Barbara Lou Ford

DOLLAR BAY – Barbara Lou (Zimmerman) Ford passed away peacefully on Aug. 9, 2013.

Barbara was the beloved wife of William W. Ford, Jr. and the loving mother of William W. (Jill) Ford, III and Stephen David (Karen) Ford. She was the proud and loving grandmother of Nicole, Kathryn, Courtney, and Jacob Ford. She was also the dear sister of Margaret (James) Pennington and David (Jeanette) Zimmerman; and the sister-in-law of Cynthia (Ford) Beutel (deceased); and Christopher (Janet) Ford.

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Barbara spent most of her life in Green Bay, Wis., and Cincinnati, Ohio. She retired to “the lake” in Dollar Bay. Barbara did her undergraduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she was a member of Gamma Sigma sorority, and received a degree in Medical Technology from Northwestern University Hospital, Chicago, Ill. She returned to Green Bay in 1958, where she became the manager of the Bellin Hospital Laboratory.

Barbara was married in Florida to William W. Ford, Jr. in 1959. They lived in Green Bay for four years, where both of their sons were born, then moved to Cincinnati in 1963. She taught in the Finneytown school system for 20 years. Barbara was a member of the Wednesday Bible Study and Ruth Circle at Grace United Methodist Church in Houghton.

Services will be private. Memorials may be sent to Ronald McDonald House, 350 Erkenbrecker Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229 or the Peg and Roy Zimmerman Church Camp Scholarship Fund (c/o Pastor Williams), Grace UMC, 201 Isle Royale St., Houghton, MI 49931.