Zenna L. Faris, 89, of Conrad, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Oakview Nursing Home in Conrad, Iowa. A private family funeral will be held and she will be buried in the New Providence Cemetery.
Zenna was born on August 4, 1931 in Whitten, Iowa to Harvey and Zula (Powers) Smith. She grew up in Whitten and graduated from Whitten High School with the class of 1948. On August 4, 1948 she married Leo Faris and the couple moved to Eldora and then New Providence. Zenna was a member of the Whitten Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, reading, ceramics, needle work, antique shopping, camping, and fishing.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children Kathy (Daryl) Gilmore of Marshalltown, IA and Jim (Gayle) Faris of Hubbard, IA; grandchildren Brett Gilmore, Brant (Lori) Gilmore, Brock (Laura Otto) Gilmore, Amber (Nathan) Wiertzema, and Austin (Amy) Faris; great-grandchildren Taylor (Keith) White, Cole Gilmore, Bo Eggers, Chase Eggers, Stevi Eggers, Madison Wiertzema, Paige Wiertzema, Hailey Faris, and Logan Faris; great-great granddaughter Scarlett White; brother-in-law Gary (Joyce) Faris; sister-in-law Rosemary Wellman; many nieces and nephews.
Zenna was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister Noradell, husband Leo, brothers Harvey (Helen), Marvin, and Marlin (Shirley), sister Delma (Charlie) Woodley, brothers-in-law Edward Faris and Robert Wellman, and sister-in-law Mary Faris.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care has been entrusted with the care of Zenna and her family.
So very sorry to hear Aunt Zenna passed away. I loved her laugh and infectious smile. Nancy Frerichs is right, Aunt Zenna's eyes did have a special twinkle and sparkle. I loved how special she always made me feel. She let me play with Kathy's wind up muscial teddy bear with a removable fur coat that revealed a black and gold stripped body. She only let me hold it and play with it if I promised to be careful with it. I think that is my first memory of being taught to respect others belongings. I remember family camping vacations as a child with Aunt Zenna and Uncle Leo traveling along. I remember playing at the farm and getting to sit at the dinning room table for a special sugar cookie treat presented on a special plate. Special, that is what Aunt Zenna was and how she made me feel. I do hope I have that sugar cookie recipe.
I remember being at family reunions and was always so very glad to see Aunt Zenna.
I share her love of needlework, sewing and quilting. I will think of her fondly as I engage in these activities. So dearly loved, my favorite, Aunt Zenna.
To the Faris Family.....so sorry to hear of passing of Zenna.
Donald & Delores Hauser
So sorry of the loss of your mother. She was a fantastic lady loved her laugh and the way her eyes always sparkled.
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