Published in Daily Press from December 27 to December 28, 2009 (in part): HAMPTON - Merle Arlene Schrum, 88, passed away Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009. Arlene was born in Lynchburg, Va., on Nov. 7, 1921, and was a Hampton resident for 70 years.
Mrs. Schrum is survived by her husband of 66 years, Charles Thomas Schrum; daughter, Susan Norris and husband, Fred of Yorktown; son, the Rev. T. Kevin Schrum and wife, Vicki of Yorktown; grandson, David Norris of Newport News; granddaughters, Jennifer Erin-Ann Proffitt and husband, Roger of Hampton, Suzanne Michelle Nester and husband, Steven of Hampton, and Amber Lynn Schrum of Poquoson; and three great-grandchildren, Guinevere Norris of Ohio, Roger Proffitt Jr. and Leila Ann Nester, both of Hampton. She is also survived by her sister, Mildred Whitehurst of Richmond, Va.
Mrs. Schrum attended E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg and graduated from Warwick High School in Newport News. She was a lifelong member of West Hampton Baptist Church in Hampton, Va. She previously was active in Vacation Bible schools, the Women's Missionary Union and assisted in the Wednesday Night Suppers at church. In the early 1960's she was employed in the lunchroom facility of the former Bethel Elementary School (now Forrest) in Hampton.