Miriam London, age 90, of South Dartmouth, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 2.
Miriam was born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Jenny and Morris Handler. One of 11 children, she remained close to her siblings throughout her life. She was happily married twice. Her first husband was Stanley Gilbert, whose sudden death at 37 left her to raise their three sons alone. Her second husband was District Court Judge Jack London, who died in 1996 after 25 years with Miriam.
She lived a long and active life, and, as her friends and family knew so well, she was remarkably strong. She pushed through tragedies, including the deaths of both parents in the same weekend when she was 15, with courage and determination. She was also armed with a great sense of humor, as well as a solid golf swing. She loved her morning coffee crowd, and her regular dinners with dear friends.
Miriam is survived by three sons, James, David, and Matthew, son-in-law Thomas McNaught, and two step-daughters, Martha Nephew and Joan Orlofsky. She remained close to her devoted –brother-in-law Harvey Mickelson and sisters-in-law Lois Handler and Selma Handler, and many, many loving nieces and nephews.
A service will be held on Tuesday, May 4, at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 11 a.m. Masks are required. Visiting hours are at Miriam’s home on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Miriam’s memory may be made to Tifereth Israel Synagogue, c/o the Handler Family Endowment Fund, 145 Brownell Ave., New Bedford, MA 02740.