Zada L. Sparkman Albee

January 18, 1916October 21, 2011

Zada L. Albee (nee Sparkman) of St. Louis, MO passed away on Fri., Oct. 21, 2011 at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Wilmer “Pete” Albee. Loving mother of Robert (Susie) Leach, Bruce (Susan) Leach, Joan (Greg) Robert, Norman Leach, Frank (Carol) Albee, Dennis (Donna) Albee, Edward (Sue) Albee and Lenore (Charles Daniel) Albee. Dear grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 12.

Zada graduated from Missouri School For The Blind. She later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University. She was the president of the Missouri Braille Revival League and very active in various organizations for the blind.

Funeral service to be held at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa at Watson on Tues., Oct. 25 at 1:00 p.m. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation Mon., Oct. 24 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115 would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Monday, October 24, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Marjorie Francis

October 29, 2011

Norman, I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your Mother. I hope besides this you are doing well and have done well in life. Please try to get in touch.
An old friend,

Marjorie Francis Behnken,

October 24, 2011

David, Bruce, Norman and Joan,
Your Mother will always be loved and remembered by the entire Jack and Alma Murphey family. For myself; my wife Mary Ellen and our children, Patrick, Michael and Mary, we all will remember her with love.
When our children were in grade school they served refreshments at one or Alma's parties. They have fun memories of Zada at the party. Our daughter, Mary, thought Zada had the neatest laugh.
Lloyd & Mary Ellen

October 24, 2011

Greg, Joan, Denny, Eric and family,
My sympathy and prayers to you. Zada was such a wonderful person, and I enjoyed seeing her at various family gatherings. She is such an inspiration. May she rest in peace.

Kathy Ghahkenshah

Alice Pollard

October 24, 2011

It was a true honor and inspiration to love and have Aunt Zada as part of the family. I know my Dad admired her and when I got the chance to visit with her as an adult I understood why she was held in such high regard. Within 5 minutes of a visit,I knew I was not living up to my true potential. Thank You Aunt Zada for setting the example of being a better person everyday and giving so much of yourself. Your legacy of being the best you can be with a smile will live on. I love you -Say hello to all of your lovely sisters for me.

October 24, 2011

I count knowing Zada as one of the special blessings of my life. She was strong, full of care and overflowing with observations about the world. She was a member of the church which I served for 18 years, but she was the one who more often than not ministered to me. I thank God for Zada. Norm Linville

Vickie Huffman

October 24, 2011


So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother-in-law. She sounded like an amazing person who made a difference.

With deepest sympathy,

Vickie Huffman

October 24, 2011

I will always remember Zada for her unshakable Christian faith, her love of her family, and her incredible wit. I can see her teaching the Sunday School class or offering a communion prayer during the church service at Maplewood Christian Church, her fingers deftly reading her notes that she had typed on her Braille Writer. She expected the best from people, and that was part of how she inspired so many of the rest of us. She ended every conversation with "I'll see you" and how right she was. Judi Linville, Bel Nor

Gailene (Longwith) Smith

October 24, 2011

My sister Joyce just called to let me know about Zada'a passing. She was one of my mother's best friends in Maplewood Christian Church and paid tribute at her funeral in 2003, saying they were like sisters. (My mother was Imogene Longwith.) They shared so much as the children of the two families grew up, but you probably don't remember me as I was the oldest Longwith daughter. She always recognized my voice even years later when I visited.I will always remember Zada as a remarkable, intelligent, and very special lady.

Lori Foreman

October 24, 2011

Joan, Bob and Bruce, Your mom was a proud and regal lady! Yet, she was as "down to earth" as anyone could be. She welcomed this (young at the time) southern girl into the family with open arms years ago! Her intuitive nature, knowledge and keen sense of humor never failed to amaze me! There will be a large, empty void on this planet without her....however, she is now communing with her loved ones who went on before her. I, too, know the sting of loss....just last year I lost my dad in May and my mom (45 days later) in June. The pain of loss never leaves your heart, however, with time it becomes less intense. May God Bless you all and support one another as never before! Micky, Kari and I send our love! Joan, please call me sometime (337-898-6649.

Jean Schomaker

October 24, 2011

Aunt Zada will truly be missed by everyone whose life she touched. To me, she was a second mother. There was never a time in my life that she was not there and part of my family.

She shared with me her love of family, literature, music, politics and current events. To this dayI marvel at her vast knowledge and limitless energy.

But what I will miss most is just being able to pick up the phone or drop by the house to talk for hours on end about everything and nothing.

She was truly loved and will be sorely missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.