Miriam Russell Burns
1923 ~ 2014
Miriam Russell Burns, 91, died peacefully July 11, 2014, in Meridian.
Miriam was known for her kind spirit, generous nature, exceptional hospitality, and life-long friendships. Born February 28, 1923, in Boise, Idaho, she was the only daughter of Ben C. and Alice I. Russell. She grew-up in Boise and graduated from Boise High School. She attended the University of Washington before marrying Murray W. Burns. Miriam loved her family and dedicated her life to them, raising her five children, caring for her parents and husband, and being "Mimi" to her grandchildren.
Throughout her lifetime, Miriam was an active volunteer for many organizations that helped people in need and shaped the quality of life in Boise, including, the Junior League of Boise, St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary and Senior Life, and the Boise Art Museum Da Vinci Guild. She enjoyed playing bridge, gathering monthly with the same group of ladies for more than fifty years. Miriam was a long-time member of the Hillcrest Country Club, played golf and bowled in the club's league. She was a member of Cole Community Church and Women's Bible Study Fellowship.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Fred Lyon of Pocatello; a daughter, Judy Burns of Boise; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Burns of Caldwell; a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Bob Camp of Boise; a daughter, Carole Carr of Boise; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben C. and Alice I. Russell, her husband Murray W. Burns, her brother Bert Russell, and her son Murray Burns, Jr.
A grave side funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, July 16, at Dry Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Home.
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 15, 2014