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Zola was born June 11, 1922 in Douglas County, Mo., to Frank and Lydia “Birdie” (Robertson) Thurman.
On Aug. 20, 1942, Zola and Elmer Thomas “Tommy” Harrison were united in marriage in Ava, Mo., and to this union five children were born.
Zola was a resident of Everton for five years moving from Kansas City, Mo. She grew up in Douglas County, Mo., where she lived in the Girdner and Whites Creek communities. She was a Christian and attended the Sweden and Girdner Churches.
Zola enjoyed flowers, quilting and traveling locally. She loved listening to gospel music and being with her family.
Zola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, “Tommy”; one brother, Alva Thurman; a sister, Naomi Twitty; a granddaughter, Becky Nichols; and a great-grandson, Michael James McIntire.
Zola is survived by five children, Helen Almon, Everton, Mo., Shilah McIntire and Stephen Dewald, Gladstone, Mo., Clifton Harrison, Everton, Mo., Clifford and Gwen Harrison, Seymour, Mo., and Twyla Creason, Kansas City, Mo.; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Neva Vinson and Norva Strong, both of Ava, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Frieda Thurman, Ava, Mo.; many nieces, nephews, a host of other relatives and friends, and a special pen pal of many years, Doug Bethel, whose letters she looked forward to and enjoyed every week.
Funeral services for Zola will be Friday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo., with burial in the Girdner Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 27, from 1 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Revs. Tom Johnson and Marvin Loftin. Memorials may be made to Girdner Cemetery or Seasons Hospice, 1831 W. Melville, Springfield, MO 65803.
Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.