Miriam Hoover
1913 - 2018
{ "" }
Share
Share Miriam's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
After a life well lived for 104 years, Miriam U. Hoover passed away at her home in Palm Springs on March 6th, 2018. Miriam was born in Humboldt, MI on November 1, 1913, the daughter of Justina and Tuomas Ulvinen. She grew up with 8 sisters and three brothers on the family farm. She worked as a governess and then married H. Earl Hoover (1890-1985) who was her best friend and the love of her life. They traveled the world together and enjoyed every moment of their life together. Miriam always led an active life. She loved opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre. She was an active member and supporter of various churches, charities and social service and educational programs. She was a trustee for; Seabury Western Theological Seminary, Episcopal Charities, The Living Desert, Palm Springs Art Museum, and Bishop Anderson House. As a philanthropist she supported many agencies not only in the Chicago area, but throughout the country and world. She had a devout faith and was supportive and loving of her family and their extended families. She loved getting together with family and reliving memories of her life with her sisters and brothers. She always enjoyed the family reunion in Michigan with 4 generations of the family getting together with her. Family was always important to Miriam. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Earl, her parents, her brothers and sisters and their spouses, stepsons Gordon, Jack and Bob and daughter-in-laws, Carol, Nancy and Bea. Miriam is survived by; Michael A Leppen, her nephew, companion and best friend, her stepson and friend H. Earl Hoover II(Barbara), her step-grandchildren Gordon Hoover II, Wendy Chandler, Diana Filkins(Rick), Michael Hoover(Janis), Tim Hoover(Debra), Elizabeth Tapia(Richard), Courtney Cummings(John), John Hoover and Robert Hoover II(Candace). Also by great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. Miriam will be buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Chicago next to her husband Earl A memorial will be held at St. Paul's in the Desert, Palm Springs on March 17th at 11 a.m. After the service, there will be a luncheon reception at Le Vallauris. There will also be a Memorial Service in Chicago at the Cathedral of St. James on April 28th at 11a.m. A luncheon reception will be served at the Drake Hotel, Gold Coast Room following the service.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Chicago Tribune from Mar. 11 to Mar. 15, 2018.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
MAR
17
Memorial service
11:00 AM
St. Paul's in the Desert
APR
28
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Cathedral of St. James
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
38 entries
March 9, 2020
Year after year we recall Miriam's Christ-like gentle but strong example of caring for others, both on and near Bois Blanc Island and Mackinac Island, and beyond. We will recall and celebrate our annual visits with Miriam on both islands forever. Her impish vit was off the charts.
Chuk Kleber
March 5, 2020
Barbara Wisbey
March 5, 2020
Miriam was a very special loving person, I think of her of her often. She is truly missed! Sending love!

Dick Taylor
Dick Taylor
March 4, 2020
Mis ever in our hearts and prayers. Dorothy and Vittorio Laudati
Dorothy Laudati
Friend
April 26, 2018
A classy and beloved lady moves on from this world.
Seamas O'Driscoll
April 24, 2018
FTD® Eternal Affection™ Arrangement
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
a loved one
April 18, 2018
Friends here in London send wishes of affectionate sympathy as we remember this great woman of faith and generosity. Rise glory!
Fr Jim Rosenthal
April 2, 2018
We are very sorry to hear about this great lady . We knew her on Bois Blanc Island, the years she was there. She done many great things and was a caring person. We will miss her.

The family of Connie Twigg and the Feeley family.
Love and hugs to all.
Connie Twigg
March 29, 2018
My sincere condolences for your loss. As you endure this difficult time of sorrow, please turn to the Most High God for comfort as his word assures us at Jeremiah 29:12,13 "you will call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."
March 27, 2018
She was a loving and gracious lady. I knew her when a student and part-time staff person at Seabury-Western.
The Rev. Marnie Silk-Wright
March 27, 2018
The Rev. Marnie Silk-Wright
March 26, 2018
Over a period of years, we in Trinity Episcopal on nearby Mackinac Island were blessed to spend time with Miriam, Father Philip Chester (from London, UK) and Miriam's friends on Miriam's Michigan island, Bois Blanc. Miriam loved Bois Blanc and her church there, and she loved coming via her "launch" to Mackinac,to lunch, to have horse & carriage tours, and to just talk with us hour after hour. She was an extraordinary & exemplary gracious disciple of Christ, and such a supportive Episcopalian. We will always miss our annual visits on one island or the other.
Chuk Kleber
March 16, 2018
Barbara Wisbey
March 16, 2018
Michael, Bud and Barbara,
All of us travel through life leaving earth a bit better for being here...but Miriam and Earl left behind gigantic footsteps. Without their help from the very beginning, The Living Desert would not be the beloved institution it is today. Their support for educating the next generation and building this desert zoo and gardens into a world-class facility is immeasurable and all The Living Desert's family and friends are deeply indebted to the entire Hoover family. Rest in peace, dear Miriam.
Jan Hawkins, Director of Development
March 16, 2018
It has been and honor with joy to have known Miriam. Sitting with her at dinners, enjoying her humor and experiencing her caring and giving attitude was truly a pleasure. I'm sending love and appreciation to Michael and all her family for permitting me to know Miriam!

Sincerely,

Dick Taylor
Dick Taylor
March 15, 2018
It has been such a privilege and honour to have known this remarkable, redoubtable lady. She was a force for good, passionate about her faith and living her life with a strong sense of what is right and decent. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Philip Chester
March 15, 2018
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
March 15, 2018
Our sincere sympathies to Miriam Ulvinen Hoover's family. My Father Bernhardt Rosten from Humboldt, was Miriam's cousin and had ten children. I still have the high school graduation card she sent me with her best wishes. I didn't get to know her as that is how it goes in life sometimes, but I appreciated the kind words she expressed to me in the graduation card she sent me back in 1978, and our brief meetings during family reunions. Affectionately, (Miriam used this word as well, when signing my graduation card) Regina (Rosten) Kyllonen & husband Jeff
Regina (Rosten) Kyllonen
March 15, 2018
Miriam will be so missed on Bois Blanc Island every summer season she such awareness of sharing and caring for everyone. It is a chapter now closed for all in the Pines. She and Earl were so kind to all all us and anyone knowing them will agree. Dick used to be in and out of her home many years ago when he and Earl's son, Bud, were buddies. Miriam's attention to details around the Church and Community Building were uppermost in her life as the Hoover's were dedicated to community their entire life in Chicago, Palm Springs, and on the Island. It was delightful seeing her step down her ladder at her dock to take her morning swim. So often she could be seen pushing Earl out onto the porch to enjoy the sun. When they opened their Island cottage to cocktail parties, you knew it was going to be a lovely experience. Miriam's attention to what was necessary at some event in the Community Building always impressed me. Michael was her caring and sharing friend and he always saw to her every need. Miriam was so generous taking a few of us gals to Mackinaw Island with her in the "General" for the afternoon. Her devotion to the Church will leave a huge void for all who knew her on BBI, Chicago, and Palm Springs. One cannot imagine the loss Michael will have to endure.
Pat & Dick Card
March 14, 2018
She had a great love of Bois Blanc Island...we all truly loved her and will miss her!
Jayni Sims
March 14, 2018
Miriam touched so many people in her long, loving life! We will miss her every summer on the island in MI. Where she is an icon.
Rich and Betty Goodin
March 13, 2018
So sorry to lose such a wonderful person. Her legacy will live on forever. I know Michael will really miss her as will many other people. R.I.P. Miriam.
Penny Rickwalt
March 13, 2018
She will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kathy and zRex Lamb
March 13, 2018
She is up there with Earl and he is taking her hand and saying
"shall we?"
jeff bennett
March 13, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends of this lovely lady.

There will never be anyone like her and the world will seem a lot more empty without her.

She was a one in a million.
Jeff Bennett
March 12, 2018
My condolences to your family during this difficult time. May the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 comfort your family.
March 12, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear that our Dear Aunt, Mrs. Miriam U. Hoover, had passed away. She was always a wonderful, caring, generous and lovely person whom we dearly loved. Our heartfelt condolences to all the family and may God give you strength in this time sorrow and loss. From the Jackola Family
Thor Jackola
March 12, 2018
Congratualtions Miriam on a beautiful life, well lived; your presence among those left behind will be sorely missed. Deepest sympathies to Michael and family.
Kevin McKelvie
March 12, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort because he cares for you. 1Peter 5:6-7
March 12, 2018
My sincere condolences to the Family for your loss. May God comfort you during this difficult time of sorrow and pain.
R.H.
March 12, 2018
To Ms Miriam's family, May God bless and comfort you and the many fond memories bring a measure of joy. My heartfelt sympathy to you.
J Thompson
March 12, 2018
Dear Michael, We are very saddened to hear about Miriam's death. Our heartfelt sympathy to you, the other members of her family and loved ones. She was an exceptional person in every way and will be greatly missed by us all. In faith, Dorothy and Vittorio Laudati
Dorothy & Vittorio Laudati
March 12, 2018
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)
S H
March 12, 2018
My sincere sympathy to you for the loss of your loved one . May the memories and the love you shared with her forever be in your hearts .
March 12, 2018
My deepest condolences to your family in time of sorrow. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always and may the support of family and friends help you through your grief. May your family find comfort in the comfort that God give in his written words Ps 116:15
March 12, 2018
May you all have the strength you need at this time of sorrow, Phillipians 4:13.- Philadelphia.
March 12, 2018
My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 will bring comfort.
March 10, 2018
Dear Michael, Earl and Barbara we are so saddened to hear of your loss and offer our deepest condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. Matthew 5:4
David and Althea
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences