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Miriam Bossard Theobald


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Miriam Bossard Theobald Obituary
Miriam (Mim) Bossard Theobald - 108 years of age Mim passed away peacefully during the early morning hours on Sunday, January 29, 2017 after a brief illness, at Abbington Lansdale, PA hospital. She was in telephonic communication with her daughter as she passed. A memorial service was held in her honor at Normandy Farms Estates, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania on February 3, 2017. Mim was born in Toledo Ohio on December 10, 1908 to parents Ada Richer and John W. Bossard. They moved to Peru, Indiana shortly thereafter, and Mim attended Peru public schools. Mim was a reporter of sports and social events for the high school newspaper and graduated as class valedictorian. She attended Northwestern University in Chicago and belonged to the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Mim was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa sorority in 1931. She married Peru IN resident Oscar (Bill) J. Theobald, Jr. in 1932 after he graduated from Purdue University. They shared a love of mountaineering, nature, and photography. During their marriage of 63 years, they lived in 11 states, exploring parks and wildlife preserves, taking photographs. They joined camera clubs participating in photo competitions, giving slide shows of their travels, participating in annual bird counts, and leading hikes for birding groups. They took over 80,000 photographic slides of nature and wildlife in all 50 United States and the Caribbean Islands, and reached a lifetime record of seeing and identifying 600 birds. Mim and Bill had two children, Katherine and Anthony. During the 1950’s, when Mim lived in Baltimore MD, she led a Cub Scout troop and a Girl Scout troop. She participated in National Audubon Society chapters and volunteered at nature and conservation organizations. After moving to Normandy Farms Estates in 1995, Mim gave nature talks and slide shows to children, to continuing education students, and seniors. She volunteered at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association leading bird-a-thons, hikes, cleaning up the creek and welcoming visitors. Mim was also a member and volunteer at Ambler Presbyterian church. She will be remembered for her profound strength of character, generosity of spirit, her love of nature, and, not least, her laughter. Mim is survived by her daughter, Katherine Theobald Katz and her granddaughter, Kimberley Anne Theobald, and many, many loving hearts. She was predeceased by her husband Bill and her son Anthony. As a remembrance, contributions may be made in the name of Mim Theobald to the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA), www.wvwa.org/news, or 12 Morris Rd, Ambler PA 19002-5499.
Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Mar. 12, 2017
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