Zelma Vera Washam was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Fifty Six, Ark., the daughter of the late Eddie Balentine and Mittie Bell Lancaster Balentine. She died May 10, 2008, in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 83.
She was united in marriage Feb. 22, 1942, in Fifty-Six, Ark., to Arthur Washam, who preceded her in death Sept. 13, 1986.
She was a dedicated homemaker, enjoyed gardening, and quilting.
Zelma was a Christian, being saved and baptized at an early age and faithfully attended church.
She is survived by: three sons, Levern Washam and wife, Gayle of Benton, Ark., Eugene Washam and wife, Judy of Mammoth Spring, Ark., and Dale Washam and wife, Ann of Mammoth Spring; five grandchildren, Laurie Mikasa, Vincent Washam and wife, Linda, Jody Washam, Kyle Washam and Bradley Washam and wife, Jolie; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, E.C. Balentine, of Carmi, Ill., Roy Balentine of Timbo, Ark., and Lewis Balentine of Oakland, Ark.; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friend.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Eddie and Mittie Balentine; and her husband, Art Washam.
Funeral services were held May 14 in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Rev. Jimmy Lemmonds officiating. Burial followed in the Riverside Cemetery at Mammoth Spring with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.