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      Zetta May Combs, age 96, of Lamar, died May 10, 2010, at her home after a  short illness.


     Zetta was born January 29, 1914 at Mountain Grove, Missouri, and was the only child of John Benjamin and Zetta May (Fleming) Stickney. She graduated from High School in Republic, MO and on May 22, 1938 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from State Teachers College (SMSU) Springfield, MO. A lifelong student of sewing and cooking, Zetta taught Home Economics at Republic for three years and in 1941, she moved to Lamar and began teaching Home Economics at the Lamar High School, where she taught for 17 years. 


     On August 6, 1958, she married Clyde Edwin Combs, an attorney in Lamar, and a graduate of the University of Missouri.  Mr. Combs preceded her in death October 29, 1965 at the age of 51.


       Zetta was a member of the Lamar United Methodist Church where she was active in the choir, women’s organizations, and was the church librarian until last year.  This year the church named the library the Zetta May Combs Library in honor of her years of service.  She was also a member of P.E.O.,  and GFWC Atheneum Club and Federated Women’s Club.


     Zetta is survived by second cousin, Mary Jean Brock and husband Phil of Springfield, MO; second cousin Timothy Joseph Tierney of Kansas City, MO; second cousin Mary Joanne Smith of Wichita, KS; third cousins, Sherry Brock Delo and husband Jack of St. Louis, MO Sandra Brock Langewisch and husband Paul of Fulton, MO; Sunday Brock Molen and husband Ron of West Chester OH; Stephen Phil Brock of Springfield, MO; fourth cousins Stacey Brooks Delo Madway and Eleanor Gasper, of Eugene, OR. And Carrice Brock Delo of San Francisco; Amy Anderson Simmons and Billie Jean Anderson Woods of Kansas City, Marnie Molen Hartman of Perrysburg, OH, Matthew Roberts of Orange Park, FL; Christopher Stephen Brock and Lauren Michelle Brock of Dallas, TX; and three toddler fifth cousins, Riley Jean Simmons of Kansas City, Madilyn Brooks Hartman of Perrysburg, OH and Lilly Edythe Brock of Dallas, TX.



     Additional survivors include the town of Lamar, the Leonard and Annette Belline Family; including son Robert Allen Belline and wife Betty of St. Louis, and their children Carolyn Williams and her husband Alvi of Derby, MO; Debra Apted and husband Dan of St. Louis, and Mark Belline and wife Willie of Richland, MO; son Bruce Belline and wife Sharon of Lamar, MO and their children Camma Griffith and husband Brian of St. Louis, Lance Belline and wife Ulrika of Fayetteville, AR and Trevor Belline and wife Holland of Fayetteville, AR and son Louis Belline and wife Wanda of Duluth, GA and their children Drew Belline and wife Margarette of Atlanta, GA and Allison Belline of Atlanta, GA.


     Funeral Services for Zetta will be 2:00 pm Thursday, May 13, 2010 at Lamar United Methodist Church. 


     Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time at the Lamar United Methodist Church.


     Contributions are suggested to ­­­­­­Lamar United Methodist Church Children’s Ministry.






#13 Sugar Land, TexasGatha Hogan 2010-06-20 15:22
Wonderful teacher. Gave courage to a shy child. Inspiring and good memories from her class. We will miss her.
#12 Prairie Village, KansasDon and Barbara Moyer-Wilson 2010-05-15 18:12
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Zetta May Stickney Combs. We were greatly enriched knowing Zetta May as Lamar High School faculty members together in the 1950s. She was an outstanding teacher and a wonderful friend to both students, faculty and community. We will truly miss her.
#11 Nevada, MOErica Skouby 2010-05-14 07:25
I loved Zetta May. She was a pure example of what God wants us all to be. She always had a kiss for me and I will miss holding her hand. Every time I read a UMW Reading Program book I will think about her!
#10 Sheldon, MOAngela Bryant 2010-05-12 10:54
Such grace, such dignity. Heaven has truly gained a beautiful soul.
#9 Spring Hill, KansasMarilyn M. \Harper\ Howard 2010-05-12 08:39
Zeta Mae was a wonderful, kind, caring, gracious lady and was an inspiration to me as a teacher, friend and example of a true Christian. She will be missed but not forgotten.
#8 Carthage, Mo.Carolyn Wyatt 2010-05-12 07:40
Zetta May was a lovely, sweet lady that I had the privilege of knowing and working with in GFWC. She will be missed by all of her family and friends.
#7 Lamar, MOJudy Gastel 2010-05-12 06:57
What a wonderful lady she was, always smiling, always happy, always gracious and a shining example for us all to follow. This whole community will miss her greatly. I am so sad to hear of her passing.
#6 Republic, MOAshley Schnell 2010-05-11 10:40
I only knew Zetta for a short while, but I loved her sweet spirit. God bless her family...
#5 Lamar, MOCathy & Jerry Worley 2010-05-11 09:54
We hold close the memories of our trip to Kentucky together. She was a woman who definitely "walked the walk." She was an inspiration.
#4 LamarMargaret Marti 2010-05-11 06:37
What a wonderful woman Zetta. She help Teach us and mold us.We will all miss her.

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