Mollie Blumenthal (1911-2005)

Mollie Blumenthal was born and raised in Portland to immigrant parents: her father from Latvia and mother from Romania. Both parents had children from previous marriages and Mollie lived with a large blended family, eight children in a two bedroom house in South Portland. She attended Failing School and took classes after school in sewing and piano at the Neighborhood House. When she graduated from eighth grade she got a job as a dollar store sales girl and attended Commerce High School. After high school she worked at a law office through her brother Nate’s connections. Later she worked at Aetna Casualty for 12 years and then spent 35 years working for the Oregon Automobile Insurance Company, retiring in 1975. She never married. She followed her mother’s example as an active community volunteer.