Orpha Mae Zimmerman, 90, of Boonville, died Dec. 13 at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
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She was born July 25, 1920, in Howard County, a daughter of Herbert and Beulah Bowers Purvis. She lived all of her life in Howard and Cooper counties.
In 1940, she married K.E. Watts and he preceded her in death in 1961. They were the parents of three children who survive, Edward Eugene Watts and fiancée, Mary Duryee, Daisy Bea Nowlin and husband, Jerry and Lucinda Earlene Reinbold and fiancé, Alfred Doyle. She later married Andrew Thomas and Walter Zimmerman who both preceded her in death.
Mrs. Zimmerman was a member of Santa Fe Trail Baptist Church in Boonville and had been employed at the former Selwyn Shoe Factory, Toastmaster, and the Boonville Daily News.
Besides her children, she is survived by a sister, Susie Ballew; five step-children, three grandchildren, six great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; three brothers, Harold, Gregory and John Purvis; a sister, Dorothy Coy; a grandson, Richard Reinbold; a step-child; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17, at Santa Fe Trail Baptist Church in Boonville with Rev. Tom Brack officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Markland-Yager Funeral Home in New Franklin.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Santa Fe Trail Baptist Church or the
Published in Boonville Daily News from Dec. 14 to Dec. 21, 2010