Lancaster, Zelma Holt (Mrs. Thomas M.)


A good wife, who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her - She looks well to the ways of her household. Her children rise up and call her blessed!” Prov. 31:10-12, 27-28.

If Zelma were standing by my side she would say, “Just the facts Glenn, don’t make it all flowery or saccharin!! I was no angel or saint!” Zelma really felt it was her place to serve and to be served. She really didn’t care to be varnished or a lot made over her. She was a truly great wife, a very loving mother, a full-time helpmate and homemaker. She tried working as a “Welfare Worker” for a while but it was too emotional for her. She so closely related to those with problems. Zelma loved her husband, her family, and her church. She dedicated her life to serving them all to the best of her ability.
Zelma was born in Palestine, Texas. She was the daughter of Luther Avien Holt and Verdi Lou Holt. She lost both parents by the time she was eight years old, so she and her younger brother were placed in the Methodist Home in Waco, Texas. There she grew up. On June 3, 1939 she married the “gay young blade,” Tom Lancaster. They had 50 years and three weeks of blissful and happy life.
Tom and Zelma were blessed with two children. First came daughter Janice and soon Tom E., both of whom live in San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by the two children and seven grandchildren, all of San Antonio.
Tom and Zelma served the church faithfully for thirty-two years. Tom did not enter the ministry until eighteen years after marriage. Like happens to so many wives, Zelma did not marry a minister, she had it dropped on her. Having married for better or worse, even though it could have been the worse, she stood by Tom’s side through 32 years. She always was very active in church along with her role of Pastor’s wife. She was always a gracious hostess in the parsonage and very good at making her guests feel comfortable. The world around her was a much better place because she was there. We who knew her so well will miss her.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1990; p. 228……………By Glendon R. Messer

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