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JACOBS, Mimi Of Newton, Massachusetts (1920 - 2016). When Mimi Jacobs died on September 28, 2016, at her home of 45 years in Newton, the vast majority of her family and childhood friends had predeceased her. Yet the outpouring of loving memories that followed her passing came from dozens younger than she -- from entire families of friends that had embraced her as "Mama Mimi"; from lawyers and others whom she had mentored and befriended during her many decades as a law office manager; from neighbors and friends in Newton and from her many summers at Sebago Lake and Biddeford Pool, Maine; from the many people she had befriended and encouraged in the quotidian tasks of her life; from doctors to gardeners to artists to waitpersons; from housekeepers and tailors and florists -- all of whom she treated not only with warmth and respect but as if they were the most important people in the world. From her former PCP, who wrote on learning of her passing that patient visits from Mimi were "more like social calls" to the employee at her favorite diner in Maine who told Mimi's son that whenever she came in for breakfast his feelings of self-esteem went sky high. Even in her late 90's, Mimi Jacobs was a person of presence, of stature, of humor and vitality and positive force. Born in Boston in 1920, Mimi Jacobs was the oldest of three daughters of Robert and Dora Goodman, the always devoted sister of Tobey (Kellem) and Arlene (Simons). Educated at Simmons College, Mimi first managed Garber Travel in Brookline before managing several Boston law firms, retiring at age 85 despite pleas to continue. Somehow, she also found time to serve as President of the Brookline High School PTA, as a Cub Scout den mother, as VP of the Sargent Committee for the Homeless and as Secretary of the Putterham Garden Club. She met her husband Jerry in 1945, after his service in the Army during WWII as adjutant to General Stillwell in China and India, and he proposed on their first date. She accepted a year later and their loving marriage lasted 51 years until his death in 1997. Their only child, Peter, became a lawyer in Maine in 1974 but always remained a close and loving part of his parents' lives. In many ways, Mimi's later years were also greatly enabled by Jeffrey Kellem, her late sister's son, who lived with Mimi during the 12 years before her passing, very much as a "second son" to her during that period, and by the constant companionship of their devoted dog Cody. Before his own death at age 84, Jerry Jacobs would proudly tell anyone in earshot that his wife was "a remarkable woman", and in the 19 years between his passing and hers, Mimi proved herself even more remarkable yet: working until 85, driving until 95, studying cooking with Countess di Medici in the Tuscan hills, visiting the London flower shows, being hosted by a prince in Prague, and spending seven wonderful summers in Biddeford Pool, Maine, where she acquired another array of friends and admirers. An accomplished hostess, baker and chef, she maintained her high standards of entertaining until just weeks before her passing. At her request, private services were held on October 2, 2016. Donations in her memory would be deeply appreciated to "The Pericles Foundation", a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation helping the homeless and other "people in need", c/o Margaret Minister, Esq., Pierce, Atwood, 254 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101.
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 16, 2016
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