Quinelda Zachary

09/04/1917 - 02/06/2015 Obituary
Quinelda Zachary Obituary
Quinelda Williamson Zachary died of an aneurism on February 6, 2015, at the age of 97, in Visalia, California. Queenie was born in Glenanne, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, on September 4, 1917, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Jane Lowry. Her father was a war hero in the Battles of Ypres and Somme during World War 1; her mother was the village midwife. She had 7 much-loved brothers and sisters.
Queenie spent the war years in Manchester, England, where she worked in a munitions factory, supporting the war effort. She often stated that those years were the worst of times and the best of times. She loved the camaraderie with young women and men all focused on winning the war. She met her future husband, Alvin Zachary, who was with the American forces, at an army base in Manchester. She came to the United States in 1948, married, and raised four children, Elizabeth, Brian, Susan and Kathleen. She ran an after-school day care for many years and then worked at Kern General Hospital as a central supply technician until her retirement. Although Queenie loved her birth-country, Northern Ireland and her adopted country, the United States, her heart resided in England.
Queenie was an amazing mother to her own children and second-mother to many others. Her home was always open to the neighborhood children and her children's friends. The cookie jar was never empty and warm home-made cookies were usually cooling on the counter when ravenous kids returned from school. Every child's birthday was a cause for celebration. Party hats, streamers and
whistles were repeatedly recycled to use at the numerous parties held around the ping-pong/picnic table on the patio.
When Queenie turned 90, she decided it was time to move to Visalia and live with her daughter, Susan, and Susan's husband, Michael Kreps. She spent contented days gardening, working on crafts, baking cookies and pound cakes, making her famous seasonal jellies and jams and reading anything she could find. She continued to stay in contact with her many friends and relatives and made new friends wherever she traveled. Her favorite day was Sunday, when she could sit in the breakfast room for hours, drink many cups of strong English tea with milk, read the Sunday NY Times and Fresno Bee from cover to cover with her son-in-law and discuss the state of the world.
Queenie is survived by her daughters, Susan Zachary Kreps and her husband, Michael, in Visalia, and Kathleen Randall and her husband, Bob, in Santa Maria, as well as her many friends , including the ladies of the Daughters of the British Empire and her very best friend, Pat Smith. She was predeceased by her husband, Alvin, her daughter, Elizabeth Wagnon, and her son, Brian Zachary. She was the proud grandmother of Brian's son, Jeremy Zachary and wife Sharla, and Kathleen's son, Andrew Thomas. She was the delighted great grandmother of Jeremy's daughter, Keira Zachary. She was also the proud aunt of her many nieces and nephews in Great Britain and the United States. Queenie avoided funerals and did not want a public service. There will be a private family celebration to commemorate her birthday in September in her beloved Sequoias.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 10, 2015
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