Melba Irou Lee

1918–2003 (Age 85)
Ringgold, Bienville, Louisiana, United States

The Life of Melba Irou

When Melba Irou Lee was born on 22 May 1918, in Ringgold, Bienville, Louisiana, United States, her father, Oscar Roland Lee, was 27 and her mother, Frances Mahalia McGinty, was 23. She married Vernon Hudnall Shepherd about 1937, in Louisiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 10 November 2003, in her hometown, at the age of 85, and was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Ringgold, Bienville, Louisiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Melba Irou Lee
Vernon Hudnall Shepherd
Marriage: about 1937
James Roland Shepherd

Spouse & Children

about 1937
Louisiana, United States


Parents & Siblings



  • Clarice Lavonia Lee


  • Female1918–2003Female

  • Maude Lonnette Lee


  • Francis Lee


  • Oscar Roland Lee, Jr.


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Age 2

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Age 23

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow or a patch of arable land, Middle English lee, lea, from Old English lēa, dative case (used after a preposition) of lēah, which originally meant ‘wood’ or ‘glade’.2 English: habitational name from any of the many places named with Old English lēah ‘wood’, ‘glade’, as for example Lee in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, and Shropshire, and Lea in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, and Wiltshire.3 Irish: reduced Americanized form of Ó Laoidhigh ‘descendant of Laoidheach’, a personal name derived from laoidh ‘poem’, ‘song’ (originally a byname for a poet).

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (2)

  • Melba Irou Lee Shepherd, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Cemetery record for Melba Irou Lee

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