Sunday, November 1, 2009
Dorothy Jean Zimba, 1931-2009
On October 28, 2009, Mrs. Dorothy Jean Zimba, of North Bennington, Vermont, died in her sleep of natural causes. She was 77 years old.
Dorothy was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1931. In her first marriage, to Mr. Ray Bailey of Chattanooga, she had two sons. Later she married Mr. Richard Zimba of Dearborn Heights, Michigan; the couple had three children together and remained happily married until the end of Dorothy's life. For decades, husband and wife worked alongside one another in the family business, Rip's Drive-In, a suburban Detroit landmark during its time.
A gifted storyteller with a lively laugh, Dorothy was admired for her outgoing personality and incisive intelligence. She was a crossword prodigy and a formidable opponent in card games of all kinds. Her hobbies included needlework, gardening, collecting antiques, and painting landscapes and still lifes.
Dorothy's health began to decline in 2007, and at that time she relocated from Michigan to Vermont with her husband. She resided at Watson House and Prospect House in North Bennington, facilities in which she received kind and attentive care until her passing. Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Richard; by her five children: Mr. David Bailey, Issaquah, Washington; Mr. Wayne Bailey, Southgate, Michigan; Ms. Intissar Greene, Mesa, Arizona; Ms. Jilly Dybka, Kingston Springs, Tennessee; and Dr. Jason Zimba, Pownal, Vermont; by her five grandchildren: Sgt. Erik Bailey, Camp Liberty, Iraq; Mr. Robert Bailey, Monroe, Michigan; Mr. Jonathan Bailey, Issaquah, Washington; Miss Abigail Zimba, Pownal, Vermont; and Miss Claire Elizabeth-Jean Zimba, Pownal, Vermont; by her two great-grandchildren, Miss Madalyn Bailey, Monroe, Michigan, and Miss Joanna Bailey, Monroe, Michigan; by her sister, Mrs. Patsy Ramsey, Ringold, Georgia; by her two nephews, Mr. Chris Ramsey, Tampa, Florida, and Mr. Barry Ramsey, Ringold, Georgia; by her grandniece, Ms. Valerie Ramsey, Tampa, Florida; by her great-grandniece, Miss Caitlyn Ramsey, Tampa, Florida; and by her many cousins.