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Miriam Hoke Bell Dluhosh

Miriam Hoke Bell Dluhosh

Miriam Hoke Bell Dluhosh, age 88, peacefully passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012 in Auburn, Washington. She was born March 29, 1924 in Wenatchee, Washington. She was preceded in death on August 26, 2012 by her husband of nearly 68 years, Arnold E. Dluhosh. She is survived by her daughter Karen Dluhosh, her sons James A. Dluhosh and William H. Dluhosh, her granddaughter Burnley Converse Dluhosh, and son-in-law, Phil Converse.

Miriam was a loving mother, grandmother, mother-in-law and gracious lady, always putting people at ease and finding the good in them. A kind word, a smile, asking after those who were most important in our lives. From an early age she played the piano; learning from her mother who was an excellent pianist in her own right. In the early 1940's, before settling into marriage, Miriam attended Washington State College in Pullman, Washington for three years studying music. She spent over thirty years raising her family and teaching piano to many students of all ages. Singing in the Auburn Methodist Church choir was a joy for many years.

Her passion for music (especially the piano), dancing and its pleasures she enjoyed to the end. She once wrote - "When I want to simplify my thoughts - I play Haydn; When I want to comfort myself and lift my mood, I play Mozart; When I need strength in my life, I play Beethoven; When I need strength and resolution of conflict in my life, I play Bach; and when I want to indulge ... for about 20 minutes... I play Chopin." We will remember the times she played for us with great warmth.

Miriam's family would like to thank the amazing staff at Auburn Meadows Memory Care services for the support and personal care provided during the past eighteen months of her life. We would also extend our thanks to the Franciscan Health System for their wonderful hospice services during these past few months. Private funeral arrangements are being made by Yahn & Son, Auburn, WA. In memory of their sixty-seven years of marriage, private memorial services are planned for Miriam and Arnold in 2013.

Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 9, 2012
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