Museum the New Llano Colony

Zelma Ferne (Thompson) De Fausell

Birth: Born in Washington about 1912.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1920 she was living with her mother and two brothers in Spokane, Washington.  

Family Information: Daughter of Anna (Shutt Thompson Garrett) Shoemaker and sister of Royall Thompson. Step-daughter of R.V. Shoemaker.

Married Raymond (Frenchy) De Fausell while living in the colony.

Mother of Jack (Jackie) Ray and Barbara Ann DeFausell.

In 1933 Raymond, called "Frenchy" for short, took "French leave" for parts unknown. His whereabouts could only be conjectured.


Job in Colony: In 1931 she and Jackie Ray returned from a stay at the Rice Ranch where she had taken her turn at helping with the housekeeping there.

In January 1934 Myrtle Bradshaw, along with Mrs. Emery gathered the little tots together at the hotel dining room so Mrs. Mitchell, who drove the school bus, could pick them up for the trip to the Kid Kolony every morning. When canning or print shop activities weren't too pressing, Zelma DeFausell helped out, too.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: Had a part in the theatric "Not a Man in the House".

In November 1934 some of the Gila colonists went on a trip to the "Lodge" which was about 50 miles up the river, but to get there it was necessary to cross the river about 150 times. Among those going were Zelma, Huldah, Wayne and Carl Mahler, Isom and Ward Shoemaker, A. Van Nuland and Mr. Goodwin.


Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living with her second husband, George Lee, and her two children in New Mexico.  

Death: She died in February 2000 and was buried in Gila, New Mexico.  

Sources: U.S. Census;: 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": April 13, 1929, July 18, 1931, Oct. 8, 1933, November 25, 1933, January 20, 1934, November 10, 1934; Photo Archives; US Social Security Applications and Claims Index; US SSDI;  

Center: High School Group -- Back (L to R) Laura Synoground, Allie Bell Hewitt, Raymond "Frenchy" Fausell; Front (L to R) Beatrice Jensen, Ruth and Hope Shoemaker, Zelma Thompson