STATE COLLEGE -- Mary Belle Zimmerman, 95, of Foxdale Village, peacefully passed onto the Lord on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
She was born July 3, 1916, in Indiana, Pa., a daughter of the late Lawrence and Bertha Campbell. On July 5, 1941, she married Willard D. Zimmerman, of Sunbury, who preceded her in death on Feb. 12, 1977.
Mary graduated from Indiana High School and received her bachelor of science degree in public school music in 1938 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in addition to her master's equivalent in 1960.
She taught school until 1978 in both Somerset and Northumberland.
She volunteered for more than 19 years at Geisinger Medical Center and Maria Joseph Manor, Danville, before moving to Foxdale Village in State College in 1993.
Mary was an accomplished violinist and played in several concert orchestras and symphonies in Pittsburgh, Indiana and Selinsgrove. On occasion, she played a violin custom made by her father, a cabinetmaker.
During her lifetime, Mary traveled to all 50 states as well as to many countries throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. With daredevil tendencies throughout her life, Mary rode an elephant, a camel and horses, flew in several small aircraft, a hot air balloon, a glider and a B-24 bomber and hoped for a final ride on the wings of an angel.
Mary and Bill had two children, Karen A. Rugh, of Spruce Creek, and Lawrence Zimmerman, of Felton, Calif.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen; her sister, Ann; and her brother, Leon.
A life celebration service will be held this spring at the Foxdale Retirement Village in State College with a private interment in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Karen Rugh and Richard Pencek Endowment Fund, 101 Old Main, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802.