Husband: Walter (1)
Wife: Linola C. Zimmerman (2 3 4 5)
Born: 13 Oct 1921 in Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon (6)
Died: 15 Oct 2003 in Downey, Los Angeles, California (7)
Father: George Samuel Zimmerman
Mother: Oka Swingle
Spouses: Oliver Riggs
Additional Information

Linola C. Zimmerman:

Buried: Yamhill Carlton Cemetery, Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon


Per Gordon Zimmerman, Linona began a promising career as an opera singer when she waylaid by Schizophrenia.

Per obituary of George S. Zimmerman, her name is spelled Lenola.

  1. Obituary, of George S. Zimmerman.
  2. Forrest Zimmerman, Zimmerman Family Tree.
  3. Census, Federal - 1930 - Yamhill Co, Oregon, Precinct 24, sheet 4A.
  4. Gordon N. Zimmerman correspondence.

    [received 21 Nov 2005]

  5. Findagrave (, 17359665.

    Birth: Oct. 13, 1921
    Death: Oct. 15, 2003

    News-Register, McMinnville, Oregon, October 18, 2003

    A private family graveside service for Lenola O. Walter, also known as Nona Zimmerman Riggs, of Downey, Calif., will be held in Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Cemetery, Yamhill.

    Ms. Walter died Oct. 15, 2003, in Downey Care Center. She was 81.

    She was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Yamhill, the daughter of George S. and Oka Swingle Zimmerman. She was raised and educated in Yamhill. She graduated from Oregon State College in 1943 with the highest grade point average to have been achieved in the college at the time. She belonged to Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honor society and many other campus groups. She was chosen as the graduating senior who had contributed most to performing music in her college career.

    She studied voice at the University of Washington and performed as an alto soloist with many groups in the Seattle area, including the Seattle Symphony. In the early 1950s, she moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., and studied with opera star Lotte Lehman in the Music Academy of the West. In the late 1950s, Ms. Walter was a teacher at the University of California at Santa Monica. She had been under the care of her family for the last 30 years.

    Survivors include a brother, Gordon Zimmerman of Yamhill, and a sister, Celia Dromgoole of Milwaukie.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Riggs, in 1968.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in care of Macy & Son Funeral Directors, 135 N.E. Evans St., McMinnville, OR 97128.

    Family links:
    George Samuel Zimmerman (1885 - 1976)
    Oka Swingle Zimmerman (1890 - 1980)

    Note: Daughter to George S. & Oka Zimmerman

    Yamhill-Carlton Cemetery
    Yamhill County
    Oregon, USA

  6. Gordon N. Zimmerman correspondence.

    [received 21 Nov 2005]

  7. Ibid.

    [received 21 Nov 2005]

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