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Zelma White

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Zelma Lois Nicholson White, 88, died 7:37 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at Lourdes hospital.

She was a native of the Reidland community of Paducah, Ky. She was a lifelong member of Reidland United Methodist Church and a graduate of Reidland High School. She attended Paducah Junior College and had been employed by South Central Bell and Peoples Bank in Paducah, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the construction of Kentucky Dam in Draffenville, by Union Carbide in West Paducah, and in later years at Carey Optical in Paducah.

She had been a Paducah Ambassador greeting visitors at the riverfront and was a tireless and frequent visitor to friends and family residing in several area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She participated in meetings and events of the OWLS ministry at Reidland United Methodist Church and had traveled extensively with her husband of 47 years, Barron White.

She is survived by her daughter Katherine White and son-in-law, Roger Cicora of Smyrna, Ga.; her daughter, Elizabeth Hansen and son-in law Joseph Hansen of Mayfield; sister, Katherine Flowers of Reidland; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harry and Helen White of Mission Viejo, Calif.; grandchildren, David, James and Emily Hansen; nieces and nephews, Charles and Gail Flowers, Richard and Jane Flowers, Pat and Mike Brunn, Margaret Roberts, Regina and Larry Davis, David Flowers, Joanne and Dale Litzsinger, Beverly and Jim Martin, Mary and Rich Zapala, Bette and David Dwinell, Rollie White, Bill and Kathi White, Harry and Cathy White, Bob White and Jim White, and all of their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Bessie Nicholson; her husband, Barron White; her brother and sister-in-law, Rex and Mary Nicholson; brother-in-law, James A. Flowers; niece, Marguerite White; and nephew, Michael Hermes.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reidland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joseph Hanson, Dr. Sky McCracken and the Rev. David Garrett officiating. Memorial visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

Private graveside services will be held at Mt. Kenton Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to: Reidland United Methodist Church, 5515 Reidland Road, Paducah, KY 42003.

You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.milnerandorr.com.

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