Zulieka “Zukie” Ann McLaughlin, of Noble, Oklahoma, moved from this earth and awoke in glorious triumph gazing at her Savior’s face on her 60th birthday, Monday, July 18th, 2022.
She was born on July 18th, 1962, in Groom, Texas to Samuel “Rex” and Kadean “Kay” Rose McLaughlin. She was the second of four children and the first daughter. She was raised in the faith to know and follow Christ; and she carried that faith with her throughout her life. Her parents raised her well and taught her the values of family, respect, and hard work.
Zukie spent the majority of her life in Amarillo, Texas where she found her niche as a thorough housekeeper, thrift store manager, and garage sale extraordinaire. She was so great in these roles, and they allowed her to minister to many people over the years. She had an uncanny connection to God and an unwavering faith. Her deep love of God and need to serve others touched a multitude of people that crossed her path. She gave praise to God for every good thing she had in her life and was thankful for all her blessings.
Her relationship with Christ was the top priority in her life; and her relationship with her mom, daughters, and grandbabies were a close second.
She was a proud mom and Grammi. She was crazy about her girls and was always there for them. She was a tough, hardworking single mom when they were kids. Later when she became a Grammi, she found a whole new level of love. She was a great Grammi. Many sleepovers were had with waffles and ice-cream for breakfast and popcorn with chocolate icing for dinner.
She was such an awesome sister. She loved her brother and sisters so much and was a great friend to them. She highly loved and respected her brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Bobbie Lea. She and Sam were very close growing up. She also had a very special relationship with her sister, who many people know as “Duzie”, but she called her by her real name, Reba.
She worked hard and loved hard. She was a great friend and would do anything for anyone in need. She was tough and strong. Life’s challenges, trials, and struggles gave her a hard shell; but if you were lucky enough for her to let you in, you knew the depth of her heart.
She was a writer, a poet, a seamstress, and an artist. She would frequently repurpose what others counted as trash. She turned every house into a home with her talent of decorating.
Never afraid of hard work, she always did for herself and didn’t feel the need to rely on a man. She worked diligently with her hands, allowing her creative intuitions to become works of beauty. She loved working in the yard and rearranging her home.
In 2017, she moved to Noble, Oklahoma. There she built a new life with her mom, Kay and her sister, Susie. She worked with Susie at Bless This Mess Cleaning Co., where she was an anchor and taught everyone how to do a real ‘detail’ clean. Not surprising, in Noble she made many friends and the clients she cleaned for preferred her over anyone else. While living in Noble, Zukie’s great-nieces and nephews, were blessed to know her as Grammi.
In her last several years she got to spend a lot of time with her mom, helping care for her and staying up way too late with her watching old westerns; not because she liked them but because it was what her mom wanted to do.
Dr. Pepper with lots of ice was her signature drink, although she recently exchanged it for cucumber water. Her famous Tacos were known by anyone she cooked for. She also made a killer breakfast with fried potatoes and homemade gravy. She was loved by her loyal dogs, Bruno and Sadie Jo.
Her strength, love, and ingenuity will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was greeted in Heaven by her daddy, Samuel “Rex”, as well as many other extended family members and friends.
Those she left behind to continue God’s work on this earth include her mother, Kadean McLaughlin, of Noble, Oklahoma; her daughters, Lindsey Mercer and Jessica Welch (Michael Gates); six beautiful grandbabies whom she loved dearly, Maleigha Dei, Makeyna Rei, Ketrianna Renee, Keja Lanae, Kaden Shawn, and Destiny Amya “Faith”, all of Amarillo; her siblings, Samuel “Sam” McLaughlin II, Lafonda “Susie” Shaver, and Reba “Duzie” McLaughlin; along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many many more beloved friends and family.
Celebration of Life Funeral Services are scheduled for Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Church in Amarillo. There will be a link to live stream the services for those who live in Oklahoma that cannot make the service.
The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services in Zukie’s name to help her daughters lay their precious mother to rest.
**Here is the link for the live stream of the service:
follow the link and then click on the blue “Grace Memorials YouTube” button – there will be a box saying “Zulieka McLaughlin Memorial Service” with the photo slide on it that they can click on. It will not “go live” until 15 minutes before the service starts (10:45am local time).
The service will be saved on this page, so it can also be watched any time after it concludes as well.