Dorothy “Mimi” Stoltzfus Bard, 100, of Lewes, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday July 2, 2022 at Cadia Healthcare Renaissance in Millsboro. Previously, she resided at Brandywine Senior Living in Rehoboth Beach for nine years, where she had many friends, residents and staff. She was born on September 8, 1921 in Atglen, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late J. Elmer and the late Dora (Smoker) Stoltzfus.
Mimi had many varied interests and hobbies. She loved ballroom dancing and made all her own dresses for competitions, playing bingo and winning a car in 1972, solving word search puzzles, crocheting and looking at pictures of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. -children. His devotion to his family comes first, however. Time spent with those she treasured the most was what she treasured the most. Mimi always enjoyed her daily conversations with her sister, Effie, where they talked for hours about anything and everything, including the Philadelphia Phillies.
She once said that she had only two regrets in life: that she had not finished high school and that she had spanked her children too much, even though her children never thought it was really a spanking. However, Mimi was assured by her peers that her children needed more discipline, not less. She also overcame her lack of formal education by reading voraciously and traveling the world from Anchorage, Alaska to Munich, Germany as a military wife for over 20 years. Mimi was the stabilizing force in the family. Loved by many, she will be deeply missed by all who had the chance to know her.
In addition to her parents, Mimi was predeceased by her husband, LTC Harry E. Bard; and her three younger sisters, Evanna, Effie and Lena. She is survived by her children, Michael D. Bard of Hyde Park, Vermont, Harry E. Bard of Millinocket, Maine, and Gwen B. Moriarty (Dennis) of Lewes; his eight grandchildren; and his 14 great-grandchildren.
Final care for Mimi has been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Services will be held in the near future privately for the family at Arlington National Cemetery.
Visit Mimi’s Life Memorial webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at parsellfuneralhomes.com.