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“I really wanted to time to think about this. Zella was always very kind and giving. I remember in one year of the 5 or 6 short years I knew her. That...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Art Gonzalez - Anaheim, CA

“I miss Zella but will see her again. She always was about the Lord"s Business. She was always praying and pulling for us all. Zella has blessed...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Emily Sanchez - Westminster, CA

“So blessed to have known Zella. Met her when I came to MidCities Baptist Church in 1990 and subsequently became a christian. Zella was one of...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: KAREN ROBERTSON - friend

“What a wonderful witness of God's love. I am so thankful for her friendship and inspiration. Love to all of you. Carole Bradley ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Carole Bradley - Partlow, VA

“Zella was always so kind, loving and gracious to me and my family. Whenever we would go to her house to celebrate an occasion, she was always very...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Pat Cossey - Fullerton, CA

“Zella was an amazing human being and so much fun to be around. Her family became our family when we moved to California in 1970. Games, games, games...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Brenda Schowalter - Newport Beach, CA

“I met Zella when I came to Mid-Cities Baptist Church in 1973. I was a new believer, new at Church life and a young mother that she welcomed in and...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Marni Gendron - Friday Harbor, WA

“How do you wrap of a lifetime of experiences with someone you've known for almost 50 years? Zella was one of the strongest and most encouraging women...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Tom Shirey - Costa Mesa, CA

Our Family in Mom and Dad's backyard
9 of 17 | Posted by: Patti Patterson - Westminster, CA

“I am thankful we were friends and we will see each other again one day in heaven! ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Bayouth - Cypress, CA

“I am so glad that I got to know this lovely Christian woman of God. I enjoyed singing in the choir with her. I will miss you but will see you again....Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Colleen Barr - Westminster, CA

“Most of my interactions with Mrs. Small were as a child. She was always loving and kind and gave us plenty of attention. My prayers are God's peace...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Tamera (Tate) Williams - Seattle, WA

“My beloved Aunt Zella was one of the finest people you could ever meet.She was forever smart, funny, earnest, faithful, and loving. Rest in peace, my...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Bobby Yates - Ridgeway, SC

“What my mom means to me:No matter what time of day it was I could call my mom. She would never tell me it was a bad time. I could call at 5 am or 12...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Julie Lyle - Huntington Beach, CA

“I have so many memories....my mom gave me the love of hand crafts. Mom loved to sew. She made Patti's and my first two piece bathing suits. Notice I...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Cindy Mailes - Highlands Ranch, CO

“Just remembering mom as such a loving wife to Dad, Mother and Grandma & Great Grandma to us all. Remembering how she would try to never miss us kids...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Billy Small - Irvine, CA - Son

“So many memories of my mom. As a child the memory of you making pumpkin faces on apples. As an older child, playing cards with you and all the many...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Patti Patterson - Westminster, CA


Zella Langley Small, 87, born on April 1, 1931, in Lake City, South Carolina, passed away August 4, 2018. She resided in Huntington Beach, California at the time of her passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Cypress, California.

Born in Lake City, South Carolina on April 1, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Harry DuBose and Mae Belle Morris Langley.

She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Howard Small, Jr.; daughter and son-in-law Patti and Malcom Patterson, daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Mike Mailes, son and daughter-in-law Bill and Jodi Small, daughter and son-in-law Julie and Jim Lyle; grandchildren Matt (Giang) Patterson, Malcom Patterson, Autumn Mailes, Arianne (Michael) Fiebig, Andy Mailes, Brittanie (David) Cutkosky, Will (Bailey) Small, Mallorie Small, Natalie Small, Jordan Lyle, and Justin (Pamela) Lyle; and great-grandchildren Cindy Fiebig, Zeke Fiebig, Zella Fiebig, Declan Cutkosky and Keenan Cutkosky.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Mary Ellen "Tootsie" (Charles "Beau") Yates and brother James Asbury "Jimmy" (Ruth Ann- living) Langley.

After graduating from Lake City High School, she moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended Business College. She met Bill on April 20, 1950 and they married on June 8, 1954. Bill and Zella moved to California in 1956. Zella had a strong faith in God and served as the 2nd grade Sunday School teacher at MidCities Baptist Church, teaching many generations of children to love and honor God. She loved all types of sports and was an avid LA Dodger fan. She enjoyed cruising, cooking, cross stitching and spending time with family.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Forest Lawn - Cypress - Hope Chapel, 4471 Lincoln Avenue Cypress, CA 90630

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM at MidCities Baptist Church in Westminster. Interment will follow at 4:00 PM at Forest Lawn in Cypress.