Zella Mae Evans was born on February 13, 1929, to Norman Monroe and Ardie Mae Mims in Mt. Vernon, Texas. She transitioned to eternity with her Lord on June 7, 2020, in Dallas, Texas.
She lived in Dallas most of her early adult years and later moved to Chicago where her first child was born. She moved to Arizona where she resided for a short time, and then she moved to California where she raised her children. When she lost her beloved ‘Sue’, she moved to Alaska but eventually returned to Dallas to be closer to her large, extended family. Zella worked in the food service industry for many years while in California. She was a supervisor for the United States Air Force Base Exchange. She also worked in food service for Anchorage School District in Anchorage, Alaska, where she retired. Never really leaving the workforce, she returned to work as a House Manager in Dallas for many years. Zella retired at the ripe age of 86 years old, and was probably one of the oldest people in Dallas ever to receive unemployment benefits! She was committed to whatever capacity in which she worked.
When her first grandchild was born, she decided she would be called "Mae Mae" because she felt she was too young to be a grandmother. She was also affectionately regarded as "Aunt Mae" by family and friends. Zella was known for her huge heart and spunky attitude. On the humorous side, she had no filter and always spoke her mind. Don’t dare call her during her ‘stories,’ The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. Appointments were always scheduled around those two shows. Cooking and entertaining people were one of her greatest joys, as well as catering. A giver and a quiet helper, Zella was always helping someone. She was the matriarch of the Monroe family and served as treasurer for the Monroe-Moore Family Reunion for many years. Her presence and Bingo prizes at family reunions will truly be missed.
Zella was preceded in death by her parents, Norman Monroe and Ardie Mae Mims Monroe; her daughter, Zella Louise Boseman; and her sisters, Dorothy Holmes and Normal Jean Anderson. Those left to cherish sweet memories and continue her legacy of love include her children: Virginia Green of California, Debra Daniels (Charles) of Colorado, and Gary Keller of California; grandchildren: Eric Boseman, LaShalle Boseman, Marichal Boseman, Ronnell Keller, Tosha Daniels, Kendra Green, and Damian Keller; honorary grandson, Terrell Walker; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Vernice Darbey, Bobby Nell Glover (JW), and Kathryn Price; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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