Miriam Grace "Grandma" Carpenter, of Hull (formerly of Lima, Ohio, and Bradenton, Fla.), began her dance on streets of gold at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2013.
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Whether it was through her stories, smile, wit, or passion for life, we have all been BLESSED to celebrate almost 98 years with one of the most special and stately ladies on the planet.
Miriam was born November 15, 1915, to C. Obe Holmes and Grace Fetter Holmes. She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Carpenter Sr.; brother, Burdette Holmes; and sister, Helen Frobase. Surviving family includes a son, James M. (Deloris) Carpenter Jr., of Palmetto, Fla.; grandson, James M. (Lisa) Carpenter III, of Hull; granddaughter, Miriam L. Carpenter, of Bradenton, Fla.; and five beloved great-grandchildren: Shalin, MacLean, Matthias, Micah, and Mackenzie.
Miriam was a 1937 graduate of Lima Memorial Nursing School and served her country in World War II as an army nurse in Fort Knox, Ky. In 1956, the family established Telephone Answering Service and Carpenter Radio Company, where Miriam diligently worked until her retirement. In the 1960s, Miriam also developed the Lima Bureau of Nursing Service, where she contracted private duty nurses. Upon retirement to Florida, she worked at Senior Staff agency, and when she moved to Georgia at the age of 85, she volunteered over 10,000 hours at Compass Church.
Miriam was a 33-year breast cancer survivor as well as a member of several professional organizations over the years: the Elks, the Registered Nurses Association, and the Association of Answering Services. She was a member of Market Street Presbyterian Church, in Lima, Ohio; Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, in Sarasota, Fla.; and Compass Church, in Athens.
Miriam was a gentle, grateful spirit full of life, charm, and knowledge. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
"Thank God who gives us VICTORY over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Visitation will be held beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, at Lord & Stephens East, in Athens, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Miriam requested that donations be made to Compass Church, 234 Old Epps Bridge Rd., Athens, GA 30606; or online at www.compasschurch.com.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home East, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home - East Chapel
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Athens, GA 30605
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Sept. 7, 2013