HAINES CITY, Fla. -- Novella Joyce Zinkon, 84, of Haines City, Fla., passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center from heart failure.

She was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Newcomerstown, Ohio, to Edgar and Clara (French) Dennis.

In addition to Florida and Ohio, she has also lived in Northville, Mich., and Manchester, Tenn.

She was employed with the Ohio Bell Telephone Company, was an avid golfer and four-time Club Champion, member of the Eastern Stars White Shrine, was the Beta Sigma Phi "Girl of the Year" and "Miss Sweetheart," runner-up of the Coshocton, Ohio, "Miss Sesquicentennial" in 1953 and was Methodist by faith. She had many friends and will be remembered for her golf, personality and funny "isms," jokes, and beautiful penmanship.

Mrs. Zinkon was predeceased by her parents; husband of 45 years, Dr. Donald L. Zinkon, D.O.; and three brothers.

She is survived by her son, Dennis Zinkon of Haines City, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other extended family.

Mrs. Zinkon requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity or church of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to oakridgefuneralcare.com.

Arrangements by Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Haines City, Fla.