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Karzella Sue (Renfro) Elliott, 80, of Sandston, departed this life on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. A true coal miner's daughter, she grew up in the hard scrabble region of Southwestern Virginia. "Zella" was a strong-willed and determined woman, but also had great compassion for others. A dedicated caregiver, she retired from the Masonic Home of Virginia after 30-plus years of service, while simultaneously driving a school bus for Henrico County Public Schools. Always putting family first, she instilled in her children the virtues of honesty and hard work. Zella was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Wallace S. Elliott. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Mitchell Elliott (Debbie), Brenda Mitchell (Dan), Molly McDonough (Jimmy), Joy Oyer (Brian), Frank Elliott (Rhonda) and Kelly Elliott (Linda); 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to AseraCare Hospice and Zella's caregivers, Rebecca Adkins, Phil Adkins and Linda Heller, for their love and compassion. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. 23231, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 17, at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chronic Disease Fund, Inc., 6900 Dallas Pkwy., Suite 200, Plano, Texas 75024.