Olive Mobed

Olive Mobed, 96, of Oak Park and River Forest, died peacefully on May 17, 2021 surrounded by her three children. Born with her twin brother on Dec. 24, 1924 in Coventry, England, to Ralph and Lily Walton, she was the youngest of six siblings. 

During World War II she was evacuated to the countryside for two years where she lived with an aunt and uncle. After the war, she graduated from nursing school and went on to attain specialties in both eye care and midwifery. She worked as a midwife in Birmingham, England before joining the World Health Organization, which took her to Iran to teach midwifery.

In Iran she met and married Jehangir (John) Mobed and started a family. In 1963 they moved to the U.S. where John completed additional graduate work while Olive worked in obstetrics departments at hospitals in Boston, Washington D.C., and Jacksonville, Florida. She, John, and their now three children, moved to River Forest in 1969. Once the children were older, she returned to work in the obstetrics department of West Suburban Hospital until her retirement in 1986, and then continued to serve as a volunteer at the hospital for another 20 years.

An adventurous traveler, she toured much of Europe as well as more exotic locales, including Egypt and Nepal. She was an enthusiastic reader, tennis player, pianist, and — as part of a local charity group that supported the British Home — a “Daughter of the British Empire.” She was a member of the Berean Bible Students Church in Lombard and later a member of First Presbyterian Church of River Forest.

A devoted mother and grandmother, Olive Mobed is survived by her three children, Parvine MacDonald and her husband Mark, Sue Arends and her husband Dan, and Jim Mobed and his wife Henrike; and her eight grandchildren and one great grandson. She was predeceased by her husband Jehangir (John) Mobed in 2018.

A celebration of a life well lived was held on May 23, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care (https://www.caledoniaseniorliving.org/fundraising/donate/) or the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/) in Olive’s honor.

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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