A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2011, at South Park Cemetery, for Zona Hardy who passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in Albuquerque. Zona was born March 11, 1921, in Hillsboro, Texas, to M.H. and Jessie Eula Bowers Mayberry. Both parents preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her first husband Fines E. Kiper, on May 20, 1968. Zona then married Marvin Hardy, who preceded her death in 2007.
Also preceding her in death are her two brothers, Homer Mayberry and Dean Mayberry; and two sisters, Ruth Adams and Ruby Bratcher. Zona is survived by her son Danny Kiper and wife Kaye, of Artesia; daughter Barbara Buchanan and husband Joe, of Ruidoso; brother Paul â€œRedâ€ Mayberry and wife Doris, of T or C; grandchildren, Twylla, Michael, Rebecca, Eddie, Kandie, Jason and Chris; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was a homemaker, worked at C.R. Anthonyâ€™s and was a manager at the S.H. Green Stamp store for many years. Zona moved to Roswell from Hagerman in 1951. She was of the Christian faith and a member of the Church of Christ.
Zona really enjoyed cooking for her family and loved to read. Pallbearers will be Michael Buchanan, Paul Wetzel, Clinton Wetzel, Stan Dykes, Brent Dykes and Michael Bellon. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Kiper, Jason Kuykendall and Justin and Jody Dalrymple.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Zonaâ€™s memory to New Mexico Christian Childrenâ€™s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome. com