Ethel Ford Zimmer

January 05, 1923 ‒ February 05, 2016

Columbus, Ohio
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio

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Ethel Eva (Ford) Zimmer, age 93, formerly of Delaware, Ohio died Friday, February 5, 2016.

She was born on January 5, 1923 in Terre Haute, Indiana to the late Charles and Eva Louella (Miller) Ford.  She was a graduate of Frankfort, IN High School Class of 1940, the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing (Indianapolis), and received her B. S. in Education from Indiana University in 1948.  She served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army Nursing Corp. during WW II.

Ethel worked as President of Pauline Home in Columbus and held many volunteer positions in the community including the Columbus Better Business Bureau. She was an active member of William St. United Methodist Church, Delaware, and a former member of the First Baptist Church of Columbus, and Church of the Messiah United Methodist Church in Westerville.  She became an honorary member of the Delaware Kiwanis Club and a lifetime member of the Grady Memorial Hospital Volunteer Program by volunteering over 3,000 hours.

She is predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Zimmer, whom she married on August 21, 1948 in Ft. Wayne, infant son, Robert, twin sister Edith Biddle, sisters Kathryn Bonnell and Lois Godlove, brothers Ben and Paul Ford. She is survived by daughter Teri (James L.) Parker of Columbus; two grandchildren Lesley (Jon) Cross and Susan Strick (Chris Hinz); great-grandchildren Jordan and Jillian of Worthington.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday March 12, 2016 at the William St. United Methodist Church, 28 W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 with Pastor Julie Carmean officiating.  Family will greet friends following the services.

Inurnment with military honors will be held at a future date at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Arrangement have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to the William St. United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or to Heartland Hospice of Columbus.

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  • Dear Teri,
    I was the Director/Deputy Director of the Delaware County Board of Elections. I left 8 years ago, however, your mom and dad were the neatest and nicest folks I ever met during my time there! I will never forget either of them. They were like newly weds and she use to say “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.” Their love for each other, their zest for life, their kindness and willingness to do for the community is something that is not easily found in the world any more. As I said, I have thought of them many, many, many times since moving and especially during elections. My best election workers ever. You had a great mom and dad who were respected and admired!

  • Two of the most amazing people and what a couple! We tried hard to get my parents to move into Willowbrook and Bob and Ethel were so kind to meet with them and try to “sell” them for me! I loved spending time with them–lunch at Willowbrook was always a treat! They were such wonderful volunteers at Grady, too. I am glad they are back together, but so sorry for your loss.

  • Ms Ethel was such a wonderful and kind woman, and always made me smile during my visits to Sunrise, where my mom currently resides. Love and blessings to your family — she has a place in heaven for sure.