After purchasing her first doll in 1986, Barbara Boser, a Bradford resident, fell in love with their adorable faces and began the collection of a lifetime. Now, her collection will bring joy to the faces of others in more ways than one – not only will new owners be able to enjoy the dolls, but the money from their sale will benefit a local nonprofit.
Born in Bradford, Boser raised four children and served 16 years (1988 – 2004) as a McKean County District Judge.
Boser recently moved to Chapel Ridge, and in selling his house, his family had to find a new home for the more than 175 dolls housed in their own special doll room. Boser’s daughter Lisa Miller spoke with The Era about her mother and how she always seeks to help others. So the family felt it was most appropriate to donate the dolls for the benefit of the Friendship Table.
“One thing I’m proud of is that she has always helped others,” Miller said. “Her heart is so big and she always wanted to make the community better. “
Passionate about animals, flowers and dolls, Miller added that for Boser, “nothing is more important than faith and family.”
While browsing the collection, one can see dolls from brands such as Danbury Mint, Ashton Drake and Georgetown. One table houses a group of Native American dolls, while others hold babies with cherub faces, girls in Victorian dresses, and more.
With the help of his wife Terri, Ron Orris, who sits on the Friendship Table board of directors, organized the dolls in a room in Marilyn Horne Hall, donated for use by the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford.
The dolls will go on sale this Friday at an online garage sale, which will appear on the Bradford Friendship Table Facebook page, as well as Orris’ personal Facebook page. More information will be provided closer to the date. If there are any dolls left after the online sale, they will go on sale downstairs in the Horne Hall Art Room on August 13-14. Prices should range from around $ 5 to $ 30.