In faith, we share the news that Mrs. Betty Zimmerman, the wife of the late Rev. DeWane Zimmerman, died on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Phoenix, 5510 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012, in the sanctuary. A reception with light snacks will immediately follow the service.
Mrs. Zimmerman was a woman of strength and grace. She cared for many, she told the truth about life, and she brought joy to the world. She was a psychiatrist nurse and served that position with great distinction. She was able to care deeply with friends and relatives with her profession. Mrs. Zimmerman managed to have a great wit and it worked well with her friends. She sang in choirs in most of the churches where her husband served. She was a secretary in the district superintendent position in San Diego and was known to be fun on that job. She belonged to a support group in Phoenix and she kept the women in stitches. Mrs. Zimmerman had a knack for how to have a great time with friends and workers in her last years in care centers.
Rev. DeWane Zimmerman was born in Trail City, South Dakota in 1929. He graduated from Whitworth College and the University of Southern California, School of Religion. He was admitted on trial in 1953 in the Southern California-Arizona Conference of the Methodist Church and was ordained a deacon in 1954. His service in the Southern California-Arizona Conference of the Methodist Church included Lynewood and Kingman: St. John’s Methodist Church. He was admitted in full connection as an elder in 1956 and served at Kingman: St. John’s Methodist Church and Davis Dam AZ; San Luis Obispo; Reseda; as the Conference Director of Older Youth and Campus Ministry, Conference Program Council; in the Southern California-Arizona Conference of The United Methodist Church: as the Conference Director of Older Youth and Campus Ministry; Tucson: First UMC; San Diego District Superintendent; in the Pacific and Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church: Phoenix: First UMC; in the Desert Southwest Conference at: Phoenix: First; 1990 and as the Central East District Superintendent. Rev. Zimmerman retired in 1995 and died on July 11, 2000.
Condolences can be sent to: Hayley Zimmerman, 413 E. Fairmont Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282.
Memorial gifts may be given in memory of Mrs. Zimmerman to First UMC Phoenix for the benefit of United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM). Please indicate this on your gift.
Remembering God’s word for us, we give thanks to God who gives us the victory over death through Jesus Christ. With gratitude for the life of Mrs. Betty Zimmerman, please hold her friends in prayer at this time.