WILLIAMSBURG - Lila Breshears Zimmerman, 97, peacefully passed away Wednesday January 15th at her Woodhaven residence in the Williamsburg Landing retirement community. She was preceded in death by her sister Lillan and Gil Zimmerman, her loving husband of 51 years who passed away in August, 2012. She was born in the Breshears Valley near Warsaw, MO and moved to Washington D.C. along with her sister Lillan in the 1940's to go to work for the U.S. Government as a secretary. It was there that she and Gil met and subsequently married in June, 1961. He was a high ranking lawyer with the U.S. Attorney's Office prior to both of their retirements from the government. Lila and Gil were longtime and highly regarded residents of Old Town Alexandria, VA for many years prior to moving to Williamsburg Landing in 1995. While in Alexandria, she was active in charity work and was a volunteer for Nelly's Needlers, a group of talented women who made beautiful quilts to raise money for the preservation of Woodlawn Plantation, a historic home south of Alexandria that was originally a part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate and was the residence of he and Martha Washington's granddaughter Nelly Custis. In addition to her quilt making, Lila was a talented oil painter and created several beautiful still life paintings. She is survived by her author step-son Gerry A. Zimmerman of Scottsdale, AZ. At her wish, there will be no public memorial services and following her cremation at the Nelsen Funeral Home, her ashes will be sent to Missouri where they will be buried along with the ashes of her beloved husband, Gil, in a family plot in Wheatland, MO. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.
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Published in Daily Press on Jan. 22, 2014