Zora Sailors - November 13, 2013
Zora Izona (Price) Sailors, widow of Merle L., was called to rest in the arms of her Lord on Nov. 13, 2013, in Chandler, Ariz., at the age of 102 years, and 119 days.
She was a life-long resident of the Palisade, Neb., community before moving to El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Neb., in July, 2008 and to Chandler, Ariz., in June, 2013.
Zora and her twin sister, Zella, were born July 18, 1911, the first children of Martin and Bertha (Ruettimann) Price in their country home, six miles northeast of Palisade, Neb. Zora attended country grade school at Plainview School, District 51, in Hayes County, before entering Palisade High School and graduating in 1931. She then began a teaching career in southwest Nebraska that spanned 35 years. While she was teaching she continued her education, taking classes at McCook College and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. After her teaching career she said “I am a retired teacher, but haven’t retired from life.”
On June 1, 1938, she married Merle Lester Sailors in a double-wedding ceremony with her twin sister and Rudolph C. Kerchal in their parent’s home. To this union a daughter and son were born.
Merle and Zora farmed 10 miles northeast of Palisade until they retired and moved to Palisade in 1984, where they continued to take an active role in the community.
Zora was of pioneer stock and a vital contributor to her community. She was a good neighbor to those who lived around her, doing the little, kindly things that went unnoticed. She drove several ladies who could no longer drive to doctors’ appointments and grocery shopping. She made frequent calls on shut-ins, visited those confined in rest homes, remembered friends with cards and special days, and was on committees in various organizations, being a working member not “in name only.” For these acts of kindness she was declared “First Lady of Palisade” in 1995.
Zora was a long-time member of and often served as an officer of Order of the Eastern Star of Palisade #318 and McCook #86; charter member of Daughter of the Nile of Hastings; Bahia Nilette of McCook; Jolly Jane Club and IOU Club (both federated Extension Clubs); director of South Platte United Chamber of Commerce; Community Service Club; Palisade Rebekah Lodge #254, past president of Hayes County Teachers’ Association; several offices in District #27 Rebekah Lodge; Shrine Auxiliary of McCook; 4-H Leader in Hayes County; Nebraska Twins Association; and judge of “Voice of Democracy” speeches.
She was appointed Admiral of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska by Governor Orr in 1988.
Zora always liked a little excitement in her life so at the age of 92 she had her first motorcycle ride and also rode in an 18-wheeler. In her early 60s she tried water skiing.
Survivors include daughter, Selma; son, Garen (Jan); grandchildren: Christine, Shannon (Todd), Stephanie, Scott, Troy, and Jessica; and 11 great grandchildren: Taylor, Jaime, Hanna, Tanner, Skylar, Justin, Alexis, Ryan, Tatum, Logan, Riley; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Merle; son-in-law, Lynn; and sisters, Zella, Esther and Deliphene.
Any memorial remembrances received will be given to the charity of the family’s choice.
The Celebration of Life for Zora will be held at the United Methodist Church in Palisade, Neb., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.