Funeral services for Zelma Richardson Hunt, 96, formerly of Killeen, will be at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Killeen with Dr. Randall Wallace officiating. Interment will follow at Killeen Memorial Park.
Mrs. Hunt died Feb. 6, 2013, in Plano. She was born March 3, 1916, in Stanton to a Southern Baptist preacher, Mack F. Richardson and Eva (Jobe) Richardson. She married Cagle O. Hunt in 1937.
She graduated at 16 as valedictorian from Eliasville High School. She entered Hardin-Simmons University, graduating in 1936, with a double major in math and English. She was the 1936 winner of the prestigious Olsen Medal, awarded annually to the highest-ranking graduating senior. While teaching and being a mother to her four children, she continued her education, receiving her master’s in education at HSU in 1955. She taught in Texas public schools for 38 years and retired from Killeen Independent School District in 1976.
Mrs. Hunt loved learning, teaching and helping others. She supported her children in all of their varied endeavors. She taught Sunday school classes at First Baptist Church in Killeen well into her 90s. She loved playing bridge and 42, and sports ... and winning! Later in life, she enjoyed creating quilts for her family and friends. She served as worthy matron of Eastern Star (OES), and two terms as president of the Wednesday Review Club (from age 82-86). She gave generously to many worthy causes as well as faithfully supporting Baptist churches.
She was well loved by family and friends. She considered happiness to be a choice and she chose to be happy and always saw the good in everyone and everything. She was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who gave her great joy.
Mrs. Hunt was preceded in death by her husband, Cagle O. Hunt; one son, Alan; her two brothers, Oran and Mark Richardson; and a sister, Wilma Crowell. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Survivors include three children, Holly Hunt of Chicago, Ill., Preston Hunt and his wife, Barbara, of Carrollton, and Madelon Eichhorn and her husband, Nick, of Broomfield, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Jessee Hunt, David Hunt, Hunt Tackbary, Jett Tackbary, Trent Tackbary, Marrisa Zufall, Kailen Stover, Meredyth Hunt and Adam Hunt; 11 great-grandchildren; and Shirley Marshall and Jean Marie DeSalle, dear friends whom Zelma considered her “Texas Daughters.”
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Killeen or to Smile Train at www.smiletrain.org or (800) 932-9541.
Visitation is at 9:45 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Killeen. Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen is in charge of arrangements.