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Zetta Tannahill

June 10, 1921 — September 29, 2017

Zetta L. Tannahill, 96, died peacefully Friday afternoon, September 29, 2017, at Oak Point Assisted Living of Kearney, MO.

Zetta Louise (Perdue) Tannahill was born June 10, 1921 in Sedan, KS, the daughter of Everett James Perdue and Lottie Pearl (Weaver) Perdue. Zetta graduated from Caney High School. Married Clarence Albert Tannahill on June 14, 1941 in Caney, KS (deceased June 25, 2008). They moved to Great Bend, KS in 1945 after Clarence returned from serving in World War II. There she worked several years as bookkeeper for JC Penny's and Amerine Electric. They lived in Liberal, KS from 1968 until Clarence retired in 1981 and moved to Independence, KS. In 2005, they moved to the Kansas City area to be closer to their daughter.

Zetta and Clarence did everything together. They were avid campers and loved to fish. They enjoyed playing cards and board games with family and friends. Her favorite was a marble game that she usually won! She liked to win, but occasionally would try to help the other person win. You could see the mischief in her eyes when she pulled it off! Clarence made the board! She was a great cook and baked a fantastic pecan pie. That too was a team effort, because they would go out around the lake, find the pecans, and then shell them. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She leaves many beautiful hand-stitched quilts that she made -- some of which were pieced together by her mother.

She watched all the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs games. She knew the Royals by name and where they batted in the lineup. Who was hot and who wasn't. David DeJesus was her first favorite player, because he was talented and a good looking guy! Hoz, Moose and Salvy were her latest favorites.

Zetta was preceded in death by brother, Glen Perdue, sisters, Helen Dixon, and Anna Mae Kincaid and their spouses, and grandson, Stephen Mayhew. She is survived by daughter Claretta Mae Mayhew and husband Roger of Liberty, MO; C. Allan Tannahill and wife Brenda of Normal, IL; three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 17, at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, KS with Reverend John Wilson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Independence, officiating.

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Arrangements by Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory


Graveside Services

Sunnyside Cemetery
Caney, KS
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
10:00 am


Sunnyside Cemetery
Caney, KS
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