In memory of
Viola M. Zimmerman
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In memory of
Viola M. Zimmerman
PEKIN ~ Viola Mae Zimmerman, 62, of Pekin, passed away at 7:20 a.m. Friday, January 13, 2017 at her home. She was born November 16, 1954 in Pekin to Lloyd and Lula (Hobbs) Skaggs. Surviving are two sons, Travis A. Zimmerman and Kenny C. (Michelle) Zimmerman, both of Pekin; two daughters, Jami L. Haynes and Michelle M. (Clint) Bush, both of Pekin; eight grandchildren, Stephen Gifford Wood, Elijah Wood, Kaylee Heady, Adam Heady, Donavan Grammer, Travis Zimmerman, Jr., Kyle Davis and Cody Davis; one great-grandchild, Naomi Gifford; three brothers, John (Alice) Skaggs of South Pekin, Russell (Mary) Skaggs of Delavan and Stanley (Amy) Skaggs of Tucson, Arizona and two sisters, Debbie (Daryl) Birkey of Mackinaw and Katherine (Dave) Wilcox of Pekin. She was preceded in death by her parents; twin sons, Justin Ray Zimmerman and Clayton Michael Zimmerman; four brothers, Ralph Skaggs, Jim Skaggs, Lloyd Skaggs, Jr. and Ron Skaggs and one sister, Gloria Spracklen. Viola was a woman of faith, personality and independence.  She will be remembered as a bright mind who found joy loving and helping others.  She enjoyed reading, writing poetry, gardening, going to garage sales, fishing and collecting rocks.  Spending time with her children and grandchildren was a priority. Viola worked as a roofer for 30 years.  She previously worked for Brink’s Home Security. Her memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Frank Brozenec will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour before the service.  Private inurnment will be in Green Hill Cemetery in San Jose. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a headstone. To express condolences online, visit
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