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Miriam Evans
Sperbeck
Kiebach (1922-2012) crossed from our sight at 90 years old. Born in Upper Darby, PA., Miriam earned a B.S. degree from Temple University (1944), Philadelphia. She was awarded the Red Cross Graduate Scholarship, Eastern Seaboard region, to study at Nashville School of Social Work, Vanderbilt University (1945-1947).
She married Carleton Tilghman Kiebach December 27, 1947. After serving in Louisiana with the Red Cross, they moved to Houston where Miriam became the first medical social worker for M. D. Anderson Cancer Hospital (1948). In Houston, they built Sperbeck Steel, Inc. together, designing and manufacturing the synthetic rubber processing mills used by Firestone and Goodyear.
The Kiebachs helped found and support St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (1955) in South Houston. A life-long Girl Scout, Miriam served the Tall Pines Neighborhood as a leader and as its chairman for many years. Along with the GSA Fifty Year pin, the San Jacinto Girl Scouts twice awarded her the Juliette Lowe Adult Service Award. She was a host parent with the Institute for International Education starting in 1966. Committed to service, Miriam volunteered in schools, for the March of Dimes, and many other charitable organizations.
Miriam has gone now to join her husband Carl (1921-2004), her son Carleton Robert (11/1949-12/1949), and her son Robert Carleton (1952-2005). She leaves behind her daughter Carole Miriam Smithwick-Kiebach and her grandsons Andrew David and Eric Odell, and her son William Tilghman Kiebach and her granddaughters Grace Elizabeth and Emmaline Tilghman as well as cousins and many, many friends.
Her friends are invited to a 5:30 p.m. memorial service and reception at St. Francis Episcopal Church January 2, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to San Jacinto Girl Scouts, American Red Cross, Houston Hospice, or a personal charity.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 20, 2012
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