Friday, March 11, 2011

Marilyn Zimmerman passed away on March 4, 2011, in Santa Cruz, Calif. She was 74 years old.

Marilyn was born Aug. 18, 1936 in St. Joseph and was a long-time resident of Wilcox, Neb.; Fort Scott, Kan.; and Monett, Mo. She raised her family in Nebraska and later in Kansas.

Marilyn worked as a medical transcriber most of her adult life, retiring in Monett. While living in Monett, she volunteered with the local hospice organization.

Marilyn's faith was strong and she was active in her Catholic Church communities. She shared her faith as a Eucharistic minister, taught CCD, sponsored new members and supported Catholic schools and education.

Marilyn enjoyed working in her garden, spending time with her grandchildren and cooking for her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Zimmerman of Santa Cruz; her son and daughter-in-law, Leonard Zimmerman and Jamie Zimmerman, of Raymore, Mo.; and three grandsons, Connor Francis, Carson Samuel, and Colby Layne Zimmerman.

Friends paid their respects at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel 91050 Cayuga St., in Santa Cruz on Thursday, March 10, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Meierhoffer Funeral Home, St. Joseph, Mo.

The Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Monday, Horigan Chapel.

She will be buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph, Mo., beside her beloved husband, Clayton, and son Francis, who preceded her in death.

The family asks that remembrances be made in Marilyn's name to the American Heart Association.

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