MOUNT VERNON — Miriam Louise Grimm joyfully joined her Lord on Dec. 12, 2013.
Born near Florence, Kan., on Jan. 19, 1925, to Albert and Mamie (Wehry) Pierson. Because of the Depression and Dust Bowl, Miriam’s family moved 30 times before she graduated, at 16, in 1941 — moves that developed her ability to make friends easily and to fully adopt York and Mount Vernon as her later homes. Miriam and her mother shared a special bond — an influence across many challenging times, and even after her mother’s passing, that created a loving, wise, kind and patient Christian woman.
Married Jennings Bryan “J.B.” Grimm Jr., on June 12, 1948. They met at a Y-dance in York, and “would rather dance than eat.” J.B. passed into the House of the Lord on Nov. 15, 2006. They lived primarily in Pennsylvania. Lived in Gambier (1992-2001), before moving to Cross Keys Village in New Oxford, Pa.
Miriam was a secretary (1941-1990). Employers, her family, and others benefited from Miriam’s spiritual nature and meticulous research and organizational skills. She expanded children’s horizons by teaching about other cultures in interesting ways. She was a skilled, tenacious, and generous genealogist. Miriam had a strong sense of justice and patriotism, partly reflected in her engaging talks on the First Ladies.
Miriam and J.B. were “word and book” people. Miriam was an avid photographer; family remembers many special people and events because they were lovingly recorded on film by her. Natural sciences, including geology, trees and plants (especially Mom’s roses), the night sky, and storms, were particularly enjoyed in the Grimm home.
She and J.B. organized a Children’s Church Hour at Grace Methodist Church (York) in the 1950s. They later volunteered at the OES Home in Mount Vernon. Miriam shared her Christ-centered joy for life and creative spirit as a certified lay speaker and Sunday School teacher; as a dynamic Girl Scout troop leader; as Personnel Officer for Civil Air Patrol for 20 years; as Secretary of Missions for Gay Street U.M. Church; and as a 50-year OES member.
Miriam is survived by Norman (Vickie) Grimm of Manassas, Va.; Carol (Lynn) Larimer of Columbus, Ohio; and grandchildren, Justin, Chelsea and Paul of Manassas.
In lieu of flowers, please support Heifer International or Doctors Without Borders in Miriam’s memory.
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