Diane Mirsky Scholnick shared a wonderful story with us about her adventurous mother, Dorothy Mirsky:
“My mother, Dorothy Mirsky, one of your long time “Adventure Women,” recently passed away in Chicago on Feb. 1, 2010 at age 88. Only 2 weeks before, we discovered she had pancreatic cancer, and we are grateful that she did not suffer long.
You may not know this but AdventureWomen was a very important part of her life. She proudly talked about all of her trips to anyone who would listen. My mother loved to travel and see foreign places. You enabled her to live out her dreams, long after most of her peers had stopped traveling. She kept detailed scrapbooks of each one of her adventures—Africa (twice), Indonesia, Montana, and France. My sister (Caren Brown), cousin (Barbara Osborn) and I (Diane Scholnick) were fortunate to accompany her on her last trip with you [in 2005 down the Burgundy Canal in France] on the barge, Lorraine. By then she was 83, and having trouble walking. So we carried her wheel chair with us, and took turns pushing it over the cobblestone streets at each stop along the way. She was determined to make one more trip with you, even if it required her family to support her. Of course, your staff were all very helpful and made our adventure a real vacation, too.
Dorothy’s legacy to her grandchildren and nieces and nephews became very clear at her funeral. All talked about loving and respecting her adventuresome spirit. And all acknowledged learning from her the value of never being afraid of trying new things, meeting new people and finding ways of living out your dreams and interests.
Thank you for being a part of that legacy. We will all miss her.”
– Diane Mirsky Scholnick, 2010