Zimmerman, Velma J. 92, of Hot Springs, AR, after a long battle with dementia, passed through the gates of Heaven in hand with her grandson, Ryan. She was born on December 6, 1923 in Wichita, KS, to the late Charles and Margaret Koch. Velma retired after 20 years of nursing from St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, KS. In 2002, she relocated to Hot Springs to be near family. She never met a stranger and was a gentle caregiver to everyone! After retiring, Velma volunteered for the American Red Cross, Victory in the Valley (cancer support) in Wichita, and the cancer center in Hot Springs. Velma loved gardening, traveling, and art. Her first and foremost love was her family! She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend. Proceeded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert and Charles Koch; and her beloved grandson, Ryan Carver. Velma is survived by her son, Marcus (Midge) Zimmerman; daughters, Nancy (Ken) Nelson and Donna (Read) Oakleaf; grandchildren, Ken (Donna) Kirt, Teresa (Randy) Zimmerman, Rhonda (Louie) Cruz, Christina Abney Weber, Tim (Amy) Abney, Steven, Michael, and Kim Oakleaf; fifteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of Lake Hamilton Health & Rehab for their loving care for the past 5 years. Also the past and present friends and family who loved and cared for Velma. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Velma's name to: Victory in the Valley, 3755 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS. 67215 or The Caring Place, 101 Quapaw Ave, Hot Springs, AR. 71901. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. with visitation 1 hour prior on October 1, 2016, at Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita, KS.