In Memory

Zonn Land (Curbow)

Zonn Land (Curbow)

Zonn Land Curbow
July 26, 1953 - June 15, 2020

Zonn Curbow went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2020 after a long illness. When the time came to enter the gates of Heaven, she was surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Zonn was born July 26, 1953 to Lloyd and Joyce (Wright) Land in Lindale, Texas and later moved to Tyler. She graduated from John Tyler High School and attended Tyler Jr College. While in high school she met her soul mate, Rickie Curbow. They were married in 1972 and were blessed with four children. They moved to Dalhart, Texas and lived there for thirty years before moving back to Lindale to enjoy their retirement in 2014.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Rick Curbow, children, Jacob and Mercie Curbow, Corey Curbow, Matthew Curbow, and Megan Curbow. The light of her life were her grandchildren, Corbin and Caden Curbow. Zonn is also survived by her siblings and their spouses, Kendell and Sue Land, and sister LaQuita and Blake Graham, and sister inlaw, Phyllis Dickey. Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. And not to be forgotten is her life long best friend Belinda Kelly Kromer and all of her classmates of John Tyler graduates of 1971.
Anyone that knew Zonn knew of her love of God, family, life, dancing, and Motown Music. She was a very talented seamstress and crafter. She would bring laughter to any room she was in. Not only did she raise her children, but played a big part in raising other children through baby sitting or teaching vacation bible school. Above all, she loved the Lord and knew that He would be waiting for her with open arms.
While she will be greatly missed, we will never forget the part of our lives that she touched.

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07/02/20 09:50 AM #1    

Belinda Kelley (Kromer)

For those who were not able to attend Zonn's Celebration of Life, I would like to share my memorial message presented that evening.  We had short notice given the Covid-19 situation but our class definitely showed the love! Thank you to all who attended, to all who sent sentiments, cards, food and support of any kind.  We are going to miss our fun sister here on earth but I know the heavenly angels are celebrating big time! 

Love to you dear friend Queva Zonn Land Curbow! Always in my heart! 


Queva Zonn Land Curbow 

July 26, 1953 – June 15, 2020

To my one of the best friends a girl could ask for!

Today we celebrate the life of one of the most fun-loving people I have ever known. That girl, Queva Zonn Land Curbow, one of my lifetime very best friends, could bring sunshine on a cloudy day. She had a contagious laugh that would make the whole room laugh.  Even to the very end Zonn had her trademark chuckle and just hearing it made us all feel better. As she laid in that hospital bed at home, while we were gathered around to get our last doses of our precious friend, wife, mother, sister, aunt and cousin, she managed to make us smile.  Each of us had special things we were wanting to hear her say or do and she did not let us down.  One of the days when she was still communicating with us, I was leaning over her bed talking to her and she had these deep worry wrinkles in her forehead, so I said to her, Queva get those wrinkles out of your forehead and she opened her big green eyes, gave me that “Zonn look” and stretched her eyebrows up really high and those wrinkles were gone! It was funny and beautiful at the same time.  We all laughed as she chuckled with us. As we gathered around her another time while sharing stories and trying to tell her how much we loved her, her daughter Megan wanted to say the Lord’s prayer with her, so several of us joined in and said the prayer together.  It was a beautiful thing and all of us ended with Amen… but Zonn didn’t open her eyes or acknowledge that we had said it until I said, Zonn you forgot to say something.  She looked up with questioning eyes and I said you didn’t say Amen and all of a sudden, she belted out a very loud and big AMEN! It was so priceless.  There were lots of those God wink moments last week that helped all of us feel comfort and peace at a really difficult time.  I didn’t get to witness one of really special ones but certainly heard about how her treasured sister, Laquita, played the Motown music for her and she wiggled her Zonn dance moves in the bed and sang out with the touching songs she loved so much.  Can’t you just visualize her doing that?  God smiled that day on all her loved ones.  He wanted us to celebrate our earth angel before He took her home and got her whole again. 

From the time we were in elementary school all the way through high school, Zonn and I always got to sit close because our last names alphabetically fell that way.  She was usually sitting behind me and that’s really how we became lifetime best friends.  We got in more trouble and were threatened by teachers more times than I can count for our giggles in the classrooms.  She would make me laugh out loud sometimes and loved it when I got in trouble.  She would get that rolling eye crooked innocent smile and then I would just get in trouble all over again for laughing.  My most favorite laughing memory was when we had our senior play at John Tyler.  She played the part of a little girl and I was the Aunt.  Danny Garner was the father.  She forgot her lines temporarily in the live performance and so Danny came to the rescue spewing out some ad lib nonsense that took us all a little by surprise at which time, I could not look at her for fear of busting out laughing and then it happened… she started to  laugh so hard she peed her pants right there in front of God and everyone on the stage.  The shock was not what anyone would have normally expected because it was our Zonn.  It was her trademark! Yes, she peed at the drop of a hat.  I have a treasured picture the photographer took that night with me pinching my bottom lip to keep from laughing out loud and her with that famous Zonn grin standing in a puddle.  It was forever lasting memory of out of control Zonn humor.

I don’t know what Zonn would want me to say to you today, but I think she would want me to be sure and tell you all that her fun times on this earth were when she was with her family and friends.  She loved us all very much and for each of us, she had her own way to show us.  Sometimes it was with her dancing, sometimes with her songs, sometimes with her long talks and always with her laughter.  She loved doing things for others and as long as she was healthy, she did it so well.  The past few years were not her best as she suffered from what her sister so appropriately called “her demons”.  But even with the challenges she faced and the inability to beat them, she kept her sense of humor most days and we could always find our Zonn in that body somewhere.  I can tell you that no high school reunion will ever be the same for me or anyone in our class! If I could have loved her well, I would have done it.  On the day she got her angel wings, some saw rainbows, some heard thunder and some saw butterflies, all our signs that she made the heavenly journey and was safe and sound.  God has her in His care now.

I have comfort in knowing that my memories of the crazy fun times with my bff are footprints on my heart that no one will ever take away.  I will visit with her in my dreams, when I am closest to God and as I reflect with others on the special ways she touched my life. 

I will close with my favorite Bible verse from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 because it best describes our Zonn.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 

Belinda Kelley Kromer - June 17,2020

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