Laurabel Neville Hume

Laurabel "Lolly" Neville Hume, 94, a Nevada resident from 1946 to 2003, died July 7, 2005, in Berkeley, Calif.

She was born Jan. 19, 1911, in Los Angeles, to Thomas and Gertrude Henry Neville. She spent her childhood in Monrovia, Calif.

She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., and Stanford University, where she earned an master's of arts degree in English.

She married Robert A. Hume in 1934. He was a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno for more than 40 years. He preceded her in death in 1987.

Mrs. Hume taught several semesters at UNR, worked at the Washoe County Library and taught third grade at Sierra Vista School before beginning a long career as an employment counselor for the state of Nevada. She continued her education during her tenure at the Department of Unemployment Development and became the first certified master counselor in the state.

After her retirement, she worked part-time in the travel industry and took every opportunity to travel. She then moved to Carson City where she continued reading and writing, and she published a novel, "The Ten-Month Year," in 1997, and she was working on a murder mystery at the time of her death.

Among her survivors are daughters Mary Lou Udey of Sparks, Julianne German of Pocatello, Idaho, and Elaine Merrill of Berkeley; grandchildren Robert Moore of Carson City, Arletta Moore, Nancy Osier and Christopher and David Merrill; and five great-grandchildren.

Cremation will be at the Nautilus Society in Oakland, Calif. A memorial service will be at a later date.


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