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Carla Mae Simmons Zinkan


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Carla Mae Simmons Zinkan Obituary
Carla Mae Simmons Zinkan, 84, of Pingree, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at her home with her family by her side.
Carla was born on May 24, 1932 in a little house in Labell, Idaho to Genevieve R. Pfost and Grover Jay Simmons.
In first grade, she attended school in a one room schoolhouse. In 1939 she moved to Rigby, Idaho and graduated from Rigby High School and then went on to further her education at the Idaho State University Beauty School.
On December 13,1958, Carla married the love of her life, John H. Zinkan, in Pocatello, Idaho. John passed away on October 19, 2001, leaving a void in her life too hard to fill - they were married for 43 years.
She enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and being involved in the Eagles Lodge and bowling leagues.
Carla is survived her children; Joni Mae Despain, Jana Vae Knoch, L. Kim Bell, Cindy Jo Zinkan, Stefanie Z. Harding; her brother Steven Don Simmons; 13 grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, dear husband, John; daughter, Gerri L. Zinkan; brother, Vaughn G. Simmons; sister, G. Joyce Putnam; one grandson and her beloved puppy Babe.
For the last three years she was taken care of by her loving granddaughter, Kathryn, at her home in Pingree.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Annis Little Butte Cemetery, E. Menan Lorenzo Hwy, Rigby, ID. The family will visit with friends from 11-12:30 p.m. prior to the graveside services at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave, Blackfoot, ID. A viewing will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Idaho Youth Ranch. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on May 6, 2017
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