THREE OAKS — Zimmah Marie Fox, 94, of Three Oaks, died peacefully Wednesday, January 2, 2019, in the presence of her family.
Zimmah was born July 15, 1924, in Weesaw Township, Michigan, to Thomas and Lucy (Aber) Payne. She was the eleventh of thirteen children. She married Robert F. Fox in April, 1942 at the age of 18. Together they welcomed five children: Anne, Michael, Diana, Gloria, and Robert.
She was a lifelong resident of Three Oaks, attending Three Oaks High School and graduating in 1942. After high school she worked for the superintendent of the Three Oaks School. Zimmah later worked for Gerber and retired at the age of 57 in 1981. After retirement she enjoyed being a seamstress for local residents as well as crocheting.
Zimmah was loved by all who knew her. She was known for her feisty yet kind spirit and her love of cardinals. She even had a personalized license plate with a cardinal perched next to her name. Zimmah was a longtime member of the Three Oaks United Methodist Church which happened to become one of the sights in the movie Prancer.
Zimmah will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by daughters Anne (Arthur) Klute of Kalamazoo, Diana (Robert) Swartz of St. Joseph, and Gloria (Donald) King of Pahrump, Nevada; son Robert (Tina) Fox of LaPorte, Indiana; grandchildren Kristen Day, Kevin Klute, James Klute, Steven Swartz, Daniel King, Timothy King, Kimberly King, Brandi Bellamy, Robin Anderson, and Craig Fox; thirty great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; sister Lucy Mabry (who is her only surviving sibling); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Michael G. Fox, and her grandson Scott W. Swartz.
Family and friends will gather Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128, and on Friday, January 11, 2019, from 10 a.m. to time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Three Oaks United Methodist Church, 2 East Sycamore Street, Three Oaks, Michigan. The Reverend Brenda Ludwig will be officiating.
Zimmah will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Those who wish may contribute in Zimmah’s memory to either the Three Oaks United Methodist Church or National Audubon Society, 225 Varick Street, New York, New York 10014 or to contribute toward the final expenses.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks, Michigan, 49128.
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