Zelma Mae Maxfield Herndon
February 28, 1930  -  September 5, 2018

Zelma Mae Maxfield Herndon

Celebration of Life
Trinity Baptist Church
607 Loop 230 W
Smithville, TX  78957
Sunday, September 9, 2018
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Trinity Baptist Church
607 Loop 230 W
Smithville, TX  78957

Zelma Mae Maxfield Herndon, affectionately known by “Momma, Sis, and Granny” formerly of Dumas, TX, passed away on September 5, 2018 in Smithville Texas. Zelma was born to A.H. and Nellie (Cummins) Maxfield on February 28, 1930 in Hollis, Oklahoma. She attended Hollis Elementary and Bivins Schools and graduated from Dumas High School in 1948.

On August 10, 1947, she married Gary L. Herndon. Zelma was a homemaker for many years as well as Boy Scout leader, Sunday School Teacher, and well known for her hospitality and pecan pies. She worked as a Deputy County Clerk at Moore County and Bastrop County prior to retirement. Zelma was always active in her church and communities. She was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Dumas and a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church in Smithville.

Zelma was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Artiss Joy Heffley. Survivors are her loving husband Gary L. Herndon, her five children: Ted (Sandra) Herndon, Lynnette (Robert) Fortenberry, Jim Herndon, Len (Carma) Herndon, and Joyce (Richard) Bowden, her brother, Archie Maxfield, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren with 2 more on the way, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Trinity Baptist Church in Smithville, Texas. Mrs. Herndon will be laid to rest in Clarendon, Tx. Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 607 Loop 230 West, Smithville, Texas 78957 in memory of Zelma Herndon.


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  1. Alice hall
    Goodwell, OK

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I know she will be missed. She had such a deep passion for her Lord and Savior. No more pain and suffering for she is rejoicing with the Lord.

  2. Kim white
    Hartselle, AL

    Net and Family,
    Remembering your wonderful mother and wishing you comfort . Thinking of you all as you celebrate Mrs. Herndon's remarkable life. Holding you close in my thoughts and hoping you are doing okay. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all.

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