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Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

Services for Dessa Jane Zimmerman, 80, of Perry will be held at 1 P.M. Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Bienhoff Funeral Home in Perry, with Reverend David Todd officiating. Burial will be in South Fork Cemetery, Santa Fe.
Visitation will be Saturday from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Mrs.Zimmerman passed away at 1:23 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Audrain Medical Center, Mexico.
She was born June 15, 1931 in Clinton, Ill., the daughter of Harley Alonzo and Fern Miller Welch.
She was married to Gerald Hitchcock in 1949 in Keokuk, Iowa. She later married Leonard Monroe Zimmerman on September 11, 1971 in Kankakee, Ill.  and he preceded her in death July 4, 2010.
Survivors include one son and his wife, Don and Peggy Huff of Perry; two daughters and their spouses, Linda and Paul Slemp, and Connie and Lowell Barker, all of Argenta, Ill.; one brother, Alonzo Welch of Munster, Indiana; two sisters, Jesse Bowes of Palmyra, and Bonnie Mears of Idaho; eight grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and one great-
Mrs.Zimmerman moved to Perry 26 years ago from Vandalia. She was a member of the South Fork Presbyterian Church.  She was a 1949 graduate of Clinton Community High School. During the W.W.II era she worked in the ammunition plants in Clinton and in Joliet during the Vietnam era. She had worked as a hairdresser for over 50 years and during that time, owned and operated the Magic Mirror in Perry for 10 years.  She had worked for the Mark Twain Lake US Army Corps of Engineers through the Experienced Workers Program for the last 14 years. She enjoyed cooking for many of the Corps events, including Cast For Kids, and sharing her home cooking with her co-workers.
Memorial contributions made be made to the Mark Twain Lake Visitors and Educational Resource Center Committee, 42494 Delaware Lane, Perry, Mo. 63462, or South Fork Cemetery, in care of Becky Dunlap, 42435 Scotts Farm Trail, Perry, Mo. 63462
Pallbearers will be Rodney Burns, Mary Ann Heitmeyer, Ben Sapp, Marty Lincoln, Ed Glenn, and Lonnie Forrest. Honorary pallbearers will be her  Mark Twain Lake Corps of Engineer co-workers.
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