Miriel Drew Tompkins May 1, 1936 - January 22, 2016 Pacific Beach Miriel Alice Leilani Drew was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1936. She was the youngest of two children born to Lucille Cripe and Walter Drew. She and her family survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. They were eventually relocated to Alameda and then to Encinitas where she attended San Dieguito High School with her older brother, Walter Drew. There she met her future husband, William Tompkins, of Rancho Santa Fe.Miriel and Bill were married in 1962. She studied speech therapy at San Diego State University until giving birth to their only child, Stacy. Miriel later became a legal secretary and worked for over 20 years at the local law firm of Fredman, Silverberg & Lewis. She resided in Pacific Beach for over 50 years. Throughout her adult life, Miriel battled kidney disease and became one of the longest living UCSD transplant patients. Her family will always be thankful for their wonderful care. Miriel enjoyed bridge, drama club, shopping, and cheering for her grandsons. Miriel was known for her humor, strength of spirit, courage, deep love for her family and friends, and a smile that could light up any room. She will never be forgotten. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Stacy Tompkins; her grandsons, Ryan and Kevin Zupkas; and her niece, Ms. Irene Diggs. A private celebration of life will be held. Donations may be made in her memory to the PKD Foundation at www.pkdcure.org/donate
or the San Diego Humane Society at http://www.sdhumane.org/how-you-can-help/donate/."
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Mar. 5, 2016.