Zelma F (Blackshear) Harris

November 21, 1930 ~ August 4, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old


Zelma Faye Blackshear Harris, age 92, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 4, 2023 at Baptist Health Heber Springs.  She was born in Holland, MO. November 21, 1930 to William Henry and Flossie Ann Westfall Blackshear. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe E. Harris; 3 brothers, Buel Blackshear, Gervais Blackshear and Joseph Blackshear; 2 sisters, Reggie Blackshear McKee and Rethie Blackshear Huff; also several nieces and nephews. 

Zelma also lived in Minneapolis and Illinois before retiring and moving to Senath, MO. with her husband.  She belonged to the Senath Church of Christ and then moved to Heber Springs, AR 13 years ago and joined the Heber Springs Church of Christ.  She loved to serve any way she could while she was able.  She worked for years in the food industry, first in restaurants and then in school cafeterias where she worked until the age of 85.  She truly had a servant's heart.  She moved to Heber Springs to be close to one of her nieces, 

She is survived by niece, Ella Jo Green; a sister in law, Mary Blackshear of Winter Haven, FL; 3 nephews in Winter Haven, Wayne (Wendy) Blackshear, Frank (Renee) Blackshear and Ray Blackshear as well as other nieces and nephews across the country and many many friends, especially the friends in Park Circle that were more like family and they all watch out for each other. Also, can not leave out her precious Lad. The best dog ever.

She met a lot of people because she would go around town to see if she could pick up black walnuts, pecans and pears around Heber, and in Florida she would be given permission to pick up oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines. She enjoyed that so much and it was hard to turn down a little white haired lady. She played that well. 

She was a lady that liked having things her way, and she did. Many years ago, she selflessly decided to donate her body to science (because new doctors need bodies to study) So as her soul went to Jesus, her body has gone to Washington University in Saint Louis, MO.

If anyone wishes to make a donation in memory of Zelma Harris she would request the Humane Society, Paragould Children's Home and Hospice Care.

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