Zondra Evonne (Woods) Hairston
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Zondra Evonne (Woods) Hairston
Zondra Evonne (Woods) Hairston, age 53, affectionately known by her loving husband as "Z-Lady" was a loving wife, mother, daughter and friend who departed this life to be with God on Saturday April 6, 2019, in her home in Royse City, TX, where her beloved husband, and fantastic son took care of her until her last day. Zondra Evonne Woods was born on Wednesday, December 8, 1965, in Ripley, TN, to John W. Woods and Glodine (Beard) Albright. Zondra lived in Tennessee until 1967, when she moved with her family to El Paso, TX. Zondra lived her life in El Paso with her family until 1983. In 1983, Zondra returned to Ripley, TN, where she completed her senior year of high school at Ripley High School and graduated May 23, 1985. After high school, in August Zondra enlisted in the United States Army to serve as her father had done before her. Unfortunately, in March of 1986, Zondra had to leave the service for personal reasons, but stayed with the United States Army Reserves until 1994. After leaving the Army, Zondra returned to El Paso, TX, where she rejoined her family, went to school and started her working career. In 1989, Zondra was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). On an early morning of Sunday, January 5, 1992, Zondra arrived at church (Christ Cathedral) where she saw a green 1991 Geo Storm GSI in the parking lot. Joking around to her friend Melissa, Zondra leaned on the car and said, "Whoever is driving this car, I am going to marry." Upon entering the church, Zondra met a young man, Kevin L. Hairston, through a friend of her friend at the water fountain as he was getting water. Little did she know that the car did indeed belong to Kevin, who would turn out to be the love of her life. Later that day, after evening church, Kevin was preparing to leave when he noticed Zondra standing outside alone waiting for her ride home. Kevin offered her a ride home, so she did not have to wait, and Zondra accepted. As Kevin walked her to his car, Zondra's eyes grew big with amazement as she had just found out that the car she spoke of with her friend was indeed Kevin's. On Saturday, June 5, 1993, Zondra married Kevin, the love of her life, and proudly became Mrs. Zondra Evonne Hairston, or "Z-Lady" as her husband calls her. Zondra gave birth to her wonderful, magnificent son, Kevin L. Hairston II, on Thursday, March 23, 1995. Zondra proudly worked with Levi Strauss in El Paso from 1992 until the company moved overseas in 1996. In 1997, Zondra found a job with the company named Helen of Troy, but due to unfortunate differences, Zondra separated from the company in 1999. During this whole time, Zondra also attended classes at El Paso Community College part time at night, where she earned an Associate's degree in Human Resources. In 1999, Zondra had her first major blow dealt to her by MS. After her first stay in the hospital, Zondra tried to return to work and school, but was unable to return due to complications. Zondra courageously fought with MS until GOD called her home in April 2019, but through it ALL, Zondra always had a smile. Zondra is survived by her husband: Kevin L. Hairston; son: Kevin L. Hairston II; mother: Glodine Albright; brother: Clyde H. Albright II; father-in-law: Curtis M. Hairston Sr.; sister-in-law: Tina L. Hairston, brothers-in-law: Curtis M. Hairston Jr. & Eric E. Hairston; and all her many loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father: John William Woods; stepfather: Clyde H. Albright; mother-in-law: Anita L. Hairston; sister: Sonya Delores; grandmother: Willette Beard; grandfather: Marshall Beard; aunts: Delores Simm and Barbara Jacocks; and uncle: Burke Beard. A celebration of Zondra's life will be held 4:00pm Friday, April 19, 2019, at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Royse City Location.
Published on April 12, 2019