Mary E. Imboden

Homemaker, volunteer

October 25, 2007

Mary E. "Muff" Imboden, a homemaker and volunteer, died of Alzheimer's disease Friday at her Ruxton home. She was 80.

Mary Ellen Sawyers was born and raised in Centerville, Iowa, and was a 1945 graduate of St. Timothy's School, then in Catonsville.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in 1949, she married Dr. Robert Coffee, who died several months later.

A resident of Ruxton since 1954, Mrs. Imboden was a longtime volunteer with the Baltimore Association for Mental Health and the Fellowship of Lights.

She also was an enthusiastic supporter of the archaeological digs and study at Mount Clare, the Carroll Park home of Charles Carroll the Barrister.

She was a member of the boards of Goucher College and the William G. Baker Memorial Fund, which was established by her aunt, Mary S. Baker.

Mrs. Imboden, who was described by her daughter, Connie E. Imboden of Baltimore, as having an "adventurous streak," was 15 when she earned her pilot's license.

"As an adult, her love of travel took her to many exotic places, including Madagascar, Siberia, Indonesia, Tunisia, the Arctic, India, China and Bhutan," Ms. Imboden said.

She was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave. in Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 3.

Also surviving are a son, Dr. John B. Imboden Jr. of San Francisco; a brother, Dr. John L. Sawyers of Nashville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren. Her marriage to Dr. John B. Imboden ended in divorce.

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