Opal Zolene (Perry) Melvin was born on June 4, 1930, in Kirksville, Mo., to Plin Ople and Zola Gladys (Miller) Perry. Zolene was educated in the Missouri public schools and started the study of music at an early age. Her study included the piano, cello, pipe organ and vocal training. Her musical training continued during college at Northeast Missouri State University where she accompanied various student groups and visiting artists. At NMSU she met another music major who eventually became her husband, Steve Melvin. In 1952, Steve and Zolene were invited to Marshalltown by a college friend of Steve's, Armon Adams. Steve became the vocal music instructor at Marshalltown High School and Zolene took a position with the Melbourne Public Schools where she taught all grade levels of music and high school English and literature. Zolene also taught K-6 music in the Marshalltown Schools during the middle 1950s. She taught private piano and organ lessons through 1990. Zolene worked with hundreds of students and enjoyed watching them grow and develop their musical skills. Zolene developed a special relationship with each student and cherished their friendship.