Born at Milan General Hospital and raised on South First Street in Milan, I’ve blead Bulldog purple my entire life. As a youth I participated in church choirs and youth groups which led me on many mission trips growing my passion to serve others.
Graduating from Milan High School in 2001, I left Milan for a short time to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin. While at UTM I was an active part of Alpha Delta Pi sorority again serving as an officer and giving time to the Ronald McDonald House our national Philanthropy. Upon graduation, I married my high school sweetheart and best friend David Zarecor in 2007 and we moved to Rogers, Arkansas so he could pursue a career in Structural Engineering. After being there 18 months God opened the door for us to return to our roots in Milan. Once we moved home and settled into life back in “God’s County” I jumped back into service at First United Methodist Church playing in the handbell choir, singing in the adult choir and helping with the children’s ministry. In 2009 I landed a job at Milan Public Utilities in the billing department and three years later was made the Administrative Assistant/Human Resources Manager. In 2016, David and I welcomed our first child Ian Morgan Zarecor and in September of 2018 we will welcome our second child.
Sometime in 2010 I was approached to help with Milan Relay for Life. I liked being involved especially in my community and after losing my grandmother when I was 6 years old to cancer and my dad being a recent cancer survivor I knew Relay would be a great way for me to be involved and raise money to help fight this retched disease. For the last eight years I have served on the Relay for Life committee in some capacity starting as accounting chair and eventually the Event Chair and entertainment chair. I have also served as a team member with First United Methodist Church. Since my initial YES to serving through Relay my father lost his second battle with cancer and my mother in law is officially in remission with her second cancer diagnosis. I plan to serve with FUMC team this coming year as I know all too well that Cancer doesn’t care!
In 2012 I was invited to be a member of Milan’s Junior Auxiliary. Being that I have a hard time saying “NO” I jumped in with both feet to serve the Milan children. While in Junior Auxiliary I have served as Recording Secretary, Vice President and President. Finishing my time as an active in 2018, I am now a Life member and can’t wait to see these ladies grow and serve Milan in the years to come.
You’ve probably noticed a theme here and if not let me point it out “SERVICE”. Sometime during my childhood my parents taught me to serve others. My father served in so many selfless ways during his life and by witnessing that I followed in his footsteps. Many ask why I don’t just say “NO”. It is a simple answer for me, I can’t! God has called me to be a servant to others. Service is defined as: the action of helping or doing work for someone. Although, I have stepped down from some organizations for the time being, you will still find me serving in some capacity in the Milan community. Being a servant in all these ways has taught me more about myself and life. I pray that my servant like legacy is a guiding example for generations to come and that I may continue God’s work of service to others in the years ahead.