Mary Louise Ricci Zimmer, 91, of Athens, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 8, 2019. She was a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a longtime resident of Athens. She was a daughter of the late John G. and Priscilla Francis Ricci. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Robert T. “Bob” Zimmer; a sister, Jane Edwards; and a brother, Jack Ricci. She was a 1947 graduate of Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she was a member of the SBCs. She was a longtime member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church of Athens. Mary Lou was associated with First National Bank in Athens for 30 years in the Loan Department. She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Linda and Mike Corash of Kingsport, and Kim and Richie Parker of Knoxville; a son and his spouse, Bill and Debbie Zimmer of Niota; two granddaughters and their spouses, Lindsay and Brandon Statum and Molly and Chase Clounch; two grandsons, Matthew Melton and Chase Parker; and one great-grandson, Bryant Statum. A funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. David Graybeal officiating. The committal service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Cedar Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Matthew Melton, Brandon Statum, Chase Parker, Chase Clounch, Neal Stoczynski, Bruce Edwards, and Bryant Statum. The family suggests memorials be made to Keith Memorial United Methodist Church of Athens or the Athens/McMinn YMCA. If you are unable to attend this service or visitation, sign the guest register at www.smithfuneralandcremationservicesofathens.com Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is honored to serve the family of Mary Louise Ricci Zimmer.
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