Zada Marie Carter Milholen, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 7:10 AM.Services: Pioneer Dr. Baptist Church in Irving Texas viewing January 26th 5-7PM funeral January 27th. 10 AM burial following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
Zada was born in Friona, TX, October 29,1931 to Dewey Carl and Martha Alvin Carter. Zada’s mom raised 4 daughters by herself,(Zada being the youngest), while working 2 and 3 jobs at a time. Her mom taught the girls the love of Christ and sent them to church every Sunday. She played basketball through her school years. Zada got married right after graduation from high school to Kenneth Heady and they both worked the rest of their lives. She started out as a roller skating carhop, a meat butcher and a cashier among many other jobs. She started bowling and playing 42 during her young life and carried those activities throughout her life. Zada and Ken moved to Irving in the summer of 1967 Carl’s senior year and Randy’s 1st grade year. She immediately went to work at Krogers and worked there for 18 years. Ken died while Randy was in school and she married Tony. When Zada retired from Krogers she couldn’t just stay home so she went to work at the Irving Police Dept., as a volunteer, at the main desk. She worked there for 17 years.
She was a long time member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Irving, Tx., serving the Lord while enjoying friends and family. She relived her life through the lives of her grandchildren’s eyes sharing all their adventures. She left us with memories that will help fill the void created in our hearts by her passing. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, niece, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She is preceded in death by: Parents Dewey and Martha Carter, Husbands: Kenneth Heady and Tony Milholen, one grand child and three sisters.
She is survived by sons: Carl wife Judy Heady, Randy wife Yvonne Heady, grandchildren Kevin wife Stephanie Heady, Chance wife Stephanie Heady, Michael and Courtney Heady, great-grandchildren Kameron wife Rainey Heady, Karson wife Alex Heady, Christian, Reed and Chloe Heady, Hayden and Brady Heady great- great grand children Hunter and Duke Heady.
Deacon Ernest S. Barrera, Jr., 92, of the Great State of Texas, peacefully “relocated to heaven” on January 4, 2023 in Fort Worth, Texas surrounded by his family. Ernest was born October 26, 1930 to Sally and Ernest Barrera, Sr. Ernest was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Esperanza (Hope) Figueroa Barrera. He is survived by his children Butch (Amy) Barrera, Ron (Michele) Barrera, Rick (Dora) Barrera, Yvonne (Scott) Reddoch, grandchildren Jeremy (Aja) Barrera, Gabriel (Desiree) Barrera, Jerilee Barrera, Jason (Courtney) Reddoch, Jace (Tashanna) Barrera, Ricky Barrera, Tanner Reddoch, and Colton Reddoch, great grandchildren, Kaiya & Eden Barrera, Brooke & Brynn Barrera, Kara & Raegan Barrera, MaryGrace Reddoch & Ryker Heinold, Jordan (Stephanie), Anthony, Angelee, Rose, and Avery Heredia, and great great grandchildren, Eliza & Ezryn Heredia.
Ernest was raised in the hills of Helotes, Texas and was the oldest of 9 children. They enjoyed an active and adventurous life with their parents and huge extended family. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio in 1949 where he was a Lieutenant Colonel of the ROTC. He was an excellent marksman earning many awards during his high school years, as well as using that skill to feed his family for many years. Ernest held many positions from carpentry to salesman of power tools to finally owning his own insurance agency until he retired in 1992. Dad and Mom traveled the country in their motor home and were blessed to visit every state before settling in Waelder, Texas. The life lessons and positive example he set for his family will never be forgotten. Ernest was generous with his time, always willing to help others with car problems,leaking faucets, building houses, etc. He could fix or build ANYTHING. He was skilled in all aspects of carpentry, home building, fireplaces, decks, bookcases, electricity, rock work, plumbing, and the list goes on and on. Those that he helped or gave one of his creations to still have those treasures from Ernest. He was an avid fisherman and knew the Texas Gulf Coast better than any guide. Our Dad loved TESTINGboundaries and his least favorite word was NO! 😊
To honor our Dad’s wishes, he will be cremated and a private service with his children and grandchildren will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Universal Health Resources (Universal Hospice), 1208 Country Club Lane, Fort Worth, TX, 76112.
Wanda Kay Smith, 69, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away December 27, 2022. Wanda was born June 19, 1953, in Anchorage, Alaska to Harlin and Blanche Willis. She married Roger Smith in 1976. Wanda loved Roger and her daughter Angie so much. She never wanted material things, just her family and friends around her. She was one of the most selfless people you’ll ever meet. Wanda did for others, her whole life from fostering babies they had no placements for, to inviting foreign exchange students to their home to raising her sister. She loved her family so much. She also loved her church family. She was always there for everyone and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Wanda is survived by her daughter, Angela Johnston; her two grandchildren, Max, and Breonna Johnston; sister, Mary Lou Horne and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Smith, her dad and mom, Harlin and Blanche Willis and sister, Brenda Hollon.
Wanda will live in our hearts forever.