Zahara Moody

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Zahara ‘Betty Jean’ Moody graced us with her presence on Wednesday July 25, 2001. Zahara melted the hearts of her family who embraced her with love.  This beautiful angel of light was bequeathed the names of her maternal and paternal grandmothers’. But the name Zahara, is of Hebrew origin and it means “to shine”.

For 20 years God allowed Zahara’s to shine her precious light in the lives of the people she loved.

Zahara was a true charmer. Affectionately known as “Baddy Z’ or “Lil Gurl” by her friends and family, Zahara had an infectious personality that spurred laughter and joy.

Zahara’s animated personality and colorful spirit was made evident by her becoming the queen of the selfie. Additionally, Zahara loved dancing and singing. Music was a part of her life and her phone, and her room were her stage. Zahara was a drama queen. Although she never got an Oscar, her theatrics earned her a starring role in the Columbus based movie, the Cross Over That Won the Game. She also had the kindest affection towards dogs, and she absolutely loved, loved, loved to cook. Zahara made life special. Zahara graduated from the home of the fighting bull dogs, South High School in 2019. She was very proud of this accomplishment.

In her short life, Zahara learned a lot about the importance of faith and trusting God. She gave her life to Christ at an early age and was constantly seeking God to answer her many, many questions.  She loved going to visit churches, but it was the music ministry that she found herself lost in worship.  Zahara’s favorite song was ‘Father Can You Hear Me Now” a gospel song from the Tyler Perry movie Diary of a Mad Black Woman. This song touched Zahara and she sang it with passion and conviction.

  Zahara was a princess in the eyes of her father. She was the daughter that called him and bugged him about everything. He was her sounding board and her number one fan and she was his greatest challenge as they acted just alike. She was his daughter in the mirror of life and he loved her deeply.

 On Tuesday October 19th in the year of our lord two- thousand twenty – one, our Princess Zahara Betty Jean Moody fell asleep. Like the fictional character sleeping beauty, she will only wake up when her true love Jesus awakens her, and we believe that Zahara Betty Jean Moody will rise again.

Zahara is preceded in death by her paternal grand-mothers Lady Betty Hairston and Lady Jean Moody Scott, her mother Lady Jessica Hairston.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving father James (Linda) Moody, siblings: Hairston Monroe, Christopher Duncan, Tyler Moody, and Janae Wilder. Maternal grandmother; Lady Jean Moody Scott, a host of friends, relatives and loved ones.

Private Visitation 1:00 PM and Private Funeral Service 2:00 PM Monday, November 1, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd).

Please keep the Moody family in your prayers as they complete Zahara’s obituary.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Dannita Campbell

    My condolences to you cousin

  2. I am so so sorry for your loss, you have my deepest and sincere condolences. I love you all

  3. LaTanya Walker and Family

    We are so sorry for your loss Family. We will keep you all in our prayers

  4. My condolences fam, Im so sorry for your loss

  5. My heart goes out to the family. May you find God’s peace and comfort at his time and always.

  6. I’m so sorry cousin I know first hand what your going threw will keep u in my prayers

  7. Francina Grimsley

    My condolences to you and your family, may God give you strength in time of grievance.

  8. There are no words to express the sorrow in our hearts. May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of sorrow. Truly sorry for your loss.

  9. The Rodriguez Family

    We’re so sorry, our prayers go out to the Moody Family

  10. Kourtnee Bridgeforth and Family

    Dear Moody Family,
    I am so sorry about your loss. There are no words for this type of pain, but there is God! I’m praying peace and comfort in the days to come and all the days your heart may grieve.
    Love you all.

  11. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family

  12. My condolences to you and your family.

  13. Patricia Jackson

    My deepest condolences to your family! Such a beautiful young lady. I know how badly she missed her mom! Rest on young lady, rest on!

  14. OSU East Hospital Tower 8 Staff

    On the behalf of OSU East Hosptial Tower 8 staff, our deepest condolences to Z’s family. We are deeply saddened and sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken. She was a beautiful soul and we will miss her very much. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  15. Judge Terri Jamison

    In times like these, we need the Savior to comfort and strengthen us. I offer heartfelt condolences at the loss of one so young and filled with great promise. I pray that the God of all grace continues to bear you up in His arms of love.

  16. I’m so sorry Cousin rest peacefully beautiful see u on there side love ❤ I love you and gonna miss you

  17. Arlene Reynolds

    This a good friend of the family so sorry for lost .I’m here if u want to talk OK.

  18. I’m so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you and the family at this time and going forth.

  19. I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. … My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

  20. Sharlie Moody-Auggie & Family

    We love you so much and send our condolences. We know Z is a beautiful Angel in heaven doing a tic tic❣️

  21. #FOE Zahara #FOE from your Aunt y!

  22. To the Moody family,
    May the peace and comfort of God envelope you all in love. With sincere sympathy, I am saddened & so sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest condolences from my family to yours & keeping you all lifted in prayer Much love.

  23. My condolences to the Moody family praying that God give you all the comfort you need

  24. My heart goes out to you. So sorry for your loss. May the God of Peace wrap you up in his loving arms. You are in our prayers.
    The Elmore family

  25. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all so deeply impacted by this loss.

  26. Sorry for your loss James- prayers of strength to get you through!

  27. Craig Augustine

    My deepest Condolences to the family .May God give you peace , comfort and strength during this difficult time!!!

  28. Shanae' and Isaac Talbert

    Praying for the Moody family during this time. I love u Zahara and you will be missed

  29. My deepest Condolences to the family. Prayers for peace, strength and comfort for your family at this difficult time. Love ya!!!


  31. Serbennia A A Davis

    Only God controls life and death!
    Each day a baby is born and someone else dies. We embrace the births but dread the deaths. This one pulls hard at the ❤ We’ve truly lost an . SLEEP PEACEFULLY ZAHARA.

  32. Min Carmen Allen

    Deepest heartfelt condolences to your family. Mr&Mrs Moody you are loved …
    Min Carmen Allen
    Peace MB church family

  33. James and Mavis Berry

    May the Great God we serve, be the comfort that you need during this time of mourning. And may you find comfort and joy in the memories you shared with Zahara. Love
    The Berry family

  34. To the Moody Family
    May God grant you peace, strength and comfort during this time and days that follow. Zahara was a joy and pleasure to have known. Even though her light has physically left us May there be a forever light that will continue to be with us. Prayers lifted
    Deacon Felton and Min Phillipa

  35. Linda you and your family have my deepest condolences..As I remember the talks at work about your daughter you were encouraging and the love for your daughter was to the moon and beyond…I’m sending you lots of hugs and may God continue to keep you and bless you…

  36. Praying for the family.. we went to monroe and sherwood together! Im so happy I was able to meet someone like you. Funny, outgoing, and didn’t care how anyone felt. You were so strong ♥️

  37. Over-comers ministries

    We offer up praise to our God for you at all times for his mighty works and the way God has loved us in allowing us to share the time we did with our dear sister. Zee meant so much to us. we trust that your relationship with God will give you peace in this time of storm. We love you and our prayers are always with you.
    Love the Over-comers ministry

  38. To: The Moody Family.

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God gives you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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