Zola Humphrey

August 11, 1920February 17, 2013

Zola Irene (Brooks) Humphrey passed from this life on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the age 92.

She was born August 11, 1920 in Dustin, Oklahoma to Paul and Ola (Stephens) Brooks.

She moved to Oklahoma City in 1959 where she made her home until her death.

Zola was a bookkeeper for the Oklahoma Tax Commission and an auditor for the Oklahoma Motor Vehicles Division, retiring in 1985. She enjoyed the work and especially the people.

She was Treasurer for the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for several years in the 1960’s, and a member of the Easter Star, Harmony Chapter 371, receiving her 50 year pin in 2005.

Zola had a serious problem with alcohol for 25 years. She joined Alcoholics Anonymous on August 11, 1970, and remained a friend of Bill W. for over 42 years. She sponsored many people including a large group who call themselves “Zola’s Boys.” She devoted many years to carrying the message to inmates at Lexington Prison.

Zola loved her little family dearly, showing pictures and speaking of them often.

Zola was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Irene Philpott, and grandson Rick Philpott, both of Elm Springs, Arkansas. She is survived by Granddaughters Pam Marchant and husband Donnie of Elm Springs, Arkansas, and Francis Warren and husband Charlie, of Dewey, Oklahoma, five great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Friday, February 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 23, 2013

Zola Humphrey

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Patsy Muchmore

June 1, 2013

I am so sorry I am just now learning of Zola's death. Our family has always loved her. Patsy (Noblett) Muchmore

Dodie Callison

March 14, 2013

I know you are with The Lord. I loved you & I am forever grateful to you. In 1988, you shared your story at the pulpit one evening. My sponsor (k) at that time was drinking again & I didn't know it. I went to her house to 12 step her. She wasn't ready. I talked to you after you shared. You told me you were not sponsoring women any more. You directed me to a pastor in Yukon for my 5th step. I came by your house and told you I needed to tell you what I couldn't tell that man. You finished listening to me and prayed with me. I wouldn't be alive & sobber today if you hadn't stepped up to the plate & sponsored me. I have a family grandchild that are grateful too. I once ask you about Jesus since I was going to church instead of meetings. You told me Jesus is God & you told me if church is working for me, that's where I belong. I thank God for you every day & all the letters & cards & phone calls from you & the encouragement you gave me. My family & I will always remember you, love you & be grateful for. XO XO XO XO Delores (aka Dodie)

February 26, 2013

Zola, you were a great inspiration to me, I will never forget will always be in my heart.Stephanie H

Clyde D

February 23, 2013


You will be missed without a doubt. You helped a lot of us "boys" and lived a great example of what life could be should we choose. I am grateful to have known you and to have had the opportunity to sit next to you. You will be happy to know that my Grandmother and I have started to rekindle our relationship...but I am sure you already know

February 22, 2013


Joe F

February 22, 2013

Zola, Thank you for all your support and love what a wonderful life journey you shared with us all.

February 22, 2013

I considered myself one of Zola's Boys. Zola was always kind and generous to me. I'm grateful to have walked some of my path with her.
Peace Zola.
Fred N. (Okc, OK)

Bryan S

February 22, 2013

Zola, I remember when you listened to my story about the most profound experience I ever had. You listened intently, and then said, "maybe that means that no matter how much your life is torn apart, you can still pull it back together again". Well, that's exactly what you helped me do.
You are an amazing woman and you are my best teacher. You will always be with me and countless others. I believe that your influence to those you helped is so strong, that it will be felt in future generations. Thank you for staying with us in the physical world as long as you did. I love you, Bryan.

Donna Sawken

February 20, 2013

Thank-you for all you did for Bridget L in AA. She will miss deeply.

February 20, 2013

I was so glad to meet u in AA, you were a great person.I was fortunate to hear u speak at the mid winters conference. you passed into the next life sober.and tell all our friends i love them and miss them down here.thanks for being a sober friend. R.I.P. jeff c.(rockwell grp)