Zelda M. Held
Zelda M. Held
  • December 9, 1925 - December 31, 2017
  • Beaumont, Texas

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HELD - Zelda M. "Dusty" nee Swartzfager
Age 92, entered eternal life on December 31, 2017, from her home in Beaumont, Texas. She was a resident of Calder Woods retirement community where she played bingo, made jewelry, attended church, and was loved by residents and staff alike. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Robert E. Held, in 2015. Zelda grew up and graduated from high school in Buffalo, NY. She and Bob married when she was 18, and they moved to Rolla, Missouri, so he could attend college. They moved to Lawrence, Indiana, where she was a homemaker and participated in many social activities from 1954 through 1967, such as assisting with Jaycee activities, church events, and junior baseball. When the family moved to Maryland in 1967, Zelda volunteered her services at a nursery school, and loved to go square dancing. Zelda and her husband Bob lived in Sun City Center, Florida, for 35 years after his retirement where she participated in many activities such as ceramics, lawn bowling, card playing clubs, and needlepoint. Zelda is survived by her son, Bruce, of Beaumont, TX; a daughter, Carol LaRiviere, of Frederick, MD; three grandchildren, Jefferson Held, Jacqueline LaRiviere, and Ashleigh LaRiviere; and three great-grandchildren, Alexis Held, Calvin Held, and Aurora Allen. She will be dearly missed by all. Zelda will be inurned at the Florida National Cemetery with her husband Bob. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association at www.ALZ.org.