Breast cancer struck her very early and unhappily she had to have both breasts removed. But, despite this threat to her life she remained very positive, and secondary spread of the disease was delayed for many years. Its final re-appearance had a devastating effect, and she died aged 79 years. Two Harlands – K (1919) and Simon (1959) - attended her funeral.
Miriam Drummond (Bimby) Harland - Mrs. John Conant b. 21 November 1923 m. 10 January 1953 Atlanta Ga.
d. 22 January 2003 Atlanta Ga.
Jack’s only child, Bimby was an avid athlete in high school and during her first
two years of college at Western College for Women in Ohio. She swam competitively
and was on the basketball team. She completed her last two years of college at the
University of Georgia, with a business major. She was widely travelled, having visited
Ireland on many occasions; her first trip over was in 1933, when her liveliness and
vivacity dazzled her country cousins.
Bimby with the twins in Ireland 1933
She worked in various jobs until she married John in 1953. Caring for him and their
daughter Margaret (b.1955) became a full-time occupation. She had always been an
active volunteer with a number of charitable causes, including serving for a number
of years as Vice Chairman of the board of Egleston Hospital for Children. She was
one of six trustees of her father’s and mother’s charitable Foundation. Bimby was
very generous to the Arts at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta where she served on
the Board. Here efforts resulted in the building of the Conant Theater there. Her
other philanthropies were extensive, particularly through her work at Egleston Hospital
for Children, where she was a volunteer for over 50 years, eventually serving on
the Board of Trustees.