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In loving memory of
Zola Cavanaugh
  • August 28, 1952
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  • January 11, 2017

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Zola R. Cavanaugh, 64, of Casselberry, Florida passed away January 11, 2017 at South Seminole Hospital, Longwood, Florida. She was born in Washington, D.C. to Donald Earle and Elizabeth Fowler Russell. Zola grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Evansville, she became a registered nurse. Zola began her nursing career at a hospital in Evansville, before moving to New Orleans for a few years. She then moved to Central Florida in 1980, working as a visiting nurse. Later in her career, she inspected nursing homes and assisted living facilities for the state of Florida. Zola worked hard to ensure nursing home residents received the care, dignity, and respect they deserved. A parishioner at St. Augustine Catholic Church, in Casselberry, Florida, her faith and ministry to others would guide much of what she did in life. She also enjoyed traveling the world with her mother and her husband.

Zola is survived by her husband Patrick Michael Cavanaugh, son Charles Monroe Whitmore IV, daughter-in-law Megan Helmer Whitmore, and grandson Charles Monroe Whitmore V. Zola is also survived by her brother Thomas Arthur Russell and his wife Anne Elizabeth H. Russell of Franklin, TN, nephew Thomas Donald Russell and his wife Stacey Campbell Russell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Casselberry, Florida. Flowers can be sent to St. Augustine (375 N. Sunset Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707). Or, in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Sunshine Corgi Rescue (http://www.sunshinecorgirescue.org) or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (www.ovarian.org/donate)

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  1. Jane Gulko says:
    19 Apr 2022
    My first tribute apparently was not incorporated into this Tribute Wall.
    Zola and I grew up together as did our families. Know that (for the 1950s and 1960's)
    this was exceptional - her family practicing Christians, my family practicing Jews. We
    enjoyed Christmases together - great fun and big smiles! We shared many adventures,
    e.g. a week of Mardi Gra and many camping trips with Camp Gire Girls. Best friends.
    Sigh. I miss her very much and send my prayers.

  2. Jane Gulko says:
    19 Apr 2022
    Growing up and into adulthood, Zola and her family were part of my family, and I and my family were part of hers. This was exceptional because she and her family were practicing Christians - and my family practicing Jews. Christmases together were especially fun and memorable! We did much together - lots of adventures, e.g. Mardi Gras in New Orleans and camping trips with Camp Fire Girls! We shared a love for toy stuffed animals - the beagle she gave me sits on my bedroom cabinet. A dear playmate and treasured friend. I miss Zola very much.

  3. Annette Kelly says:
    22 Jan 2017
    I am so sorry! I will miss knowing Zola is here on earth caring for and loving Pat, and the many people in her life. Just heard today at St Mary Magdalen where Zola was prayed for at all our Masses.

  4. Dominick Fiorentino says:
    20 Jan 2017
    Pat, The photo posted on this Obit is very fitting since I will always remember Zola's smile. Rest in Christs' Peace.
    Love, Dominick and Patty

  5. Carrie Weaver says:
    20 Jan 2017
    We will miss that beautiful smile and the loving caring spirit of yours. May God welcome you home with open loving arms.

  6. Donna A. Nickel says:
    20 Jan 2017
    May Zola, an active Christian, rest in Peace.

  7. Barbara Koory says:
    18 Jan 2017
    Zola was a wonderful friend, wife, mother, sister, daughter and grandmother. She was very positive about her health and well being and "fought the good fight." John and I will extremely miss you. I was so happy that we renewed our business relationship from long ago to a friendship to include our husbands. Thanks for your love, laughter, fun, presence and, most of all, your loving care to those whom you served through your job! Pat, Tom & Charles, we're here for you! Love & Prayers to all of you, Barbara & John

  8. Stacey Campbell Russell says:
    17 Jan 2017
    Zola was a wonderful person, I will miss her very much. I always enjoyed spending time with her and Pat when Thomas and I would visit Florida and when they would come to Tennessee. She will always be part of my family.

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