Zola Mae McClard Morphew, 86, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away Feb. 17, 2021.
She was born June 2, 1934, in Union Parish, La., to Louie and Bessie Taylor. She was a member of Oaklawn Methodist Church in Hot Springs.
She grew up caring for her younger brothers and sister. This caring, motherly trait became her joy and way of life.
She and her first husband, Charles McClard, raised eight children. She devoted herself to the everyday tasks of a large family and showing unconditional love for each of her children. Their home was occasionally overflowing with an extra child from family or friends here or there through the years, but always full of love and laughter. You could often find her in the kitchen; cooking, baking or canning the vegetables from the always present large home garden. Other times she was behind the sewing machine making her girls matching outfits. As Charlie's arthritis got worse, she would accompany him to job sites and became quite the expert at hanging wall paper. She even learned to change a flat on their car. She was a hardworking, determined and occasionally tenacious (when it was needed) lady.
Later, as her family grew with grandchildren and, eventually, great-grandchildren, her natural nurturing and caring extended and amplified through each generation. Each new baby found its own place in her heart forever. The brightest smiles were always present when she could visit with any of them.
She was lucky enough to find another soulmate later in life in Charles Morphew. He loved and cherished all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as his own. Zola and Charlie took to the road to camp and visit out-of-state family. When they were home, they enjoyed their church and family.
Her happiest times were cooking and baking for family gatherings, making crafts, or fishing and hunting with her grandchildren. Her famous chicken and dumplings or banana bread were a staple at her house. She would almost always send you home with some too (usually in an old Cool Whip bowl). She loved long drives to see the countryside, especially when the leaves changed colors in the fall or trees and flowers started to bloom in the spring. She enjoyed life. Even when her body was crippled and weak, she gave it her all.
Zola was preceded in death by her parents; son, Terry Lynn McClard; first husband, Charles T. McClard; second husband, Charles R. Morphew; brothers, Billy Wayne Taylor, Jake Taylor, Jimmy Taylor and Preston Taylor.
Survivors include sons, Buddy McClard (Mary), Louie McClard (Trish), Fred McClard (Cheryl), Gary McClard (Roz Speers); daughters, Charlene Rowell (Billy), Tresa Reed (Doug), Barbara Ward; brother, Clyde Taylor; sister, Linda Sue Hightower (Bob); 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.
A celebration of Zola's life will be 2 p.m. Friday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Brother Dale Hamilton officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Cory Rouse, Chad Reed, Michael McClard, Thomas McClard, Zachary McClard, Terry McClard, Nathan McClard, Nick McClard, FC1 Kyle Ward and Cody Grizzle.
Honorary pallbearers are Jonathan Reed, Brian Reed, Master Sgt. Joshua Simonette, Charlie McClard, Cameron French, Kenneth Rouse, Billy Rowell, Douglas Reed, CHI 70 West Clinic and staff, Dr. Kyle Roper, Mindy Farmer, APN, Amy Bennett, APN, Belvedere Nursing Home and staff, and Dillon Louton, nurse practitioner.
The family will be at 228 Joel Road following services.
Online condolences at http://www.caruth-hale.com.