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Lillian Abrams, 97, Administrative Assistant

January 11, 2007
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Lillian Goldberg Schwartz Abrams, 97, a longtime administrative assistant for the Home and School Council of the Philadelphia Board of Education, died Dec. 15, 2006.

A native Philadelphian, Abrams was a graduate of Gratz High School. In 1939, she started a cooperative nursery school designed to give mothers a break from their daily pressures by pooling their energies.

Several years later, Abrams helped to launch a Thursday night discussion group, where for the next 50 years, women gathered to examine issues such as child-rearing, politics, urban violence, books and new ideas about womanhood. In addition, she had also taken courses at TARP, Temple Association of Retired People.

Through her '90s, Abrams was an active fundraiser for the Deborah Heart and Lung Center and a volunteer for the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Abrams is survived by daughters Ruth Rovner and Sally Friedman; stepson Mark Abrams; three granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. She was the wife of Hymen Schwartz and Irvin Abrams, both of whom predeceased her.

Memorial contributions can be made to: the Deborah Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 820, Browns Mills, N.J. 08015.

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