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Barbara Alice Abbott Blumenthal, age 85, most recently of Quincy, Florida, passed peacefully from this world at home surrounded by family and friends after a long illness March 13th, 2015. She is known to loved ones as "Oma". Barbara was born on June 2nd, 1929 in Buffalo, New York to Mary Alice and Walter Orlando , both deceased. Barbara was married to James D Abbott of Quincy, Florida, in January of 1947 in California. She and James had 5 children, 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild from this marriage. They divorced in 1983. Barbara was married to Phil Blumenthal of Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1991 after a long penpal correspondence and courtship. From this marriage Barbara was bound to Phil's daughters, Ginger Monka, wife of Joel Monka of Indianapolis and Jill Blumenthal, wife of Frank Cope of Cortez, CO. Barbara enjoyed 2 grandchildren from her marriage to Phil, Austin and Elana Cope. Education was a strong value in Barbara's family and she was a lifetime learner. She attended Junior College in California, read voraciously, wrote voluminously throughout her life and always sought new challenges. She traveled the world extensively and studied the customs of many different cultures. She was a Member of Mensa for over 40 years. Barbara engaged in a number of occupations through the years. As a young adult she served as a telephone operator for Ma Bell. In the 1970's Barbara created and established a childcare service in Mifflin Park, PA. This business was so well received that the Reading Eagle Newspaper printed a profile of it. "Mrs. Abbott's Children" are now grown and many have children of their own. She also helped manage the family business, Abbott's Printing. Throughout the 80's and 90's Barbara managed the Dental Offices of Drs. Brown and Grove in Sinking Spring, PA; Spring Valley Apartment Homes in Sinking Spring PA; and the office of the Neumann Center in Saint Joseph's Hospital in Reading, Pa. After her employments in Reading, PA, she traveled the country extensively by motor home for almost 5 years, during which time she was an employee of various State Park Systems. She re-married in Indianapolis where she worked as the office manager of the Indianapolis Zoo. Shortly after that she retired. During her retirement she frequently spent her summers, along with her husband Phil, in York England. She and Phil traveled Europe extensively. This was a great dream fulfilled. Barbara called many places home during her journey. She lived and loved on both coasts, out west, back east, in the Midwest, on the plains and in the Deep South. More permanent residences were in California, Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, South Dakota, and Florida. Throughout her life Barbara engaged in numerous pursuits. She swam competively in High School, played the accordion in the USO during WWII, learned public speaking in Toastmasters, sang with the Sweet Adeline Women's Barbershop Chorus in Reading, PA, Became a Master Gardener through the Berks County Extension Office in Pennsylvania, worked as a Tour Guide to further her traveling aspirations and, became a docent at the EitelJorg Museum in Indianapolis. She collected rocks and seashells and was an accomplished storyteller, travelling to numerous storytelling conventions around the country. She made a home in many different spiritual traditions as a decades' long member of The Unitarian Universalist Church, both in the United States and Great Britain. Barbara Blumenthal was a forty year cancer survivor. 2 Timothy 4: 7-8 Barbara Blumenthal is survived by brother, Walter Orlando, husband of Sally of Bakersfield, California, niece Wendy and nephew Randy. Also, son Edward Charles Abbott, of Quincy, FL and daughters Monica Rose Abbott, of Reading, PA, LindaMarie Nwokeji, wife of Kennedy Nwokeji, of Quincy, FL, and Anne Elizabeth Abbott, of Vermillion, SD. Grandchildren to Oma are Tarila, Kayla, Zimife, Kanene, Bailey, Micci, Zadya, Sheridan and Tracy James, Austin and Elana. A great grandchild, Kari, daughter of Kayla, was born in 2014. Predeceased are Barbara's youngest son Walter Eugene Abbott, of Shillington, PA, and husband Philip Blumenthal, of Indianapolis. Services were private. The family invites each one to celebrate Barbara's life in his or her own special way. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Charles McClellan Funeral Home of Quincy was in charge of the arrangements. "Bon Voyage," said the Man-Next-Door, "You've sailed without your crew. Oh, Captain, may the winds be kind And the skies be ever blue. May the final trip of the spun-glass ship Ride swift with the ocean swell To the land where it's Christmas all year long… And Fourth of July as well. Don Blanding 1937
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