Zola Rae Law AshJune 27, 1926 - August 5, 2021
Memorial Service August 14, 2021 at .
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Zola Rae Law Ash
St. George – Zola passed away on 5 August 2021. Zola Rae was born on June 27, 1926 in Brigham City, UT. She was blessed to be the first of five children born to Reuben D. and Leda Call Law and the great grandchild of 8 pioneers. Her family lived in Tremonton, Randolph, Logan, Duchesne, SLC, and Provo, UT with summers in Los Angeles at USC. After she married the family moved to Hawaii.
She loved BY High, where she was Vice President, in school plays, and the unofficial 250A dance decorator. Zola Rae worked summers at Taylor Brothers department store doing Window Displays, then part time while at BYU. She majored in art under B.F. Larsen and Roman Andrus and loved it. She enjoyed her Val Norms and White Keys activities.
In May of 1946, she met Grant Ash at BYU. He was home from WWII a little early because he was a German POW. By December 19, 1946 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple (for 61 years and eternity). They moved to Madison, Wis. where she painted pastels of babies and animals to help them get Grant’s Ph.D. Here she learned how much she loved her Savior and His church. She was Young Women President (the 1st of 3 times). Later she was Relief Society 1st Counselor 3 times, and a Young Women’s Teacher or Homemaking Leader in between.
Zola’s world revolved around Grant and their four children – Terry Kay (William) Moore, Allyn (Rand) Smart, Dayle (Karen) Ash, and Cozanne (Ray) Layton. They had homemade dresses and shirts, Halloween costumes, a basement spook alley, luaus, gingerbread houses and fudge, etc. Also they had lots of moves, from Wisconsin to Dugway, to Salt Lake City, to Alexandria, VA, to Hawaii, and back to VA, to SLC again, to Annandale, VA, and to Provo, UT to retire. Here they spent two years building a house together, then they left it to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to South Africa and Zimbabwe (1982-1984).
Back at home she began painting canvas again (instead of walls). Zola also served as Utah Valley Art Guild President and the Utah County Art Board President (Putting up exhibits in the Historic Provo Courthouse each month). Tamiris and Thursday Club friends were a joy. She was in the BYU film about WWII, “Brides on the Homefront.”
She claimed she was never bored. She loved creating with fabric or flowers or food, paints or plants or people (little people). Zola treasured her family and friends and hoped they benefited from her love of beauty and expression.
Zola is survived by 3 of her 4 children, 18 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She also survived by two of her sisters Nena and Lynette. She was preceded in death by her husband C. Grant Ash, her daughter Terry, her brother R. Dee Law and her sister Leda.