Zella is named after her grandmother, Zenaren Zimmarue Blevins. Zella's mother, Sarahann Susie Sulvanus (spelling? ) Day, was forcibly kidnapped from her mother, Zimmarue, by Catherine'Caty' Harris and Ambrose Day because Zimmarue was a Cherokee. Zella wrote a letter detailing how the Day's plotted the kidnapping since Myron Sulvanus Day, Zella's grandfather, died 3 months before Susie was born. The excuse, they didnt want Susie "raised indian". Zella was given her grandmother's middle name.