Laura Jeanette (Jean) Zimmerman

05-1-1931 ~ 07-02-2013

Jean was born to David and Ethel Rutherford in Wendell, ID, on May 1, 1931. She was raised in Hansen, ID, and passed away in Pocatello, ID, on July 2, 2013. Jean had two siblings, Richard Rutherford (deceased) and Ethel Rutherford Cannon, Houston, TX.

Jean was at a young people’s church gathering in 1945 when she met a boy named LeRoy. Two years later they met again, fell in love and became a couple. Jean married LeRoy Zimmerman in Hansen, ID, on Jan. 14, 1948. They lived in Aberdeen, ID, American Falls, ID, Aberdeen, WA, and Boise, ID. They were blessed with three sons and two daughters.

The couple farmed in American Falls where Jean cooked for the farming crew and cared for her family. She became a Nurse’s Aid and later went to school and obtained her LPN degree. She worked at Harms Memorial Hospital until she became mother to her twin daughters.

Jean loved her Savior and studying her bible. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and reading. Jean volunteered for over 20 years at Love Central, Inc. of the Central Assembly Church food bank. Before Alzheimer’s limited her ability she was often seen walking her beloved little dog Mitzi.

Jean is survived by her husband LeRoy, sons Ray (Shari), Ron (Alberta), Steve (Laurie), and daughters Joy (Troy) Evans and Jill (Paul) Johnson, 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Richard.

Services will be on Saturday, July 20, at American Falls Christian Fellowship, 339 Harrison Street, American Falls. Visitation is at 9:30 a.m. and the funeral is at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Falls View Cemetery.

We appreciate the respect and loving care our mother received from the nurses and care givers at Encompass Hospice and the staff at Ashley Manor on Cedar.

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