Doney, Melva

Melva Doney 1943
Melva Doney 1943

Melva Doney

Melva Doney was Treasurer of her Senior Class, and she was also Treasurer of Le Cercle Franqais (the French Club) in 1943. She was Secretary of the Mar-Ken Chapter of the National Honor Society.

From the Mar-Ken 1942 Yearbook, as a Junior:
On the Pacific Island of New Zealand, Melva Doney first saw the light of day on November 28th. Her wit and humor fits her ambition to be a song writer and actress to a “T”. Her favorite sport is swimming, and her favorite pastime is dancing. She likes French better than her other classes and dislikes standoffish people.

From the September 28, 1942 Mar-Ken Journal:
Melva Doney was elected Senior Class Treasurer and Treasurer of the French Club.

From the October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journal:

On Wednesday evening, September 30, a party of Mar-Kenites entered the new Mar-Ken limousine and were off to see Melva in “Cry Havoc,” a story of the courageous nurses on Bataan.

Melva’s performance was outstanding in a splendid cast, and all agreed that the play was, without exception, the best they had seen. The story revolves about the reactions of girls from different walks of life who are forced to live together through the nerve-racking conditions of Bataan.

Each character has its own, individual personality. Melva plays the role of an English girl, who, after her first day on Bataan, goes for a walk, gets caught in an air raid, and for four days and nights, is buried in a fox hole with six dead bodies. She loses her mind, and Melva in the role of Sue in her mental collapse gives a superb performance.

Those who attended the play were Mrs. Bessire, Mr. and Mrs. Gilliland, Miss Marcou, Geri Northrup, Kent Bessire, Natalie Meyers, and Bernadelle Wheeler.

After the performance, the party adjourned to the home of Melva Doney where they were graciously received and entertained by Melva and her mother.  B.W.

From 1943 Mar-Ken Yearbook; Senior Crossword Puzzle:
This little Miss is from New Zealand. She’s our treasurer and is really a peach.