Muriel Louise Hustedt passed away on January 7 at The Tenacre Foundation in Princeton.
“Mumu,” as she was often called by friends, family, and colleagues alike, was born on March 6, 1921 to Henry and Emma M. Dritchell Zoll of Elmhust, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, with a minor in philosophy, from Wagner College on Staten Island, where she was “Miss Wagner 1941.” After doing a season of summer stock in Stony Creek, Connecticut, she briefly considered an acting career until a Broadway agent told her “You’re much too nice for that.” Instead, she went to work in Saks Fifth Avenue’s chichi "dog toggery" department, where customers included Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra, before marrying her college sweetheart, Harry R. Hustedt, Jr. When the marriage ended in divorce eleven years later, she moved to Lakeland, Florida, and worked in retail at Maas Brothers.
Always passionately interested in religion, Mumu was a spiritual seeker until being introduced by a Lakeland neighbor to Christian Science. She never looked back. In 1963, she moved to Princeton to study Christian Science nursing at The Tenacre Foundation, where she worked as a devoted Christian Science nurse for the next 47 years then remained as a guest.
Survived by daughter Barbara and son-in-law Douglas Crook of Manasquan, granddaughter Katherine Amanda (Kate) Crook of Brattleboro, VT, sister Shirley Petit of Aix en Provence, France, niece Carol Ann Komly of Paris, France, and nephews Paul Petit of Seattle, Daniel Petit of Grosse Pointe, MI, and Michael Petit of Hong Kong, Mumu was beloved for her joie de vivre, generosity, and keen sense of humor. She enjoyed laughing and made sure the people around her did a lot of it.