• Doris L. Zimmerman, 89

  • Doris L. Zimmerman, 89, a native of Nebraska City, died at Lake Oswego, Ore., Aug. 24, 2013 after a short battle with cancer.
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  • Doris L. Zimmerman, 89, a native of Nebraska City, died at Lake Oswego, Ore., Aug. 24, 2013 after a short battle with cancer.
    She is survived by son Lin and his wife, Patricia; grandchildren Christopher and Paul; Paul’s wife, Catrina, and their two children, Luke and Amelia; and her sister, Rose Cowles.  
    She was preceded by husband Virgil Zimmerman in 1973. Doris was one of four children born to William and Maude Wurtele in Nebraska City.  She married Virgil, her high-school sweetheart, at the age of 18 during his leave from the Army in 1942.  When World War II ended, they began their family and careers, raising their son, Lin, near her family farm in Southeast Nebraska. In 1955, they vacationed in Oregon, fell in love with the temperate climate and decided to move West to take advantage of job opportunities in Portland.
    They bought a house in Northeast Portland where Doris lived for more than 50 years. They later purchased an old farm house near the Nehalem Bay which they renovated into their year-round retreat for fishing and relaxing.  
    Doris was one of the first employees of JC Penney when the Lloyd Center in Portland opened and also worked at other boutique shops there. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and canning as well as bowling in neighborhood leagues, rooting for the Portland Trailblazers and sharing her crafts (needlepoint, sewing and creating homemade placemats) with her neighbors and family.   
    During her last few years, Doris lived at a retirement community, Winfield Village in Wilsonville, Oe., where she continued to wow everyone with her crafts and Bingo prowess.
    At Doris’ request, there will be no public service. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to WoundedWarriorsProject.org or the American Diabetes Association.

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