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December 30, 1925 ~ July 14, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Zella Conlon, passed away peacefully of natural causes in Michigan City, Indiana, on July 14, 2023, at her home. She was born on December 30, 1925, in Warren, Michigan, to Harry Baird and Nellie (Betterton) Baird, Zella was known and loved for her creativity, gentleness, and loving nature.
Zella was educated in Warren, MI. She dedicated herself fully to her family as a devoted housewife and mother. Her warmth, and patience, were admired by all who knew her. She was a guiding light of strength, not just for her children, but also for a broad extended family and community.
In addition to her role as a homemaker, Zella was known for her philanthropic endeavors. She was a regular donor to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, always ensuring that she did her part to make the world a better place for children. Zella's nurturing spirit extended beyond her immediate family, touching countless lives.
Zella is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Zara Anderson, her brother Kelvin Godley, and her daughter Nellie Conlon. Her memories will live on through her three surviving children Katie Maxwell of Clarkston, Michigan, Patricia "Patty" Kreuser, and James "Jim" Conlon, both of Michigan City, Indiana. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom were a source of immense pride and joy for her.
Her interests were simple and brought her much happiness. She enjoyed the intellectual challenge of playing Bridge and took pleasure in the beauty of nature by cultivating and growing flowers. These hobbies enriched her life and reflected her creative and gentle spirit. She found joy in small things, teaching her family the value of appreciating life's simple pleasures.
Zella Conlon will be remembered not only for her loving nature but for her strength and commitment to her family and community. Her memory will continue to inspire and guide us, filling our hearts with warmth and gratitude for having had her in our lives. Zella's life was a gift, one that will continue to give through the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.