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Zelaya Olivia Ebanks

May 12, 2021

Obituary

Zelaya Ebanks passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday May 12th, 2021. She was 17 years old.

Zelaya was preceded in death by her grandfather, Craig Freeman; her uncles, Doug Anderson, Jamie Ebanks, and Jason Gretz.

Zelaya is survived by her Minnesota and Wisconsin family: her mother, Bree Gretz; stepfather, Josh Gretz; brother, Xander Ebanks; sisters, Aria Gretz, Adelynn Gretz; grandparents, Linda and Kevin Nelson, Heidi and Troy Gretz. She is also survived by her Cayman family: father, Geoffry Ebanks; stepmom, Jane Ebanks; brother, Will Ebanks; grandparents, Willy and Zelmalee Ebanks; with many aunts, uncles and cousins from all over.

Zelaya was born on Monday August 18th 2003 at 3:38 a.m. in Georgetown Grand Cayman. She shares her birthday month with her mother Bree, her sister Aria and a few other family members.  Zelaya's golden birthday would have been this year. She had a heartwarming bond and loved her four younger siblings so much. She was our little mother hen rushing to help out and too often doing everything for them. The special connection she shared with her brother Xander was incredibly warm and loving.

Zelaya was a funny, smart, bubbly, beautiful and kind person. She loved riding horses, music, singing, photography, drawing and hanging out with her friends. She absolutely adored the times snuggling with her Siamese Ragdoll cats, Katniss & Primrose and her golden doodle puppy Griffin who would pee in excitement every time she played with him. She was the type of person that would give anyone the hoodie on her back to help them. She had a big heart. Z loved her Minnesota, Wisconsin, Cayman & Florida friends & families very much.

She aspired to be a veterinarian. Her goal was to graduate high school, go to Century College and then on to the University of Minnesota for their veterinarian program.

Zelaya was our ray of sunshine. Our songbird. She will always be missed dearly.

Special thanks to Laura Brown for setting up our GoFundMe and meal train pages making Zelaya's funeral possible, to our neighbors Pam and Jackie for helping with our little Addie during our hours of need, and to Chip & Leah for taking care of our puppy Griffin the first night so we could stay at a hotel with a pool for the kids. To Amy and Trevor who have had many fun play dates with our girls the past few days while we are trying to cope and organize everything. To everyone that has donated money, meals and their personal support during our families' extremely difficult time. Thank you all.

The live stream of Zelaya's service will be available at the following link: http://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnChurchofLittleCanada

If you would like to help our family please donate to the Zelaya Ebanks GoFundMe page, because flowers are beautiful, but donations will help us pay for her funeral and burial expenses. Even a small donation helps. https://gofund.me/f922d7a3

 


Services

Visitation
Monday
May 24, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center (Stillwater)
2800 Curve Crest Blvd
Stillwater, MN 55082

Visitation
Tuesday
May 25, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Saint John's Church of Little Canada
380 E. Little Canada Rd.
Little Canada, MN 55117, MN 55117

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday
May 25, 2021

11:00 AM
Saint John's Church of Little Canada
380 E. Little Canada Rd.
Little Canada, MN 55117, MN 55117

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