Dona Zimmer, age 64 passed away on March 25, 2017 at the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT.
Dona was born on April 4th, 1952 to Donald and Bette (Hall) Gulden in Missoula, MT. She was raised by many people that referred to as her foster parents in several towns and communities in Montana until she moved back to Miles City when she was 11 years old. Dona graduate from Custer County High School and continued her education on the GI bill. She received two business associate degrees while working and being a mother. She married Dale W. Bennett in 1970. To this union their son David was born May 10, 1974. Dona worked in several businesses in bookkeeping and office work. She owned and operated the H & R block office in Miles City. Dona and her mother owned and operated the C & R Laundry on Main Street in Miles City. After selling the two businesses she went to Billings and worked for several years for a CPA firm. She married Ray McWilliams in 1996 and they enjoyed traveling together until his death in September of 2000. She married John R. Zimmer in March 2003. Dona had many loves of her life but her first love was her son and the hardest one she had to let go. She loved her parents, siblings and special friends. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and then again in 2016. Dona loved her pets, gardening, crafts, genealogy, and restoring 2nd hand store treasures. She hopes that people will forgive her trespasses as she has forgiven those who have trespassed against her. She truly believed life was a work in progress and many times thought, “if only I had known then what I know now, things could have been different.”
She is survived by her husband John Zimmer; son David (Sarah); sister Bella (Greg) Garstang; brother Jerry (LaVon) Gulden, grandsons William, Calin and Lucas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dona was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Tami James, her daughter in law Melinda Bennett and little nephew Tim-Tim James.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana Veterans Cemetery in Miles City. Memorials may be made to the Miles City Garden Club. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.