Miriam Burgess

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Miriam Burgess

SHREVEPORT, LA - Miriam Burgess died 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. A journalism seminar at Columbia University sparked her interest while she was in high school. After she graduated from Teaneck High School, she went to work at The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey. She began as a reporter and later became editor of the women's pages, and eventually what was called the Lifestyle section. Her career at The Record spanned from 1942 to 1989.

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.

The family would like to thank the staff of Emeritus at Shreveport, Heritage Manor Stratmore, and Hospice of Shreveport/Bossier for the care and support during Miriam's last years.

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. 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 Shreveport Times on Aug. 3, 2014
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