Lois Jeanne Zimmerman, 80, formerly of Williamstown, passed away Nov. 17, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz., following a series of unexpected complications, after treatment for back pain.
She was born on Dec. 30, 1931, in Parkersburg, W.Va., grew up in Williamstown, and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1949. In April 1952, Jeanne married Richard E. (Dick) Zimmerman at the First Presbyterian Church in Williamstown. In 1957, they moved to Fairmont, W.Va., and then Clarksburg, W.Va., and returned to Williamstown in 1966. After the sudden death of her husband in 1974, Jeanne moved to Mesa, Ariz., where she lived for the past 37 years. She held various business and government positions, and retired from the State of Arizona in 1997. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, doing astrological charts and was a loyal Phoenix Suns fan.
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.; sister, Nina Farrar in Florida; grandsons, Ben Thon and Mark Zimmerman; four step-grandsons; 14 step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; and her many friends across the country. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Stephens and Hilda DeViese Stephens Robinson; step-father, George W. (Bill) Robinson; and her birth mother, Lucille Bumgardner Boso.
On Nov. 24, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz., local friends and family gathered for a celebration of her life. With respect for her long-standing request, her body was donated to science for use in education and research.
A memorial will be held in Williamstown, W.Va. at a future date in 2013.