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Miriam Crow Arms

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Miriam Crow Arms Obituary
Miriam Crow Arms passed away peacefully at high noon on Tuesday, December 19, at Estes Park Medical Center, after ninety years of a full life. She was born in Birmingham, AL, on Sept. 14, 1927, to Jack Crow and Jewel Markland Crow. She and her sister left home as teenagers to work for the top-secret government Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Miriam's job involved splitting the atom. What was only described to employees as building a "gadget" to shorten World War II turned out to be the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. A three-time cancer survivor, she eventually received federal compensation for radiation exposure. Miriam attended high school and college at Berea College in Berea, KY, a visionary school for Appalachian students. There she met Henry Windle Arms and married him on January 24, 1947. His career as a geologist took them to Champaign, IL, Dallas, TX, Casper, WY, Denver, CO, and Lafayette, LA. Her homes and gardens blossomed with her artistic sense. Always interested in children, Miriam worked as a substitute teacher before completing her Bachelor's Degree in Education at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1967. As a liberated woman in her 40s, Miriam worked in sales and "could sell a screen door to a submarine captain." After working for a financial institution as a traveling saleswoman, she started her own business. Throughout the early days of the computer industry, she developed and sold financial aid software for colleges and universities, based out of Dallas, Texas. She moved to Loveland in the 1990s, but after working on the 2000 census in Estes Park, the mountains drew her to "God's country." In her later years she treasured sitting by mountain streams, occasionally dropping a hook or capturing the beauty of the area on canvas. In her last years she called Good Samaritan and later Prospect Park Living Center home. Miriam lived life on her own terms. Her family and friends will remember her feisty spirit and infectious smile. She is survived by daughter Linda Arms White and son-in-law Charles Trigg White of Allenspark; daughter Sharon Arms, also of Allenspark; grandchildren James Bradley White of Hot Sulphur Springs, Robin Christine White of Pagosa Springs, Ryan Douglas White of Boulder, Katherine Lane White of Boulder, Melissa Louise Maher of San Antonio, TX, and Ezra Amédé Doucet of New Orleans, LA; great-grandchildren Rowan and Dory White, Kaden and Zane Edwards, and Sylvia Mira White of Boulder; and her beloved cat Missy II. The family expresses their gratitude to the staff of Good Samaritan, Prospect Park, and Estes Park Medical Center for their compassionate care of Miriam in the last few years. A private memorial will be held at some future date. A devoted mother and grandmother, she will be missed by all her family and friends.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Dec. 27, 2017
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