Ruth Beverly Thomas Zimmerman

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Vanston & James Funeral Home Inc
1401 Ash St
Scranton, PA
Calling hours
Friday, May 17, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Vanston & James Funeral Home Inc
1401 Ash St
Scranton, PA 18510
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Funeral service
Saturday, May 18, 2019
11:00 AM
Vanston & James Funeral Home Inc
1401 Ash St
Scranton, PA 18510
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Ruth Beverly Thomas Zimmerman, 84, of Benton Twp., went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 14. She was the wife of her high school sweetheart, Charles "Bud" Zimmerman. The couple would have celebrated 67 years of marriage this June. Ruth had surgery in 2010 for breast cancer; she was a nine-year cancer survivor.

Born in Scranton, Ruth was the daughter of the late Elmer and Ruth Seymour Thomas. Ruth was a 1952 graduate of West Scranton High School, attended Lackawanna Junior College and was a graduate of the High Park Bible Institute State Teacher School, receiving an elementary teacher certificate.

Ruth was a member of the Jackson Street Baptist Church for 80 years, where she was a founder and member of the LOA Class. She was a Sunday school teacher for a number of years, served as president of the Young at Heart Group and taught child evangelism in various homes, churches and Allied Services for Special Children.

Ruth was a bank teller at the West Side/Merchant Bank and the SAMP Credit Union.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Anees Fogley as well as Karen and Mary Kay for their loving care of Ruth for 37 years. They would also like to thank doctors Hyzenski, Baikada, Peairs and Dzwonczyk and the nurses and staff of the seventh floor of Regional Hospital of Scranton.

Also surviving are two daughters, Cindy Freeman and husband, Randy; and Cathy Pratt and husband, John; son, Todd Zimmerman and wife, Amy; seven grandchildren, Nathan Pratt and wife, Rachel; Jordan Pratt and wife, Alyssa; Candace and Seth Pratt, Tyler Zimmerman, Spencer Zimmerman and Carter Zimmerman; and three great-grandchildren, MacKenzie, Lincoln and Matilda Pratt.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, E. Robert Thomas; and a baby sister.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton, by the Rev. Elliott Cooke, pastor of the Jackson Street Baptist Church.

Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages and requests memorial contributions be made to either the Quilters, Young at Heart Club or the Deacons Fund of the Jackson Street Baptist Church, 1204 Jackson St., Scranton, PA 18504.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, funeral director.
Published in Scranton Times on May 15, 2019
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