Zina Alberta Allen Andrus was born August 12, 1894 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada to Simeon Franklin Allen and Rebecca Osborn. She was the eighth child of ten, and when she was one year old, moved to Hyrum, Utah to live in a home her father built. She attended school there, and in 1911, took a dress-making class in Logan, Utah. In 1918, she took a nursing course. In the summertime, Zina lived with her married sister, Eva, in Ucon, Idaho, and there, she met N. Leslie Andrus, whom she married on December 10, 1919 in the Logan Temple. They had five children before moving to Lyman, Idaho. She died April 19, 1981.
This is a four-leaf typescript autobiography, copied for Zina by her son, Hyrum Leslie Andrus on May 10, 1971. There is little personal detail, although towards the beginning of the manuscript, there is a description of Zina's home in Hyrum. She also recalls an incident during which her father received serious injuries. After moving to Lyman, Zina served in several callings in the Church, ranging from the art teacher in Primary to Seagull teacher, to second counselor in the Primary. Her hobbies included reading, caring for flowers, and making rugs. At the close of her autobiography, Zina provides a list of her siblings and their births and deaths.