Zella “Wolf” Carroll

“Remembering Wolf”

Service Information: Funeral service will be held at 11AM Saturday, December 8, at Greater New Life Missionary Baptist Church, 925 N 18th St, Waco, TX 76707. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8PM Friday, December 7, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, Waco, TX 76708

“Remembering Wolf”

Zella Mae Simmons Carroll was born November 9, 1936 to Y.T. and Margie Simmons in Clarksville, Texas. She attended school in the Red River School District and later attended South Plain College and McLennan Community College where she obtained her LVN license. This God Fearing lady accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age and soon after became a member of the Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church.

In 1953, she married Joseph Hubert McDonald, Jr. and to that union three children were born, Betty Jean Bailey, Joseph Hubert McDonald III, and Janice (Willie) Clayburn. Zella was a hard and dedicated employee who worked at several hospitals and nursing homes over the years as an LVN. She showed compassion, love, and kept an upbeat spirit with her zealous personality.

Zella has one surviving sister, Maxine Robinson of Lubbock. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Clytee Simmons Woodall and Martha Mae Simmons Boyd; brothers, Booker T. Washington Sr. and Arthur Lee Simmons.

Zella leaves behind to cherish her precious memories her children; grandchildren, Willie Tyrone Clayburn, Roderick Lamont Harris Sr., Reginald DeShon Harris, Nicholas Noel(Jessica) Clayburn , Ronnie Lee Harris, Jr., Kimberly Denise (Jason) Clayburn, Joseph Hubert McDonald IV, Tiffany Rae Simmons Rutonia Evans, and Chasity Quigley. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Eric Shay Tyrone Clayburn, Roderick Lamont Harris, Jr., RaShaud Smith, Amaya Michelle CLayburn, Kimora Jan’ise Harbert, Jason Wayne Harbert Jr,  Ja’ Vonte Nicholai Clayburn, Reygan Noel Clayburn, Michela Smith and Tireisha Tranae Hatter; great-great-grandchildren, Zaiden Noel Clayburn and Ariella Denise Clayburn; sister-in-law, Edna Dunmore; special friend, Francis White and a host of nieces and nephews.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:55AM, Wolf crossed into eternity to rest in the arms of her heavenly father. She transitioned peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

We thank God for the life of this BINGO Queen!


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Condolence Messages

  1. Sending heartfelt condolences to my family. I pray Wolf’s precious memories will comfort you all. I pray The Lord will wrap His loving arms around you all, and give you comfort and peace.
    May God bless you all.

  2. margaret & Larry freeman

    May the Lord our Savior give peace to this family. They so love this mother, grandmother and all the many fiends Ms Zella came in contact with.
    May God bless this family and keep them during this difficult time,

  3. My deepest condolences to the family. May God’s promise at John 5:28,29 of a future resurrection bring you comfort. Until that time comes, he assures us at Psalm 34:18 that he “is close to the brokenhearted” and “saves those who are crushed in spirit.” So he understands your pain and grief and is eager to help you by giving you the strength you need to cope during this most difficult time. (Philippians 4:13)

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