Mrs. Mabel Barker Zimmerman, 78, widow of
Attorney and Ex-Mt. Vernon Mayor George F. Zimmerman and a former resident of Mt. Vernon, died Saturday (24 Mar 1956) at San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, near Mexico City.
Mrs. Zimmerman and her daughter, Miss Alice
Zimmerman, teacher of arts and crafts in Evansville Reitz High school and an instructor of
evening classes in the same subjects at Evansville College, left their home at 1512 Howard Street, Evansville, late in January to
spend six months in Old Mexico.
The daughter on a leave of absence from her
teaching positions, has been an art and crafts student
in the University of Mexico at San Miguel. She and her mother have been
residing at Instructo de Allenda
Hotel in San Miguel. Mrs. Zimmerman's death occurred in the
American-British Hospital in Mexico City.
Mrs. ZIMMERMAN had been very ill for the last
two weeks of a perforated ulcer. Her brother, Claude F. Barker, Chicago,
recently joined his sister and niece in San Miguel.
The daughter, Alice, advised her cousins, Misses
Elsie and Loeraine Zimmerman, in Mt. Vernon Saturday
that following cremation she will bring the ashes of her mother to Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Zimmerman, a very able lawyer who practiced
for many years in Mt. Vernon and Evansville, a Republican leader and mayor of
Mt. Vernon for a term of four years, died in Evansville in 1951. Mr.
Zimmerman was an assistant U.S. district-attorney at Oklahoma City for several
years and following his return to Indiana served as referee in bankruptcy of
U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana.
Surviving Mrs. Zimmerman in addition to the
daughter and brother is a sister, Mrs. Gladys McFadden, Louisville, Ky. A
paternal aunt, Mrs. Florence Schiela resides in San
The deceased ws a member of a prominent Mt. Vernon family.
Her father was Daniel O. Barker, an attorney of
wise reputation who later was associated with his son, Roscoe U. Barker in the
legal profession here. Her mother was Alice B. Doss Barker.
During her many years' residence in Mt. Vernon prior to and following
residence in Oklahoma City Mrs. ZIMMERMAN was prominent in the cultural and
social life of Mt. Vernon and was a leader in
activities of the Tuesday Club. Her and her husband's memberships in
First Presbyterian Church here were transferred to an Evansville Presbyterian
Church following their departure from Mt. Vernon.
The Zimmerman home in Mt. Vernon for many years was
Robin Hill at Ninth and Mill streets.
Originally submitted by Betty Sellers