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Zelma Fay Justice

December 3, 1921 February 14, 2018
Zelma Fay Justice
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Zelma Fay Justice was born on December 3rd, 1921 in the Township of Burnett, County of Pottawatomie, in the state of Oklahoma to Benjamin “Frank” Ross and Verona (Word) Ross. She went home to heaven to be reunited with the love of her life Virgil, on February 14th, 2018. It is appropriate that she would pass on the day representing love since she was always so loving to everyone who knew her. She was 96 years old.

Zelma met Virgil on her daddy's ranch he was driving a tractor plowing the fields, she took him a glass of ice tea. Zelma and Virgil were married on Jan 7th, 1939 in Buckeye, Arizona. They had nine children and lived in Arizona, Texas, Oregon and California. They especially enjoyed their place in Big Bear, California.

After losing Virgil in 1974, Zelma eventually moved to Santa Maria where she remained until her passing.

She loved all her siblings, but her twin sister Thelma and her had a special bond. After they both found themselves widowed they spent a lot of time together. We all enjoyed the stories they would tell about the old days. Zelma would tell a story and Thelma would look at her and say “Now Zelmie” and then everyone would start laughing, great memories!

Zelma was defined by her generous and loving spirit to anyone in need and her love of family, especially those grandbabies!

Her passions included traveling with her siblings, playing the slots, gardening, camping, playing cards and dice, dancing and watching her favorite team the Dodgers “Her boys she'd say”.

Zelma is survived by her three sons; Verril Justice and wife Jackie of St. George, Ut; Vernon Justice and his wife Tina of Madera, CA; Steven Justice and wife Frances of Santa Maria, CA; five daughters; Darline Ralls and husband Wayne of Santa Maria, CA; Virginia Lott of Salem, OR; Lavonne Newman and husband Glenn of Santa Maria, CA; Patsy Sedain of Santa Maria, CA; Consetta Smith and husband John of Santa Maria, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin “Frank” Ross and Verona (Word) Ross, husband Virgil Justice, three brothers Carl, George, and Ivan Ross; four sisters; her twin Thelma Odom, Marlene Morris, Ivy Moore, and Edith Herbert, son Jerry Justice, and grandson Jimmy Harrold.

One very important lesson my grandmother taught me was to always look for the GOOD in people.

Zelma will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.


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