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Shirley Carolyn Zeck was born March 17, 1939, in Knoxville, the daughter of Gilford Trude Gilliland and Letha Ellen (Thompson) Gilliland. Carolyn graduated from Knoxville High School and then lived in Indianola for a brief time. On Dec. 24, 1970, she was united in marriage to Ralph Zeck. The couple made their home in Melcher-Dallas until moving to Knoxville five months ago. Prior to retirement, Carolyn worked for the Al Crouch Law Firm for many years and briefly at 3M. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and then canning the harvest. Carolyn’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Carolyn passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at her home, in Knoxville, at the age of 76 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Ellen and Rhonda; son, Kevin; granddaughter, Kami; uncles: Jay and Leonard; sister, Paula Faye and grandmother, Becky. Those left to cherish Carolyn’s memory include her husband, Ralph; daughter, Fayetta (Dave) Cooper of Redfield, Iowa; brothers: James Gilliland of Oregon and David (Lori) Gilliland of Arizona; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter and many other family members and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Apostolic Church – Knoxville, with Pastor Phil Frankford & Dave Van Vark, officiating. Musical Selections were “Amazing Grace”, “Grandma’s Song” and “Heavenly Sunlight”. Memorials may be made to the family. Bybee & Davis Funeral Home handled arrangements and online condolences may be left at BertrandFuneralHomes.com.
Published on  October 1, 2015
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