Melba Lovelace

Inducted: 2010

MELBA LOVELACE (1930- ) was born in Red Oak and graduated from Panola High School. She came to OPUBCO as a secretary and headed the typing pool before becoming a journalistic star in 1977 when she started writing “Melba’s Swap Shop” in The Daily Oklahoman. After writing the column seven days a week for 17 years—about 4,000 of them—she retired in 1992. She did television shows, a regular radio show and taught cooking classes at UCO, and wrote 16 books of recipes, crafts, quilting, and household hints. She continues to write the column on a weekly basis, which is a favorite in the Life section and featured on She also writes book reviews. Her mailbox is consistently filled with letters from readers. She says, “My readers are my friends.”