The Heroines

Lisle Melton

is honored with a Brick from Curtis M. Irby.

 Lisle  Melton Lisle Luella McCormick was born on April 11, 1890 in Waterloo, Blackhawk County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Thomas Patrick and Harriet Sophia (Whippo) McCormick. Lisle was the oldest of five siblings. Her two brothers, Harry Thomas and Albert Charles fought in World War I.

Irene Harriet, a wonderful lady, was Lisle's only sister. The sisters had a very close and special relationship. Franklyn McCormick was her "baby brother" and quite a famous radio personality in Chicago. As the fates would have it, Lisle was the only one of her siblings to have children, two girls, of her own. These "Melton girls" were therefore very special to the entire McCormick family.

Lisle worked at the Black's Dry Good Store in Waterloo after completing the 8th grade. She had hoped to go on to high school, but because of her father's failing health her income was needed to help support the family. This was typical of her time. Duty and responsibility to the family came before personal aspirations.

Lisle and Guy Melton were married on June 9, 1915 at her mother's home in Waterloo Iowa. She was 25 years old. They were happily married for almost 65 years before Guy passed away on February 12, 1980. Their daughters, Harriett Jane and Marjorie Irene, were the center of their lives.

The family moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1924. They immediately joined St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Lisle was an active member of St. Paul's for over 56 years. Lisle joined Guy in paradise on August 16, 1981.

Lisle was a kind and gentle person. Her genuine concern for those around her was felt by all who knew her. As a granddaughter-in-law, I never heard her say an unkind word to or about anyone. She was a lady in mannerisms and deeds. Lisle was first and foremost a devoted wife and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and this world is a better place because she lived.

Submitted by Curtis and Sue Irby, grandson and granddaughter-in-law

September 14, 1998