Mim Lasswell

March 19th, 1927July 7th, 2015

Mildred "Mim" Gullhild Lasswell, 88, died peacefully on July 7, 2015 at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community surrounded by loved ones. A woman of many interests, Mim loved swimming, opera, bicycling, hiking, dolphins, painting, and her family. She was a creative inspiration to many and lived fully her motto --"Love Life!" Mim was born on March 19, 1927 in Kelvyn Park, Chicago. In high school, she was president of the Honors Society, news editor of the student newspaper, and a war bond saleswoman. She was awarded a DAR medal for her service and loyalty to her country. She was given a scholarship to the University of Chicago from the American Daughters of Sweden Club to study botany. Her true calling-physical education-was discouraged so she left the university and became an air hostess for Trans World Airlines. While working for TWA in Kansas City, Mim met her future husband, Harold, on a blind date on Valentine's Day. Three weeks later, Harold proposed while they were riding on a street car. They married in 1950 and settled in Western Michigan where Harold worked as an Osteopathic physician. They raised four daughters along the shores of Lake Michigan where the family enjoyed sailing and swimming. In 1981, they moved to Fort Lyons, CO where Harold worked for the VA. In 1986, they retired and moved to Boulder, then to Frasier Meadows Independent Living in 2007. Mim enjoyed many lifelong artistic pursuits. These included oil painting, quilting, dress making, refinishing furniture, and singing in the church choir. Mim designed the family home in Norton Shores and hauled enormous driftwood from the beach into her front garden. She rescued exotic flowers from bulldozers and found treasures at auctions and yard sales to bring to life. Mim adored the color blue. A woman of strong social conscience, Mim was an early activist in the pro-choice movement in the 1960's and served as president of the Muskegon chapter of Planned Parenthood for many years. When two of her daughters left for college, Mim offered to take in a teenage girl, Debbie, who needed a home. The family fostered Debbie for four years, after which Debbie married her high school sweetheart and raised two daughters. Now a grandmother, Debbie recalls that "Everything that I learned in life that was good, I learned from Mim." Mim was passionate about music. She studied voice throughout her adult years and sang alto at Fountain Street Unitarian Church, Grand Rapids, MI for decades. She loved the Colorado Music Festival, Brahms, Elgar, and Rachmaninoff. In her later years, opera became her passion. Her daughter Amy Kreizberg and late son-in-law Yakov Kreizberg conducted many operas and Mim often flew to see their performances. She named the family golden retriever "Tosca." Mim's love of sports and the outdoors increased with age. As a teenager, she won swimming and diving medals. By the 1960s, she was the first housewife to jog in her suburban neighborhood. Through the years, she became an accomplished scuba diver, slalom water skier, and downhill skier. After moving to Boulder, she climbed 14ers, learned orienteering, went on camping expeditions with the Colorado Mountain Club, and biked with the Old Wheelers, eventually bike touring in Eastern Europe and across Italy. Wherever she traveled, she would seek out cold lakes, throw herself in, and try to swim across. Mim's friends remember her for her treasure hunt parties. She would devise rhyming riddles with clues that would send teams searching around town going clue to clue. She was an adventurous and creative inspiration to many and will be remembered for her zest for life. At moments of gratitude she would share her favorite prayer: "Blessed be the ties of love that bind us together, bringing meaning and worth to all our days." She is survived by her four daughters: Susan Pruitt of Superior, Catherine Lasswell of Boulder, Amy Kreizberg of New York, and Peggy Lasswell of Niwot, as well as grandsons Scott Tietzel and Daniel Kreizberg. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold L. Lasswell, son-in-law Yakov Kreizberg, grandson David A. Kreizberg, and two brothers, Leroy G. Anderson and Clarence A. Anderson. A Celebration of Mim's Life will take place on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. at Frasier Meadows Sky Lounge.

Published in www.dailycamera.com/ on Aug. 2, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailycamera/obituary.aspx?n=mildred-las...

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A Celebration of Mim's Life will take place on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. at Frasier Meadows Sky Lounge.

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Mims we loved our years together with you and Harold as our neighbors on Poplar Ave. Rest in Peace.