Melba Hudson Livermore (Mrs. Edward K. Livermore)
BY Staff Reports
Sunday, January 20, 2013
1/20/13 at 6:30 AM
Melba (Mrs. Edward K.) Livermore passed away after a short illness at her home in Inverness Village, Tulsa, OK. She was born Feb. 24, 1919, to Edward E. and Sarah Hudson in Blair, OK. She spent much of her childhood on the Mississippi River where her father had the Bank Stabilization Construction Company. During these years, the family lived in Sikeston, Cape Girardeau and Columbia, MO and Alton, IL. She attended 8th grade in Glenpool and graduated from Norman High School in 1936. She met her husband, Edward K. Livermore, at the University of Oklahoma. They graduated from OU’s School of Journalism in 1940. In 1941, they were married at McFarland Methodist Church in Norman, and moved to Anadarko just before World War II. Mrs. Livermore spent the war years in Norman while her husband was in the U.S. Army Counter-intelligence Corps. On Livermore’s return from military service, they lived in Claremore where they published the Claremore Daily Progress. In 1959, they acquired the Sapulpa Daily Herald and moved to Sapulpa. Mrs. Livermore was active in the management of both newspapers. Additionally, the Livermores had interests in other newspaper holdings including the Edmond Evening Sun, Guthrie News Leader, Pauls Valley Daily Democrat and Catoosa Times as well as the Mineral Wells Index in Mineral Wells, TX, and the Clarksville Times in Clarksville, AK. They were joined in these interests by their son and wife, Edward Jr. and Marcia Livermore. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son Ed and Marcia of Kerrville, TX; Sarah Spencer, Santa Fe, NM; Mary Bush and husband, Don, of Leawood, KS; her grandchildren, John Livermore and wife, Christi, Frisco, TX; Christina Jagodik and husband, Paul, Austin, TX; Mary Carmack and partner Jolene Altwies, Albuquerque, NM, and Lucinda Bush, Lawrence, KS. Mrs. Livermore’s great-grandchildren are Jake, Will and Brock Livermore; Kaylee and Chloe Jagodik and Hudson Altwies. Mrs. Livermore’s grandparents were pioneer settlers in Oklahoma, coming to Western Oklahoma is 1887 in a covered wagon and staking a claim in what is now Jackson County. The lived in that wagon until they could build their sod house. She was a 50-year member of the First United Methodist Church of Sapulpa, PEO and Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, Sapulpa, OK. Officiating will be Dr. Allen Schneider. Entombment will be at Green Hill Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers family suggests donations can be made in Melba’s name to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sapulpa, OK. This obituary was published in the Tulsa World on 1/20/2013.