Grace I. Zimmerman, 89, of Mechanicsburg died Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013, at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill. She was born Saturday, Jan. 19, 1924, in Carlisle, a daughter of the late Francis H. and Caroline Mae (Gibson) Horner; and was the widow of George F. Zimmerman, Sr., who died Apr. 29, 2002.

Grace was a Carlisle High School graduate and a US Marine Corps veteran of WWII. Grace retired after many years of service with the former Embers Hotel and Convention Center, Carlisle. She also had worked at the Woolworth’s Store at the former M. J. Mall, Carlisle. She formerly attended Trinity United Methodist Church in New Kingstown. Grace enjoyed playing bingo and also enjoyed contributing to charities especially for animals.

She is survived by two daughters, Andrea L. (and her husband, Thomas) Gingrich, and Denise S. Smith, both of Carlisle; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and her canine companion, Chickie. Grace was preceded in death by one son, George F. Zimmerman, Jr., who died Aug. 11, 1980; and two brothers, Francis and Jack Horner.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Mar. 18, at 11 a.m. at Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. Burial with military honors by Cumberland County Honor Guard will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. A viewing will be held on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorial contributions may made to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area Inc., 7790 Grayson Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111.

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