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Zona May Evans

01/08/1931 - 06/10/2024
Service Date: 06/22/2024
Service Time: 10:00 am
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (9565 E Larkspur Dr Scottsdale, AZ 85260)
Visitation Date: 06/22/2024
Visitation Time: 9:00 am
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Interment: Paradise Memorial Gardens

Zona May Evans, 93, graduated from this life with honors on Monday, June 10, 2024, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Born and raised in Sedona, Arizona, Zona exemplified the character of the state for which she was named; bright, warm, and just a bit ornery and untamed.

Zona is survived by her family; William Evans (son), Tamara Gaisford (daughter), Tahlea Jankoski (granddaughter), Steve Gaisford (son-in-law), as well as countless adopted sons and daughters who were drawn to her infectious spirit and enthusiasm knowing the warmth of her charm was always a welcome respite.

As a young girl, Zona spent much of her time hanging around movie sets where her mom worked as a cook for the cast and crew. Her positive attitude captivated the attention of many iconic figures from the era of classic American westerns filmed in and around Sedona.

These early influences of the pre-diva Hollywood elite helped shape her graceful elegance, which later became an asset when she would meet military leaders and dignitaries in her role as an officer’s wife.

When Zona was in her early 20’s — teaching dance in Phoenix — she caught the eye of a dashing Air Force pilot who had reluctantly agreed to accompany an associate to dance lessons.

One look was all it took to change the feeling of obligation for a friend to one of serendipitous fortune. Zona’s grace, glow, and undeniable gravitational pull was palpable… and Captain William R Evans (Bob) was instantly smitten.

Through a bit of patience — and perhaps some help from his trusty jet — the Captain won the love of our small town girl. And thus began a fanciful life of travel and responsibilities, earning the reputation as the consummate hostess, homemaker, and of course, wife.

Sadly, at a young age, Zona became a widow when Bob unexpectedly passed away. Despite the profound sadness, her expansive circle of family and friends inspired her to carry on with the same spirit and positive outlook toward life.

And now, after 45 years apart, Zona is once again in the embrace of her one true love.

Zona lived her best life, one that she could not have even imagined as a little girl, and doing so brought much joy and perspective to everyone around her. We are grateful for the years she cheered us on, lifted us up, and shared her spunky, fun spirit with us.

Though she has left a void in our family, the memories remain to continue the inspiration of love, devotion, and a commitment to observe humor in the face of adversity.

The Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (9565 E. Larkspur Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260) with the visitation beginning at 9 AM and the service at 10 AM. The grave dedication will be at 12 PM at Paradise Memorial Gardens. Guests are invited to attend a luncheon after the Interment.




Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • I loved reading all about your Mom. You did a great job on her life story.

  • I met Zona only a handful of times but from what I’ve heard, your mother was a phenomenal woman. What good memories you must have. Lean on them to remind you of the joy she brought into your life.
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted
    Matthew 5:4

  • Your loss is deeply felt, and the Bell family extends our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  • Kurt Kissmann

    Bill, I did not know your Mom well, but well enough to recognize the spirit you speak of. Thank you for sharing her story. ( You are a brilliant scripter). KK

  • I love that she “graduated from this life with honors”. My mom also had to wait 40+ years to be reunited with my dad. I think the hardest part is as you go through her personal items you have questions but will have to wait for the answers.

  • When I met Zona I was impressed with her strong confidence, she was a warrior in her own right. Ready to stand for truth, and right wrongs. Kind and concerned for everyone who crossed her path. Dear Zona lives on, not only in our memories but in truth, a spirit daughter of our Heavenly Father.

  • My condolences to Bill, Tamara, Steve and Tahlea. What a wonderful family you all are. I have so appreciated my association with each of you. It is no wonder you are all so wonderful, knowing Grandma Zona. What an amazing woman, so true to what you have written. I did not know a lot of her life history, it was fun to hear. This was so well written. (No surprise there;) Her spirit must be joyous to reunite with her beloved after such a long time apart. And her spirit will continue to be with your family.

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