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 Zorita <I>Zevely</I> Simunek

Zorita Zevely Simunek

Bowie, Montague County, Texas, USA
Death 30 Mar 2012 (aged 65)
Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial Hennessey, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 112113132 · View Source
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From the Hennessey Clipper, Feb. 2012:

Zorita Zevely Simunek

Zorita Zevely Simunek was born in Bowie, Texas Oct. 18, 1946 to Quay V. and Anita Hill Zevely Sr. She died in her home Fri., March 30, 2012 surrounded by adoring friends and her loving husband of 45 years. Zorita was tragically diagnosed with ovarian cancer February 21, 2012 and passed away 38 days later.

Her father sold and serviced oil well pumps throughout Oklahoma before the family moved to Hennessey in 1963. Zorita was a twirler with the Hennessey High School Band, Band President, Basketball cheerleader, and a member of the student council. She was football queen in 1964. Two five year old children carried the crown, Melinda Pollard and Bert Gritz, current owner and director of the Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home. In a way, it might be said that Bert escorted Zorita onto the stage of life and will now escort her off the stage of life.

Zorita graduated from Hennessey High School in 1964. She received a B.S. in Art Education from Oklahoma State University in 1968 and a MFA in Graphics Art from Washington State University in 1971. Zorita was featured twirling her chrome plated machete knives with the Oklahoma State University Marching Band at the Cowboy football games. She financed her college education at Oklahoma State University in part by twirling her machete knives for Student Entertainers. She taught freehand drawing in the Architecture Department at Washington State University and also held a Teaching Assistantship in the Fine Arts Department.

Zorita married Richard W. Simunek, also a 1964 Hennessey High School graduate, on Nov. 19, 1966.

In 1971, Zorita and her husband moved to Washington, DC. Zorita worked as a Graphics Artist for the Transportation Institute and the U.S. Postal Service. She also accompanied her husband on two foreign assignments with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Ethiopia and Liberia.

Following their return from overseas, Zorita and her husband became real estate agents in Washington where she also renovated and restored old run down and abandoned Victorian townhouses in the Dupont Circle near the White House and Capitol Hill area next to the Capitol Building. Zorita, with her husband and team members, continually ranked among the top selling agents in Washington. Two homes renovated and lived in by Zorita were featured on the Capitol Hill House Tour and Washington Times newspaper. Zorita was a real estate agent for 28 years in Washington. She was a member of the Greater Washington Capitol Area Association of Realtors and the Capitol Hill Restoration Society. After 38 years in Washington, DC, Zorita and her husband moved to the South Beach neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida.

Following a cooking passion inherited from her mother, Zorita completed the Cordon Bleu Chef School in Miami, Florida and then started her own catering business.
Zorita will always be fondly remembered for her spunk, sense of humor, creative art, real estate skills, gourmet meals, and grand parties. Her ability to put all and anyone at ease and to bring everyone into her world of fun, friendship, and trust will never be forgotten. She was a unique combination of spontaneity and superb business organization skills. We will miss her so.
Memorial services will be held later in Miami Beach, Florida and Washington, DC by her many friends and colleagues.

Surviving is her husband Richard W. Simunek, a brother Quay V. Zevely Jr. and his wife Robbie of Sulfur, Oklahoma, brother-in-law David Simunek and his wife Sandra Gabriel Simunek of Hennessey, Oklahoma, and five wonderful nieces and their children.

Zorita's husband made a small walnut jewelry box for Zorita in his high school shop class and carved a poem inside the lid. The poem is entitled The Coin by Sara Teasdale:

Into my heart's treasury,
I slipped a coin.
That time cannot take,
Nor a thief purloin.
O better than the minting,
Of a gold crowned king.
Is the safe kept memory,
Of a lovely thing.

The funeral service for Zorita Zevely Simunek, 65, of Miami Beach, Florida will be at 10 a.m. Wed., April 4, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hennessey. Rev. Joseph Arledge will conduct the Funeral Mass. Pall Bearers are John Craun, Wilfred Janky, Larry Simunek, James Macy, Jacob Frost, and Tommy Bohnstedt. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery of Hennessey.





  • Created by: Val Lovelace
  • Added: 10 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 112113132
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Zorita Zevely Simunek (18 Oct 1946–30 Mar 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 112113132, citing Calvary Cemetery, Hennessey, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Val Lovelace (contributor 47525955) .