Zelma Lee (Short) Berry was born February 28th, 1941 at Texanna, OK, she passed away January 7th, 2019 at her home in Porum, OK. She was raised at Texanna until the family moved to Possum Holler, after several years they moved back to Gap Prairie. Zelma attended school at Lindsey Chapel, Gap Prairie School, and Texanna School where she finished her education. Zelma always worked hard, she first began working at Stark’s Brothers Nursery with her brothers Kelly, John, and Hobo. She then went on to be a home health care provider for several families in Porum and later, she was a waitress at Hilltop. Zelma retired from Coburn Optical, where she worked with her brother Kelly Short and her sister Louise Buckmaster. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1993, and she battled the disease for over 25 years. Zelma had a colorful sense of humor and an immense love for her family, and chocolate. She will be remembered by her family as strong, loving, stubborn, and ornery. Zelma was cared for by many nurses and aides throughout her illness, but nobody cared for her more than her daughter Deborah Berry.
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Zelma is survived by her sister, Louise Buckmaster of Muskogee, OK, son Mitchell Girty of Porum, OK, son Bobby Landon Berry Jr. And wife Twila of Haskell, OK, daughter Deborah Berry of Porum, OK, and daughter Julia Jones and husband Steve of Porum, OK. Grandchildren Micheal Wiggins, Mandy Gutierrez, Brandi Blackwood, Misty Girty, JR Girty, Todd Lake, Nolan Lake, Bridgett Lozier, Melissa Wiggins, Dawn Boston, Cody Pongerayter, Harley Girty, Autumn Lawless, Bradon Berry, Lucas Lawless, and Briley Berry. Zelma is survived by 23 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Zelma is preceded in death by her parents Jess and Marie (French) Short, brothers Kelly Short, Will Short, John Short, and Calvin Hobo Short, daughter Tammy Girty Smith, daughter in-law Brenda Girty, husbands George Girty and Bobby Landon Berry Sr, great-granddaughter Camryn Lozier, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are being conducted by Lescher Millsap Funeral Home. Viewing will be at the Mallory-Martin Porum Chapel in Porum, OK on Wednesday, January 9th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Family viewing will also be Wednesday, January 9th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be on Thursday, January 10th, at 1 p.m. at the Porum Assembly of God Church, interment will be at Cramp Cemetery following the funeral service. Pallbearers are Micheal Wiggins, JR Girty, Cody Pongerayter, Harley Girty. Bradon Berry, Aidan Armstrong, Lucas Lawless, and Briley Berry. Honorary Pallbearers include Greg Smith, Maverick Padgett, Stephen Padgett, Anthony Padgett, Ethan Girty, Gianna Armstrong, Taryn Armstrong, Savannah Wiggins, Sierra Wiggins, and Ben Gutierrez.