Doris Zonia (Howard) Zerba 1936-2019
Doris Zonia (Howard) Zerba was born May 15, 1936 in Bryson City, North Carolina to Cling and Maude Howard. She was raised in the Smoky Mountains with her many siblings and large extended family. Times were tough, and everyone was expected to work hard. She completed the 8th grade and then took on odd jobs to support herself and her family. As a young woman, Doris moved out West to Oregon and met her true love, Delbert Zerba. Doris and Delbert were married on February 12, 1955. In December of 1956, they moved to Summit Valley, and spent the rest of their lives on Zerba Mountain.
Doris was a devoted wife and mother. She and Delbert raised 6 children. Doris worked hard along-side her husband as they built a large, productive hog farm. In the beginning, neither of them knew much about raising hogs on such an enormous scale. They just knew they wanted to make a living doing something they could do together. Delbert read and researched (all before the ease of the internet), Doris trusted in Delbert and together they built a wonderful life. More