Zola V. Magin

Written by Muleskinner Staff

Zola V. Magin died Saturday, March 7, in Melbourne, Florida.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg, Missouri, with Pastor Jim Tomlonson and Pastor Ethmer Erisman officiating.
She was born in Holden, Missouri, on Feb. 16, 1923. She graduated from Warrensburg High School in May of 1940. Zola married Albert L. “Slim” Magin on Nov. 10, 1945.
After graduating from high school, Zola began working for Unitog, a garment manufacturing company in Warrensburg, from where she retired after 54 years. Her husband, Slim, worked there with her until his death in 1973.
She was an active member of the Warrensburg Church of the Brethren since the 1940s until she moved to Florida in 2010. She was a VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary member for just as long. After retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at the Warrensburg Senior Center.
Zola was a travel enthusiast from an early time. Every year on summer vacation from Unitog, and on holiday weekends, she, Slim and family would take long road trips to locations all over the USA. She saw nearly every state in the Union, including Hawaii and Alaska. After retiring, Zola went to Europe to visit family there. She loved to go with friends to Branson, and took many OATS bus trips to different interesting areas. She was always ready to go anywhere at a moment’s notice.
Zola’s hands were never idle. She was constantly working on a new and lovely counted-cross-stitch needlework piece or doing puzzles. When her eyesight for fine work began to fail, she continued to do the puzzles up to the day she passed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Slim, and daughter, Janice Lee Wood. Surviving her are, granddaughter, Penny Magin and husband, Jeff, of Palm Bay, Florida, who was raised from birth as her daughter; beloved friend Donna Evans, of Warrensburg; granddaughter Melinda Peers, of Live Oak, Florida; grandson John R. (Randy) Wood, of Warrensburg; son-in-law John A. Wood, of Warrensburg; great-grandson Joshua Peers, of Easton, Maine; sister-in-law Ruth Magin, of Vero Beach, Florida; and many nieces and nephews in Washington and Maryland.
Zola lived in Warrensburg all but the last four and a half years. She moved to Palm Bay, Florida, to be with family. Penny and Jeff made sure she was well cared for and happy, but her heart was always in Warrensburg. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her.