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Barbara May Zimmerman, 89, of Midland, passed away on October 11, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Detroit on May 20, 1931 to Jens and Bernadette (De Guise) Christensen.


Relocating to Midland, Barb worked at Krogers for 25 years. After Retirement, she pursued her passion for art and enjoyed a successful career as an artist. She was an active member of the Midland Water Media Society and the Midland Artist Guild for many years. She showed her creations throughout Michigan including Art Prize in Grand Rapids. She volunteered at MidMichigan Health Gift Shop and the Midland Center for the Arts. Barb enjoyed gardening and was a great cook and baker, among so many other talents.


She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Erik and Abby Zimmerman of Midland, her daughter and son-in-law Sandra and David Zwingelberg of Denver, Colorado, along with grandchildren, Sunshine, Luke, Kayden, Kaylee and Kylan, and niece Jamee Floch and son Wyatt of Northport.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Alfred Zimmerman. She will be missed by her family and many friends in Midland and the art community.


There will be a private service per her wishes in the spring.


Donations can be made to the Creative 360 Center in Midland or the Arbor Foundation.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Zimmerman family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Carol Speltz

    16 October 2020 1 year ago

    Barb attended each and every art exhibit opening at Creative 360. She created works of art that were lovely watercolors and abstract acrylic paintings. When I interviewed her for the Yes We Can Tea at Creative 369, she wore red cowboy boots , a sparkling top and had a spit of red in her short white hair: a doll! During an early covid time, art was dropped off out front of the building minimizing contact. Barb’s art was dropped off but then she took the time to sit on the steps with me while we chatted about art and life! I will miss this beautiful woman!

  2. Diana Brookens

    14 October 2020 1 year ago

    We share in the loss of a great volunteer. Can someone please direct me where cards may be sent, there have been a few of the Gift Shop volunteers from MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland who would like to know.

    Thanks, Diana Brookens, Manager of Volunteer Services

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