1956 – 2013

Vienna Jean Zander, 56, resident of Taft, was born to Lila R. Cutler and Richard L. Ward on July 14, 1956 in Inglewood, CA and passed away at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield on February 26, 2013.  While in college she enrolled in several nursing classes.  Her hobbies included baking, cooking, needle pointing, sewing and playing video games. She also enjoyed being a loving wife, proud parent and a homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Lila R. Cutler; her step-father, Garland Jackson; and her husband, Gregory M. Zander.  Mrs. Zander is survived by her father, Richard L. Ward and his wife, Suzanne; brother, Kevin Ward; sister, Sherri Ward; her sons and their wives, John L. and Joy Mellor, Joshua A. and Crystal Zander and Gregory F. Smotherman, Jr. and Johanna; six grandchildren, Jordan Mellor, Aanesty Mellor, Brooklyn Mellor, Skyler Zander, Jazzlyn Zander and Omari Smotherman; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.  For further information regarding the service please contact John, Josh or Greg.  There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.  To sign an online registry please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.