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May 8, 2014

Miriam Massey Zimmerman

TIFTON — Miriam Massey Zimmerman, 89, of Tifton died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at her home.

 Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Tifton. The Rev. Sam Rogers and the Rev. Stephen Webb will officiate with burial to follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors.

Active pallbearers are Mike Smith, Wayne Purvis, James Herring, Butch Davis, Jim Lever, and Jay Spradley. The Loyalty Sunday school class and Circle No. 9 of First United Methodist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Zimmerman was born June 9, 1924 in Tifton, where she lived all her life. The daughter of the late Harris and Eula Miller Massey, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Charles E. Zimmerman Sr., who died Oct. 10, 2005 and her sister, Harriette  Massey  Barrett.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Charles E. “Chuck” Zimmerman Jr.  and Robin of Westerville, Ohio;  one daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Capt. David Arnold, USCG, Ret. of Morehead City, N.C. ;  several  grandchildren, Chris Zimmerman of Westerville, Ohio; Melissa Zimmerman of Johnstown, Ohio;  Katie Arnold Tinley and Chris Tinley of Parrish, Fla.; Jeff Arnold of Titusville, Fla., and Wendy Arnold of Clearwater, Fla.  Three great grandchildren, Madison Zimmerman, Justin Tinley and Holly Tinley are among the next generation of her family.

Mrs. Zimmerman graduated from Tifton High School in 1941 and attended ABAC where she studied home economics.  She and Dr. Charles married March 29, 1943. She was active in the Junior Women’s Club and the Medical Auxiliary, but her greatest love was her service to her church. A lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School, helped cook many meals there (“If there’s a kitchen in heaven I’m pretty sure that’s where I’ll be,” she once quipped), helped host Methodist District Conferences, served on a variety of committees, at the local, district and conference levels and served as District President of the United Methodist Women.  She was an active member of the Loyalty Sunday School class and Circle No. 9.

An avid gardener, she shaped her yard into an ever changing landscape, which occasionally found its way into the pages of the Tift County High School’s yearbook. She joined her husband in hunting both deer and elk. She enjoyed cooking, and especially loved to cook for others.

An invitation to one of her dinner parties guaranteed good company and good food. Eventually she published a cookbook which featured many of her own recipes, as well as those of numerous friends and family.

She will be remembered as someone who always had a kind word, a friendly smile, and a welcoming home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 107 12th St. W., Tifton, Ga. 31794 or to Hospice of Tiftarea, P.O. Box 747, Tifton, GA 31793.

You may sign the online guest registry at www.albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com. Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

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