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Zola Grace Horney

June 23, 1926 — August 18, 2014

Zola Grace Horney, 88 a resident of Fort Sumner, NM and Russellville, AR passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 at her Russellville home following an illness. Zola was born June 23, 1926 in Negra, NM to the home of Harry Van Buren Lammon and the former Grace Libby Kephart. She attended school at Encino, Duran and Fort Sumner, NM. Zola Married Paul Horney Jr. on October 4, 1942 in Santa Rosa, NM. Together they ranched east of Elida, NM at Vaughn, NM and Yeso, NM for many years. Zola owned the Black Angus Bar and co-owned the Golden Ox Restaurant in Fort Sumner for several years. She was an active member of the Fort Sumner community; she served on the Fort Sumner School Board, and was the first woman elected to the Fort Sumner Village Council. She was active for many years in Eastern Star, a Mother Advisor for Rainbow Girls, a 4-H Leader, and served as a sponsor for the Fort Sumner High School cheerleaders. Zola sponsored the Junior Rodeo in Fort Sumner for many years. She is a past recipient of the Outstanding Farmer award given by the De Baca County Soil and Water Conservation District. Zola was also active in the Russellville, AR community where she served on the Russellville Art’s Center, and served as a director on the board of Charity Home. She was a Rotarian, and served as a director for Farmers Home Administration for many years. Zola served as C.E.O. and president of the board of directors of Innovation Industries, an elevator manufacturing plant in Russellville, and also served as a Supplier Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Elevator Contractors Association. Zola is preceded in death by her husband Paul Horney Jr. in 1971, a brother Ray Lammon in 1992, and a sister Nellie Willmuth in 2011. Survivors include two sons, Paul Edward Horney III and his wife Elayne of Fort Sumner, Guy Wayne Horney and his wife Glenda of Fort Sumner, four grandchildren Paul Horney IV and his wife Franshel of Russellville, Shane Quezada and husband Ben of Frisco, TX, Chad Horney of Fort Sumner, and Dr. Candace Wayne Horney-Schoppe and husband Dr. Kurt Schoppe of Euless, TX, great-grandchildren Danielle Olivia Ferguson and her husband Darryl of Russellville, Jacob Horne of Russellville, and Aaron Horne of Fort Benning, GA, Lila Grace Schoppe of Euless, TX, B.J. Quezada, and Ally Quezada of Frisco, TX, great-great-grandchildren Brady Kane Ferguson, and Oliver Oak Ferguson of Russellville,. Also surviving are many other relatives, including a niece who was very special to Zola, Cleo McMinn, along with a host of friends, many dedicated employees, her dedicated caregivers, and her pet dog and companion Lyla. The family requests memorials in Zola’s memory to Fort Sumner Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 180, Fort Sumner, NM 88119, or the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 2139, Little Rock, AR 72203 or the charity of your choice. Visitation hours will be Monday from 11am to 6pm at the Chavez Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11am Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Sumner with Rev. Mike Stahl and Sister Anna Teeter-Gentile officiating. Burial will follow in the Horney family plot, Fort Sumner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Guy Wayne Horney, Paul Ed Horney, Chad Horney, Paul Horney IV, Ben Quezada, Bo Faverino and Kurt Schoppe. Arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street, Fort Sumner, New Mexico. (575) 355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book please go to www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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