Marilyn Zimmerman

Obituary of Marilyn Zimmerman


Marilyn Zimmerman, was promoted to glory on April 11, 2018 at 5:35AM. She died peacefully at CENTRA Hospice at Age 87 in Lynchburg, VA., Up until her death she was praying and singing praises to God. She fervently was claiming God’s promises until her final breath. Marilyn inspired many up until her death as she miraculously lived her life often quoting the Word of God, which helped her live virtually pain-free in spite of advanced stage 4 cancer.

She was born Marilyn McGuire in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 24, 1931, to Forrest and Florence McGuire, and recommitted her life to Christ in 1953 at a Billy Graham Crusade in Syracuse NY. She studied at Syracuse University and worked for American Airlines. She married John J Zimmerman, Jr November 24, 1955, in Syracuse, NY and together had 4 children in their many years of marriage: Dr. Patricia Powers, COL, USArmy (Ret), Rev Robert Zimmerman, Lt John Zimmerman, Howard County Fire Dept., and Col. Eric D. Zimmerman, USArmy. Marilyn became a widow in 2007, after which she moved to Lynchburg, VA. She is survived by her 4 children, 3 daughters-in-law: Allison Zimmerman, (Guam) Linda Zimmerman, (WV) Carol Zimmerman, (Germany) and enjoyed being grandmother to 19 and great-grandmother to 6.

Marilyn was an active member of All Peoples Church and previously served as President of the Syracuse Women’s Aglow. She led regular Bible studies and prayer meetings as a regular part of her Christian service. She also loved sewing and creative arts, and even taught watercolor painting in Lynchburg and Syracuse.

Marilyn looks forward to meeting her dearly departed loved ones in heaven, including her husband John, her brother Robert McGuire, her mother and father, as well as her son-in-law Michael Powers; a granddaughter, Emma Zimmerman; a grandson, Ike Zimmerman; and a great granddaughter, Posie Brown.  

A memorial celebration service will be held at All Peoples Church, 2416 Langhorne Rd, Lynchburg, VA Sunday April 29 at 10:30 AM. Memorial Funds may be given in honor of Marilyn will support Elim Pacific Ministries, a Christian mission promoting transformation in the Pacific Islands.

Special thanks are extended to all the amazing nursing and support staff of CENTRA Hospice whose compassionate care made her transition to glory so much more of a blessing.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. ROM 15:13