Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX


Barbara Louise Zimmerman

April 4, 1926February 2, 2020

Barbara Louise Lane Zimmerman departed this life on February 2, 2020, after a long and wonderful journey on this earth.

Barbara was born in Springfield, Missouri, on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1926, to Lawrence Lane and Frances Whalen. As a young woman, she graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa, with the class of 1947. She married Earl Zimmerman (of the Frank Street Boys) who would become her best friend and joyful partner in marriage. They met at the Alibi Bar in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Together, they had three children before moving to New Mexico and then San Diego, sharing an adventurous life that later included homes in Green Valley and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. In 2006, they finally settled in Austin, Texas. She and Zimmer lived a wonderful and interesting life until his death on their 69th wedding anniversary on November 6, 2017.

Barbara was a woman of wit, curiosity, courage and humor. These traits were on display very young as she had to repeat Kindergarten because of attending the playground instead of school. She was an amazing big sister to Anne and Joan. She would read the comics to them as small children. She loved to laugh, but more than anything she loved her Lord Jesus Christ and her family. As a devout Catholic, her faith inspired everyone around her. She maintained her sense of humor and joy until the end. She was grateful for the dedication of her daughter Joni and the wonderful hospice care from Cella Bella.

Barbara is predeceased by her beloved son, Larry, her sister Joan Gaugush and her husband Earl. She is survived by her sister Anne Roush; daughters Laney Brown (Robert) and Joni Haza; grandchildren Susan Payne (John), Kasey Pruitt Tait (Brandon), Sean Klingler (Lauren), Danny Klingler (Mary); and great-grandchildren, Gabriel Cardenas, Shaun Tait, Austin Payne, Zoe Payne and Murphy Marie Klingler.

Her family was blessed to have a wonderful Mother, Grandma and Great-Grandma.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Barbara Louise Zimmerman

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Nancy Salley

February 6, 2020

Joni, your mom was such a special lady, and I am blessed to have known her. I always enjoyed the visits with her (and your dad) when mom was at Englewood, and have missed those regular visits. Your mom had an infectious personality, a beautiful and deep faith and the most lovely smile. Your love and devotion to her was inspirational. Praying for you, your sister and all those who she leaves behind. Mom and I hold you all in our prayers.

Mary Hoogner

February 5, 2020

So sorry to hear that Barb has passed. She was my mom, Emogene Mertz Burns’ maid of honor and went to nursing school with mom. What a great woman and friend for years. I will let mom know of her passing.

Joni Haza

February 5, 2020

I would like to pay tribute to Colin Haza who unexpectedly passed away 10 days ago for being a loving and devoted son in law to my Mom for 33 years. They had a wonderful friendship. May he rest in peace.