Miriam B Griffith
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January 18, 1937 - December 17, 2013
Miriam Spears was raised on an apple orchard in LaGrande, Oregon, the fourth of seven children. She fell in love with David Griffith during high school at Gem State Academy, Caldwell, and they married soon after graduation, in 1956.
After their first baby was born, they moved to the Walla Walla Valley (Washington), where three more daughters were added to the family. Dave and Miriam were photographers for years with two studios, and later moved back to Caldwell to be closer to grandparents.
When their youngest daughter went to college, so did Dave and Miriam, all three aiming for art degrees. Not long later, the couple moved from Boise State University to Texas to continue studies, where Miriam earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Women's University, and also completed course work for her Master of Arts. She was an awesome artist, frustrating other younger, more competitive students.
Miriam had an eye for color and design in anything she touched, could tie the perfect bow and made the simplest meals a beautiful banquet. She was an illustrator, a painter and a potter, and worked with many other art forms. She loved her Lord, served faithfully in her church in many capacities, and had an open warm heart for children of all ages and anyone in need. Miriam was a blessing to all, and is already greatly missed. She died with family beside her, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
She is survived by her husband, Dave, of Caldwell; her four daughters Arline Nash of Walla Walla, Washington; Lora Hendrickson of Pendleton, Oregon; Deanna Washington of Brisbane, California; and Lia (Linda) Griffith of Portland; seven grandsons; and four granddaughters.
Miriam's memorial service will be held at the Caldwell Seventh-day Adventist Church (on the corner of Linden and Indiana) on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 3 pm, where her own original stained glass work graces the sanctuary.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 22, 2014