons, Marvin Duane Morehead, Bloomington, and Ronald C. (Mollie) Morehead, Normal; a brother, Lloyd (Wava) Hayes, Bloomington; and two sisters, Lavonne Nelson, Monticello, and Jenalee (Raymond) Macy, Heyworth.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, MaDonna (Ray) Gandalavicks, Dawn Weed, Deidre Shriver, Marvin Rexroat, Carl (Jeanne) Rexroat, Virginia (Brett) Alexander, Peggy Rexroat, Stacey Morehead, Kim Harms, Tony Harms and Debbie (Karl) Arndt; and 17 great-grandchildren, Michelle, Dustin, Mark, Roger, Marissa, Alec, Amber, Samantha, Nathan, Justin, Emily, Kyle, Keegan, Cody, Stuart, Devin and David. She also was blessed with several sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister-in-law, Marie Anderson; seven brothers-in-law, Howard Nelson, Pete Anderson, Earl, Dean, Lester, Byron and Bill Morehead; and two grandchildren, Byron Carl and Teresa Lavonne.

Mrs. Morehead formerly worked as a saleslady and was also co-owner of a bar in Bloomington for several years. Her main interest was her family and caring for them. She was an avid doll collector, with a collection of dolls from various countries.

She was a 1933 graduate of Heyworth High School.

[Photocopy of obituary courtesy of Louise Tosh. Transcribed by me.]