Mary Francis Yocum (Zimmerman), 96, of Akron,
passed away on the 17th of March at Ephrata Manor in Lancaster County after a
long and fruitful life.
She was born in Earl Township, Lancaster
County, to Milton B. and Florence (Jackson) Zimmerman on 27 February 1923 and
was one of thirteen siblings.
After mission work in Kentucky and Bible
study in Virginia, Mary earned a degree in nursing and, for many years, worked
as a registered nurse at Hahnemann Hospital and Chestnut Hill Lodge in
Philadelphia. Valued by many colleagues for her calm discrete professionalism,
she will be deeply missed by her nursing friends.
In a long life of church involvement,
she was a faithful member of Norris Square Mennonite Church, Philadelphia;
Frazer Mennonite Church, Malvern; Providence Mennonite Church, Collegeville;
and Hinkletown Mennonite Church.
Married to Frederick L. Yocum for over
fifty years, Mary was the anchor of the family with six children, twelve
grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Gracious and kind, she marked
all of the birthdays, graduations and other special moments. Her attention and
interest in our lives is a testament of her spirit. She will be missed
immensely. She enjoyed camping, travel, board games, sewing and meeting up with
her nursing colleagues and extended family. In 2001, Fred and Mary moved from
Philadelphia to Lancaster County and lived in Akron.
Mary is survived by 4 siblings, Ruth
Eckert, Carl, Earl, and Kenneth Zimmerman; three daughters, two sons, twelve
grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband
Fred, her daughter Jane Aquaviva and 8 siblings, John Zimmerman, Laura
Stauffer, Erma Birky, Amos, Addy, Roy, Clyde and Arline Zimmerman.
Friends and relatives are invited to
attend her Life Celebration on Saturday, the 23rd of March at Hinkletown
Mennonite Church, 2031 Division Highway Ephrata PA.; viewing from 9:30 to 10:30
am, Memorial service at 10:30 am, committal and fellowship time following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to Healthy Ninos Honduras (formerly MAMA Project), PO
Box 53, East Greenville, PA 18041 (healthyninos.org).