Lois Jeanne Stephens Zimmerman passed away Nov. 17 of last year in Phoenix, Ariz.
Friends of the former Williams-town resident will be received by her children on Saturday, July 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Williams-town. Immediately following the visitation a brief committal service, with Pastor Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke officiating, is planned at Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown.
Born Dec. 30, 1931, in Parkersburg, Jeanne grew up in Williamstown and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1949. After high school, she attended Marietta College, on a full academic scholarship. In April 1952, at the First Presbyterian Church in Williamstown, Jeanne married Richard E. (Dick) Zimmerman. In 1957, they moved to Fairmont, and later Clarksburg, W.Va., then returned to Williamstown in 1966.
After the sudden death of her husband in 1974, Jeanne moved to Mesa, Ariz. where she led a full and interesting life for 37 years. Prior to her retirement in 1997, she worked with W.L. Gore, the U.S. Department of Justice (DEA), and the State of Arizona. Jeanne was a loyal Phoenix Suns fan who also enjoyed playing bridge, doing astrological charts, traveling, and most of all, staying in touch with her many friends across the country.
Jeanne is survived by her three children: Carol Thon (Freddie) in South Bend, Ind., Alan in Simi Valley, Calif. and Eric (Molly Mullins) in Glendale, Ariz.; grandsons, Ben Thon and Mark Zimmerman; step grandsons, Freddie, Dickie, Kennie, and Frankie Thon; 14 step great-grandchildren; and four step great-great-grandchildren. Her sister, Nina V. Bumgardner Farrar, joined Jeanne in heaven on Feb. 18, 2013.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Stephens and Hilda DeViese Stephens Robinson; her step-father, George W. (Bill) Robinson; and her birth mother, Lucille Bumgardner Boso.
In accordance with her long-standing request, her body was donated to science, through Research for Life. In lieu of any traditional memorial remembrance, her children respectfully request that you extend to others a gift their mother exemplified. They ask that to honor Jeanne, you contact an old friend you have lost touch with, and remind that person that no matter how much time has passed, you still value their friendship. Jeanne would have really liked that.