Zola P Turpin

30 Jun 1921 - 3 Sep 2010


Zola P Turpin

30 Jun 1921 - 3 Sep 2010
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Zola P Turpin


Riverside Thomas Cemetery

939-949 State Highway 39
Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho
United States


June 5, 2012


June 3, 2012

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Island Park

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Grandma (Zola) loved to spend time at the family cabin in Island park, Idaho. Some of my fondest Island Park memories involve her ever-loving, funny, and stubborn self. It was she who first showed me the beauty of Bill's Island. We would go for walks around the Island, and she would point out the wild flowers. She thought they were so beautiful. As children, we liked to pick some for her because we knew she loved them so much. Whenever my cousins and I would pick some for her, she would proudly display them in a small vase in the window of the kitchen. She also instilled in me a love for swinging. I remember one day while I was swinging, she came out side and proceeded to sit down next to me and swing. She must have been in her early eighties then. Despite her age, there she was, swinging next to me. She told me that day that she had always loved swinging. As much as Grandma loved being at the cabin, she was so afraid that one of her loved ones would be hurt in the lake. Grandma didn't swim well, at all. Perhaps that was where part of her fear came from. Either way, she was adamant that we were all to be careful around the lake. During the winter, we were forbidden to ride snowmobiles across the lake (like some of our neighbors did). During the summer, everyone was to wear a life jacket while they were out on the dock. The grandchildren who thought they were old enough to be down there without one were sure to get a talking to from Grandma. She never was afraid to give someone a piece of her mind. When she wasn't sitting near the dock, making sure all the kids were okay, grandma loved to be in the kitchen. Making ginger snaps with her grand-kids was something she really enjoyed, and the kids enjoyed it too, because grandma was amazing at making goodies. If she wasn't baking, she was cleaning. Countless times we (her children and grandchildren) would try to kick her out of the kitchen and let us do the cleaning... it wasn't a fight we won very often. She was sooo stubborn and had a really hard time if others were cleaning and she wasn't helping them. She was very neat, and liked a tidy house--so much so that one time, while we were doing the dishes, I caught her using her finger to push tidbits of food down the garbage disposal...while it was running! When I told her that wasn't safe, she just smiled at me while shrugging her shoulders and raising her eyebrows. That was an action she did a lot when she was doing things she thought was slightly rebellious... like when she'd snitch something out of a bowl with her fingers before setting it on the dinner table. Grandma didn't just watch her grand-babies and clean while she was at the cabin, she also let her adventurous side come out. When my dad got a new snowmobile, she would be the first to sit on it to try it out. And when my dad got a go-kart, she and Grandpa had to take it for a spin, and see how fast they could get it to go...even though they were both in their eighties at the time. All, in all, Grandma loved being in Island Park...but mostly she loved it when her family was there with her too.

The Love of Her Life

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

It's hard to express, in words, how very much Grandma (Zola) loved Grandpa (Melvin LaVar). I cannot remember a time where I saw my grandma try to express her love to Grandpa in a large, grandiose, way. But there were hundreds of little ways. She once told me that "sometimes (she) didn't wear gloves when it was cold outside because it gave (her) an excuse to hold Grandpa's hand." She also told me once that "because they were old, it was too hard for them to cuddle in bed every night, so instead, she would tell Grandpa to "give her his back," and then they would fall asleep, backs touching. She told me "(she) liked to kiss Grandpa right after he shaved because then his scruff didn't scratch her face." And during one phone call, she told me that one of the reasons she and Grandpa were so happy was because "they had just put-up with each other for so long."


Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Grandma (Zola) was a wonderful example of quietly giving meaningful service and sacrifices. One time, while we were talking on the phone, I asked her what made my Grandpa (LaVar) decide to retire. She told me that the most influencing factor behind their decision was that one of their sons had started a plumbing business (like LaVar had always done), in the same community that their company was working in. She told me that there wasn't enough business in the small community that they lived in to support both their and their son's businesses, so they decided to close theirs. When she told me that story, she was pretty adamant that I wasn't allowed to tell anyone about their quietly made sacrifice... she didn't want anyone to praise her or Grandpa for their choice. Another example of her service, I learned of only after she passed away. Grandma worked, for a while, as a mail-woman for the United States Post Office. She delivered mail on the same route for years. I knew all of this, Grandma would sometimes talk about how she would use one foot on the gas and one on the break while driving around delivering mail. What she never told me though, was that during the winter, when it was very snowy--snowy to the point that it would be hard for people to get to their mail boxes--She would walk through all that snow and hand-deliver the mail to the door. I don't know if she did this for everyone, but she did so for years for at least one grateful attendee of her funeral.


Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

One of my favorite stories of my grandma ( Zola) was when we would make lemonade together. My dad Kevin j Turpin decided to build a cabin right next to grandma and grandpas cabin and because my grandma is so sweet she would always insist to make my dad some of her wonderful lemonade. It was nothing like anyone else's that I had ever tasted! And everyone would agree that grandma ( zola's) lemonade was the best! They would ask her how it was done and she would just simply say "I make it with love!" Haha but what most people didn't know was grandma ( Zola) would just put in 2 more cups of sugar to make things nice and sweet. I will never forget how she told me that it would be our little secret and that I was special to her. She always knew how to make someone feel loved and special.

Life timeline of Zola P Turpin

Zola P Turpin was born on 30 Jun 1921
Zola P Turpin was 18 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Zola P Turpin was 20 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. Nazi Germany is the common English name for Germany between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party (NSDAP) controlled the country through a dictatorship. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state that controlled nearly all aspects of life via the Gleichschaltung legal process. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich from 1943 to 1945. Nazi Germany is also known as the Third Reich, from German Drittes Reich, meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", the first two being the Holy Roman Empire and the German Empire. The Nazi regime ended after the Allied Powers defeated Germany in May 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
Zola P Turpin was 32 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Zola P Turpin was 43 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Zola P Turpin was 52 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
Zola P Turpin was 68 years old when The tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 10.8 million US gallons (260,000 bbl; 41,000 m3) of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the most devastating man-made maritime environmental disasters. A tanker is a ship designed to transport or store liquids or gases in bulk. Major types of tankship include the oil tanker, the chemical tanker, and gas carrier. Tankers also carry commodities such as vegetable oils, molasses and wine. In the United States Navy and Military Sealift Command, a tanker used to refuel other ships is called an oiler but many other navies use the terms tanker and replenishment tanker.
Zola P Turpin was 69 years old when Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Zola P Turpin was 82 years old when Invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries (the UK, Australia and Poland) begin military operations in Iraq. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was the first stage of the Iraq War. The invasion phase began on 20 March 2003 and lasted just over one month, including 21 days of major combat operations, in which a combined force of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq. This early stage of the war formally ended on 1 May 2003 when U.S. President George W. Bush declared the "end of major combat operations", after which the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) was established as the first of several successive transitional governments leading up to the first Iraqi parliamentary election in January 2005. U.S. military forces later remained in Iraq until the withdrawal in 2011.
Zola P Turpin died on 3 Sep 2010 at the age of 89
Grave record for Zola P Turpin (30 Jun 1921 - 3 Sep 2010), BillionGraves Record 1341972 Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States