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“I was blessed to spend considerable time with both Ann and Jim since Fall, 2019, helping them prepare for their move to Battle Creek. It was always a...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Judy Crockett - Manistee, MI

“Dear Mr. Z and Family, I just found out about the passing of Ann; my deepest sympathy and prayers are with all of you!! What a beautiful person she...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Sheila McGowan (O'Brien) - Monroe, MI

“So sorry to hear of Anne's passing. I pray for comfort and strength for you Jim and your family. Sincerely,Maureen and Bruce Peabody ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Maureen (Phillips) Peabody - MI

“Dear Jimmy, I was deeply saddened to learn of your loss. You & Ann are one of my fondest memories at Monroe High. Rich & I send our love. Take care! ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Longmuir Vitale

“My heartfelt condolences to you, Jim and your family. Ann was a wonderful girl/Lady and I have many great memories of our double dates with you two...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Brad Sortor - Monroe, MI - Friend

“Jake, Jessica, Jan, Aila Mae and Charlotte, the entire Swisher family and Zimmerman family. I said it all on my FB post, so you know how much your...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Mark and - Friend

“Ann was a good friend of mine in high school. Remembering her loving Jimmy so much. Good thoughts sending to her family. She was a blessing to Jimmy,...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Marcia SalowHickey - MI - Friend

“I'm so sorry to hear of Ann's passing. I met her in junior high and we were friends throughout high school.Ann was a beautiful girl with an even more...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Michele Cousino - Friend

“There were not many times that I seen Ann that she was not smiling and ready for a hug. Those moments will be missed. She was a true genuine lady. I...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Angela Beneke - Manistee, MI

“My condolences, thoughts & prayers go out to Annies family. She was such a great friend and was with me when I needed her most and I will truly...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Barbi Hurst - Manistee, MI

“My deepest condolences go out to Ann's family. Ann was a great friend and confidant. I will truly miss her gentle, caring, sensitive spirit. Her dear...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Molly Thorwell - Manistee, MI


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Ann Zimmerman of Manistee, Michigan passed away on March 13, 2020 in Kalamazoo, MI. She was surrounded by her family.

Ann was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 9, 1952 to parents Gerald and Jane (Bateman) Nabors. When she was 13 years-old her family relocated to Monroe, MI. It was in Monroe that Ann met her life partner and soulmate, James Zimmerman, at a local dance. They quickly fell in love and have been together ever since. Ann graduated from Monroe High School, Class of 1970, and then went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Western Michigan University in 1974.

On June 1, 1974 Ann and Jimmy (as she called him) were united in marriage at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Monroe. After moving around, Ann and Jim settled in Manistee, MI. Ann worked as a special education teacher for the Manistee ISD until her retirement in 2008. She loved gardening, Northern Michigan and cooking delicious meals, especially with Jimmy. She was very involved in her kids' lives, serving as a Cub Scouts Den Mother and perfecting their school projects. Ann enjoyed stamping and sending unique, personalized cards to friends and family. Shopping was one of her favorite things and she was always dressed to the nines. Her granddaughters were the light of her life; nothing brought her more joy than being "Nana" to Aila and Charlotte.

Ann is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jimmy, her sons Jake (Jessica) of Battle Creek, MI, and Jan of Portland, OR, and granddaughters Aila Mae and Charlotte. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Sue Jones (Chris), Nancy Colpaert, and Wendy Godfroy (Bill) all of Monroe. She was predeceased by her parents, sister Cathy, and son Jesse. She brought generosity and love to this world that will be deeply missed.

A celebration of life will be held during the summer of 2020 in Manistee, MI. Those wishing to remember Ann are encouraged to make a donation to the Manistee Friendship Society, 1475 South US 31, Manistee Mi. 49660. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.