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March 10, 2014

Zita Glora Zimmerman

DECATUR, Ill. —  Zita Glora Zimmerman, 83, of Decatur, formerly of Martinsville, passed away at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Decatur. She was born July 6, 1930, in the home place in Parker Township in Clark County, the daughter of Roy Calvin Newlin and Mattie Ethel Hall Newlin. On Aug. 9, 1947, she married Conrad Louis Zimmerman in Martinsville. He passed away on Oct. 19, 1968.

Survivors include her children, Kerry D. Zimmerman of Urbana, Larry E. (Mary Ellen) Zimmerman of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Connie L. (Charles) Doty, Debra K. Zimmerman, and Wendy Jo (Frank) Sherman, all of Decatur; brother, George (Loretta) Newlin of Decatur; sister, Nita L. Hills of Martinsville; sisters-in-law, Lucille Newlin of Casey, and Gladys Newlin of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren, one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.  

She also was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Alta Newlin, Mayme Newlin, and Mary Jane Blunk; brothers, Clarence Lee Newlin, Edgar Newlin, Henry Dewyane Newlin and Ernest Newlin; and one great-grandchild.  

She had worked for JC Penney, Kohl’s and Eastside Star Locker Grocery in Decatur.  She had retired from the Decatur Herald & Review newspaper at the age of 81. Zita was a 1948 graduate of Martinsville High School. She was an avid mushroom hunter and enjoyed picking strawberries and blackberries. Zita loved yard sales and reading.  She made wonderful pies, persimmon pudding and her famous macaroni and cheese for her family and friends to enjoy. She was a special person with a loving heart.  

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. CDT Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Greenwell Funeral Home, 30 N. Washington St., Martinsville, with Brother Billie Ray Ulrey officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery, in Martinsville. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until services Thursday. Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice.  To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle or post photos, visit:


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