Apr 27, 1924 - Feb 26, 2012
Passed away Feb 26, 2012 in Carmichael. She was 87. Zoe was preceded in death by her grandparents Wilber and Cynthia Smith who both helped settle Sacramento in the mid 1800’s and her father Darwin Smith an advertiser and one-time city editor of the Sacramento Bee. Zoe’s mother Jaque Smith was an accomplished writer in her own right and reported stories for both the Union and the Bee. Zoe was born April 27, 1924 and grew up in Sacramento and Carmichael. She attended San Juan High and Heald College. It was the war, a party, a piano and a guitar that brought Zoe and her future husband Woody Kellison together. Sharing a love of making music, it was not long before the two were married in April 1943. The family moved to Sacramento where they had two daughters and lived until Woody’s death in 1963. In 1966 Zoe was happy to find and marry Hon. William Morgan and they spent 40 exciting years together. Filled with compassion and interest in others, Zoe made friends easily.
She was an early volunteer in the Sacramento Fair Housing Committee, a faithful League of Women Voters member and most notably a founding member of the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home Guild. She was involved in organizations too numerous to mention. Zoe and her sister Sally Weinland were both honored by the Sacramento Soroptomists Club as Volunteers of the Year. Zoe’s curiosity and concern for all people was demonstrated by her membership in St Marks Methodist Church as well as the National Council of Jewish Women both known for their social action programs. Later in life Zoe began to mentor young people, school children, new immigrants and people she met along the way. She was smart and funny and people said her presence made life easier for everyone around her.
Zoe was an avid reader of biographies, newspapers and murder mysteries. She loved words and was unbeaten at Scrabble. Zoe is survived by daughters Carol Hancock and Bonnie Morgan (Jim Casper). Her sister Sally Weinland also survives her as do her grandchildren Brett, Craig and Christopher Hancock, Javier Saragosa and Marlon Morgan as well as fond nieces, nephews and cousins.
Much love to Kim and Tyrone Gillespie, Nessie Laui and Letio Jackson for their support. We also give many thanks to the caring staff at Sunrise Senior Living of Carmichael.
At Zoe’s request services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home would be an appreciated way to celebrate her.