Funeral services for Garnett Zila, age 87, of Wayne, Nebraska will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Verdigre, Nebraska. Reverend Bev Hieb will officiate, with burial in Jelen Cemetery in rural Verdigre.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Garnett died Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.
Garnett Marie Zila, daughter of Soren and Emma (Block) Sorensen, was born June 8, 1930, on a farm near Creighton, Nebraska. She graduated from Creighton High School. On September 9, 1948, Garnett was united in marriage to Melvern Zila, at Center, Nebraska. They were blessed with six children, Donald, Robert, Thomas, Richard, William, and Connie.
Garnett was a cook at several restaurants throughout her lifetime, including Felix’s Café in Verdigre, Popo’s in Pender and Wayne, and Shantell’s in Pender. She was a wonderful mother who provided loving care to her children. Garnett loved spending time with her family. She watched Wheel of Fortune every evening while enjoying a chocolate marshmallow ripple ice cream cone.
Garnett is survived by her children, Donald Zila of Thurston, Nebraska, Thomas Zila of West Point, Nebraska, William Zila of Riverton, Iowa, and Connie White of Wayne, Nebraska; eight grandchildren, Jeff Smalley of Wayne, Nicole White of Omaha, Nebraska, Jeanette (Maurice) Norton of West Point, Patti (Mike) Owen of Omaha, Christine (Mike) Kruger of Omaha, Shannon Zila of Lincoln, Nebraska, Sherri Otten of Omaha, and Brian Zila of Wayne; eight great-grandchildren, Lacy (Bobby) Dugan, Alex (Jamie) Norton, Ellen, Libbie, and Aiden Owen, and Aidan, Megan, and Jacob Zila; and siblings, Vivian (Sorensen) Hampton of Platte, South Dakota, Marilyn (Sorensen) Christensen of Crossville, Tennessee, and Lyla (Hampton) Sorensen of Verdigre, Nebraska.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvern Zila; sons, Richard and Robert; grandson, Brent Zila; daughter-in-law, Caroline (Beckmann) Zila; parents, Soren and Emma Sorensen; and brother, Vernon Sorensen.