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“I feel like Jackson has lost an icon.She was such a lady of grace! ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Ruth Ann Schultz - MI

“So sorry we were unable to attend you are in our thoughts and prayersSteve & Amy Hayse (Steinert) ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: STEVE & AMY HAYSE - otsego, MI

“My sincere condolences to the family for their loss. May you take some comfort from the words found at James 1:13 ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Zim, when I was the yearbook adviser at The Middle School at Parkside in the nineties, every early spring there were you and Helen in my classroom...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Kurt Snyder - Jackson, MI

“Lee, what fond memories we have of Helen! She was an understated Force! I'll never forget sitting behind you both at the symphony and chatting away...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Karen Davey - Jackson, MI

“Helen was our neighbor for many years and what a gracious lady she was. Her home and yard reflected her love of both. She was kind and generous...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Tom and Dona Green - Jackson, MI

“Helen was a woman of true class and inner (and outer) beauty. She exuded warmth and acceptance. I thought very highly of Helen and used her as a role...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Amy Sayles - Jackson, MI

“May Helen rest peacefully in God's arms! She was always a gracious lady with such an easy and welcoming smile. She will be missed by so many of us. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Rita and Tom Parrish - Parma, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Helen and Zim were very close family friends and she was a very special lady. She will be missed. Bill and...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Zim, So sorry for your loss. Helen was truly one of the best.Our prayers are with you. Jim & Carol Beck ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. I am very grateful to have known such a kind and thoughtful person. May God bless you and comfort you all during this...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Lee, we are both so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. She was a wonderful, loving person. You and she are in our prayers. May our Lord bless...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear the passing of Helen. Both my mother and father enjoyed Helen so much and all the fun times you guys had together. Helen was such a...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Julie Langford-Field - Adrian, MI

“Dear Lee, My sincere condolences on the loss of Helen. She was such a vivacious, loving person. She will be missed by many of us. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Jan Poulsen - Lawrence, KS

“My sincere condolences on the loss of Helen. She was such a vivacious, loving person. She will be missed by many of us. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Jan Poulsen - Lawrence, KS

“I'm so sorry Lee to hear of Helen's passing. She was one of my favorite people. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. She was so gracious, lovely, kind, smart and we loved her so. She was one in a million. Keeping you and the...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Jim & Candy Bell - Comstock Park, MI

“God be with you Lee - We're praying for you. We loved Helen. Peace be with you at this most difficult time. Sue & Les Drake & family. ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Sue Drake - Rives Junction, MI

“Dear Lee: So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. What a beautiful person she was. Please know you are in our prayers. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Alan Heath - Greenville, TX

Zimmerman (Wilson), Helen Irene

Went to be with her Lord and beloved daughter, Pam Harty (Zimmerman), on August 4, 2017. She is survived by her devoted husband lifetime love and partner, Leon (Zim), sons David (Rhonda), Tom (Cathy), and son-in-law Kevin Harty. Known as Grams to Chris (Jennifer) Harty, Paul, Danny (Brittany), Matt (Dottie), Rachael Zimmerman, and AJ (David) Wolf. Great-Grams to Lola, Ruby, Riston Zimmerman, and Levi Wolf. Helen was the daughter of Walter and Mildred (Johnson) Wilson, born August 28, 1928 in Reed City, Michigan. While working at Bonsalls Drug store, a returning WWII vet hurriedly asked her for change for the phone, she gave him a dime and thought, "I'm going to marry that guy." She and that 'guy' were married just shy of 70 years. Helen attended General Motors Institute, attaining an associate degree and proficiency in comptometers. She used these skills to support her husband's U of M education and became Zim's office manager. She was a charter member of the Sewing Club of Jackson, member of The First United Methodist Church of Jackson, and involved with many volunteer organizations including Love in the Name of Christ, Ella Sharp Park Museum, Diggers, and Jackson County Meal Services, to name a few. She loved playing bridge with her girlfriends, traveling (especially to England), gardening, and spending time at their cabin on Good Harbor Bay. Always smiling and kind words for all, she was an inspiration to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her grandchildren will always remember her warm disposition and for making sure there were always animal crackers in the tea set. Helen will be sadly missed and will live forever in our hearts. She was one of a kind; a beautiful woman in every way. The memorial service for Helen will be held Friday, September 1, 2017, at 3:00 pm in the Grande Room at Vista Grande Villa 2251 Springport Road, Jackson, MI 49202. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to Ella Sharp Park Museum, 3225 Fourth, Street, Jackson, MI 49203, Love in the Name of Christ C/O First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1831, Jackson, MI 49204, or Kiwanis American Flag Project, 1203 First Street, Jackson, MI 49203.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until the time of service.


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Watson Funeral Chapel
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