NOBLE, Anna Mae On April first, shortly before midnight, Anna Mae Reidenbach Noble's world adventure ended. Born February 23, 1927 to Frederick and Frances Reidenbach, Anna Mae was raised in South Orange, New Jersey, where she graduated from Columbia High School in 1943. In July 1945, she married James Noble, and in 1946 gave birth to the first of seven children. A few years later the young couple set up home in the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia, her home for nearly fifty years. In addition to raising seven children, Anna Mae gave back to the community in a myriad of ways, including serving as PTA president and scout leader. She fought for causes she believed in and embraced challenges of all sorts. As a forty-year breast cancer survivor, she often visited women in the hospital faced with the same, and in the last few years of her life, while battling the effects of Parkinson's Disease herself, established a Parkinson's support group in Seattle. She explored artistic expressions through painting and decorating, and produced an endless supply of handknitted gifts and expertly tailored clothes. She opened her home to all types of people and animals alike: dogs, cats, parakeets, ducks, horny toads, snakes, iguanas, mice, rabbits and guinea pigs. In the 1970s Anna Mae enrolled at Pasadena City College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree. Typical of her adventuresome and frugal nature, she rode her motorcycle in "jazzy" white boots to school each day. The nest emptied, and her children scattered far and wide, so Anna Mae turned her focus in a new direction, establishing Noble Adventure Tours in 1984. She developed a successful business and loyal following, producing brochures for each adventure, handling all the details and escorting her travelers to exotic destinations on all seven continents. She trekked in the Himalayas, rode snowmobiles in the Arctic, elephants in Thailand and camels in Egypt. She river rafted, ziplined, parasailed, rode in a hot air balloon, a private helicopter and the Trans Siberian Railroad. She hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the top of Machu Picchu. She watched the Antarctic march of the Penguins in real time, stepped over blue footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands and visited an opium den in Bhutan, the Angkor Temple in Cambodia, the Pyramids in the Valley of the Kings and Mayan ruins in Central America. She climbed fences to escape the outbreak of civil war in Yugoslavia, nearly drowned in Mongolia, brought many unusual gifts for friends and family from the Soviet Union, and safaried in Africa. Her last overseas adventure took her to Cuba in 2014. In 1998, Anna Mae and Jim moved to San Clemente, California, and in 2015, relocated a last time to Seattle, Washington to be close to family in the Northwest. She continued to delight in displaying her exotic clothing and international trinkets and sharing tales from her many adventures. Anna Mae is survived by her seven children, fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren, with a fifth on the way, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim in 2010 and her sister Frances in 2015. She was a remarkable woman whose warm smile and boundless energy will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Parkinson's Disease Foundation or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research would mean the most to Anna Mae and her family.
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