Willie E Zimmerman

Oct 14, 1931 – Apr 26, 2019

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Willie E. Zimmerman had a wonderful 87 year life from an Arkansas farm to Ballard High School 1949 graduate with honors then a 40 year career with NBofC, Rainier bank, Seafirst and retiring from Bank of America as one of the first women VP’s in commercial loans.

Willie and John married 45 years and with daughter, Janet, enjoyed travels to all 50 States, festivals, gardening, casinos, family and friends gatherings. Grateful to hold Mom at her passing, cherishing forever great memories!! Love You Always from J.Z.

A graveside service will take place on Sunday May 5th, 2019 12pm at Washington Memorial Park 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA with a lunch reception to follow. In lieu of flowers “Have some fun”

Please watch the Tribute Video 



K. Williams
Natchez, MS
Jun 16, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please keep in mind that God will heal your broken hearts and will strengthen you during this difficult time. (Psalm 147:3) To find out more regarding the hope for the dead, visit JW.org and search “death”.

Diana and Craig McMillen
Newcastle, WA
May 5, 2019

These photos are so fun! :) Willie was a wonderful person and great neighbor - she will be missed. She was so sweet with the kids - giving them beanie-babies and always remembering their birthdays. I already miss chatting with her at the mailbox and waving to her on her walks. Janet, our thoughts are with you.

Carrie Scott
Spanaway, WA
May 4, 2019

Aunt Willie you will be forever missed. Love you always and forever, now you can enjoy many more years with John.

Patti Jouper
Outlook, WA
May 4, 2019


Such a beautiful tribute to your mom! I am "betting," your mom and dad love your "in-lieu-of" suggestion!

Love and mucho hugs!


Brad and Sheila Peterson
Newcastle, WA
May 2, 2019

John and Willie were the first to welcome us to the neighborhood as well! John used to have our oldest son up to the carport to "help" him with his fishing poles, which eventually came to us after his passing. I have so many fond memories of Willie. As she passed our house on one of her many walks, I would catch up on what's what in the neighbor hood. I will miss her greatly.

Our thoughts are with you Janet.......

Mike and Maureen Blodgett
Newcastle, Wa
May 2, 2019

Janet, we are out of town and won't be back until the 7th. But we'll be there in June.

The Miyashiro's
Newcastle, Wa
May 2, 2019

John and Willie were the first to greet us when we moved into the neighborhood in 1984. They were the heartbeat of the cul-de-sac and watched over all of us, our homes and especially the children as they went to/from school. We will miss seeing Willie on her neighborhood walks and hearing about her travels and luck (or no luck) at the casinos. Our thoughts are with you Janet, you took such wonderful care of your mom, your parents are together now, smiling down and sending their love. Our community won't be the same without her.

Bill/Anita Lyons
Auburn, WA
May 2, 2019

We will miss our Aunt Willie. Always checking on our family.Now that she is together with Big John, he is going to behave himself. Our thoughts are with Janet.

Barbara Earle
Graham, WA
May 2, 2019

Aunt Willie was a special lady who will be remembered for

her generosity of spirit and caring ways. I valued our friendship and will miss her greatly. Our thoughts and love

to you, dear Janet.

Debra L Howard
Graham, WA
May 2, 2019

Our Aunt Willie was a woman ahead of her time! She was strong, determined, and at times, she could be a force to be reckoned with! She was an impeccable dresser. I loved that she and Janet rarely missed any family gathering. I will miss teasing Aunt Willie about whether she would like a cup of coffee or seeing her excitement about an opportunity to go to the casino!! I'm glad she is now in heaven with so many loved ones--especially Big John!!

Virginia Roe
Enumclaw, WA
May 2, 2019

Aunt Willie will be missed. I will remember her as a loving and caring person who called to check on family in times of illness or stress. Rest In Peace. Keeping Janet in my thoughts and prayers

Jacquelyn Taylor
Lake Stevens, WA
May 1, 2019

Aunt Willie will always be remembered for her kindness, grace and impeccable sense of style. Sending love and blessings of comfort to Janet and all who had the pleasure of knowing Willie.

Ronald E. McDowell
Tacoma, Wa
May 1, 2019

Thanks for being my sister for all these years. We did some fun things together. You are now with John forever.

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