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March 26, 1956

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 Francisco.


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