RINCON - Helen Raola Langford Smith Zeigler, born May 8, 1924, passed away peacefully at the Effingham Care Center on Oct. 6, 2020.
A native of Miami, Florida, Mrs. Zeigler was born in Arcadia, Florida, and has been a resident of Effingham County since the 1980s.
During her lifetime, she was a charter member of South Miami United Methodist Church where she was active in bible study and the women's circle. In Effingham County, she was a long-time member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church and later a charter member of Bible Lutheran Church.
She was an adoring wife, a devoted mother and a loving grandmother. She was a true matriarch, in every sense of the word.
Mrs. Zeigler was preceded in death by her first husband, Berny Lee Smith of Miami, Florida; her second husband, Milton Zeigler of Rincon; her sisters, Maxine Harward and Catherine "Toots" Simmons, both of Arcadia, Florida; her daughter, Suzanne Bagley of Keetchie, Louisiana'; her grandson, Marcus Zeigler of Colorado; and her great-grandson Wyatt Zeigler of Rincon.
She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Collins (Gene) and Lee Hughes; her two stepsons, David Zeigler (Connie) and James Zeigler; her grandchildren, Tracy Rogers (Brenda), Jennifer Sipes (Jay), Dusty Zeigler (Elaina), Judith Lott (Brent), Amy Terry, Jamie Allen (Kevin), Amanda Rutland (Nathaniel), Brandi Zeigler, Alan Zeigler (Ashley) and Adam Zeigler (Cary), 27 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, at Bible Lutheran Church. A pivate graveside service followed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Ms. Zeigler to Bible Lutheran Church located at 812 Blue Jay Road, Rincon, Ga. 31326.
Published in Effingham Herald from Oct. 15 to Oct. 20, 2020.