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Miriam (also known as Miriam Stoll, Miriam Taylor, Miriam Petrie and Miriam Newman), died on July 29, 2014 at the age of 89 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Miriam was born on January 5, 1925 in Englewood, New Jersey.
Miriam's passion was journalism. Inspired by a journalism seminar at Columbia University, she went to work at The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey after graduating from Teaneck High School in 1942. She began as one of the first women reporters at the newspaper, and later became editor of the women's pages, and eventually what was called the Lifestyle section. Her career at The Record spanned more than forty years, from 1942 to 1989.
Before her retirement, Miriam engaged in her other defining passion: serving her community through helping those less fortunate than herself. While living in Hackensack, New Jersey, she volunteered with an interfaith group which focused on providing shelter and support services to the homeless. When she moved to Vermont after her retirement, she volunteered as a guardian ad litem for children. She also regularly volunteered in church and community activities, and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand.
At age sixty-five, Miriam married a childhood sweetheart, Robert "Bob" Clay Burgess and moved to his home in Arlington, Vermont. Miriam and Bob had dated when they were young and went their separate ways until he came looking for her more than forty years later. His energy and enthusiasm matched hers. They were married in December of 1991 and spent a wonderful fifteen years together--traveling, taking pictures, and participating actively in their community--until his death in 2006. Miriam moved to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2007 to be closer to her daughters. There she became a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and spent time with her extended family.
Miriam will be greatly missed by her daughters, Susan Ekstrom and Kathy Taylor of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Anne Taylor of Irving, Texas. Miriam is also survived by four grandchildren, Jeffrey Nelson of Shreveport, Louisiana; Sara Hall of Shenzhen, China; Rachel Gable of Richmond, Virginia; and David Fredriks of San Diego, California. Miriam was blessed with six great-grandsons: Stephen, Sawyer, and John Claude Nelson; Edmund "Ned" and Martin Gable; Connor Hall; and one great-granddaughter, Ellie Fredriks. Miriam was also fortunate to have two step-children, Robert Burgess of Dorset, Vermont and Gail Burgess of Wayne, Pennsylvania, and two step-grandchildren, David and Catherine Burgess, of Dorset, Vermont.
A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 7, 2014 at 2 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 6012 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105 or to Marginal Way Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 1455, Ogunquit, ME 03907-1455.
Published in The Record from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2014
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