Press Release

'81 HLG Homecoming Queen Donates Tiara

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
by Rebecca Penner

Jewelry store owner and past HLG Homecoming Queen Melody Azdell Farnen ‘81, donated the tiara presented at this year’s coronation ceremony for Homecoming Queen Christina Carter.


In order to add her own personal touch to the donation, Melody selected the design of the tiara based on her own that she received in the 1980 coronation. Arching and curving, the 160 stones sweep up to a beautiful three-stone point, creating a radiant design that will sparkle anywhere.


Melody got her start in jewelry at the young age of 13 when a man in her church asked her if she wanted to work in his family jewelry store. She remained at Miller’s Jewelry all the way through her college graduation.


Several years later, Melody’s dad was diagnosed with cancer. Being the only daughter, she felt it her duty to return home to Mexico, Missouri, in order to help her mom. During this time, there happened to be a jewelry store for sale. “God opened the door and made a dream become a reality,” said Melody. “We opened the store in 1995 and with God’s help and my wonderful Christian staff we are still going strong.”


Melody’s family has a legacy at Hannibal-LaGrange. She herself is the third generation to attend HLGU and the second generation of royalty since her mother, Elaine Kerr, was the Sweetheart Queen in 1947-’48.


At school, Melody was active in the traveling choir, drama department, Phi Theta Kappa as well as being president of the sophomore class. “During that time I grew more in my Christian faith than ever before,” she said, “and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to attend Hannibal LaGrange University.”

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations