Zola John, 93, of Blackfoot passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
She was born Jan. 16, 1920 in Blackfoot to Marion and Lucille Harper Sorensen. She was the second of nine children.
She married Thomas LaVere John on June 30, 1939. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. To this union five children were born — Thomas L. John (Bonnie) , Ronald John, Linda Steffler, David John (Keri) and Karolyn Taberna (John). LaVere and Zola were married for 74 years. They lived most of their married life in the Blackfoot area.
Zola worked at Sunspice and INL. She was an excellent cook and always made sure no one was ever hungry. She always put everyone before herself. Zola sewed many clothes for her children and grandchildren with perfection. It was rare to see her just sit still, as she was usually doing something for someone else. Zola was kind and appreciative in all circumstances. She was considered the perfect wife, mother and grandma by all of her family.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas LaVere John; five children, 17 grandchildren, 26 great- grandchildren,13 great-great-grandchildren and by her brother, Gary Sorensen.
She was preceded in death by siblings Marion, Richard “Dick”, Marvin, Louie Loraine, J Dean, Darrell and La Rae Sorensen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Wapello 2nd Chapel (337 North 200 East). The family will receive friends Monday from 7- 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 10-10:40 a.m., both at the church.
Burial will be in Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to give special thanks to all staff at Access Home Health and Hospice for all the care they provided.