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Olive Mobed

December 24, 1924 May 17, 2021
Olive Mobed
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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 December 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 is survived by her three children: Parvine MacDonald and her husband Mark of Wheaton, Sue Arends and her husband Dan of River Forest, and Jim Mobed and his wife Henrike of Malvern, Pennsylvania; and by her eight grandchildren and one great grandson. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Jehangir (John) Mobed in 2018.

A celebration of a life well lived will be held on Sunday, May 23 at 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 7551 Quick Avenue in River Forest. Please be advised that masks are required.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care ( or the American Cancer Society ( in Olive’s honor.

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Celebration of Life




2:00 PM 5/23/2021 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 5/23/2021 3:00:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church - River Forest

7551 Quick Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305

First Presbyterian Church - River Forest
7551 Quick Avenue River Forest 60305 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society

PO Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care

2800 DesPlaines Ave
North Riverside, IL 60546

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