Miriam R. Wagner

September 22, 1927 ‒ June 01, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

Miriam Ruth (Jeffers) Wagner passed away peacefully in her home at Willowbrook Retirement Community in Delaware, Ohio, on June 1, 2016. She was 88.

She was born to Emma Ruth (Krohn) Jeffers and Chauncey E. Jeffers in her aunt’s home in Grelton, Ohio, on September 22, 1927.  She trained at Bethesda School of Nursing in Cincinnati, became a top surgical nurse at Ohio State University Hospital and spent 24 years in low-income clinics in Columbus and Dayton.  A pastor’s daughter, she became a woman of deep and active religious faith, who followed politics, spoke her conscience and read and pondered deeply to her last days.  She was graced with a generous spirit, made friends easily, and opened her home and her heart to all who needed her.  She met her husband at an ashram led by Rev. Dr. E. Stanley Jones, and found in John a life companion, a common spirit and follower of Jesus.  Miriam will be remembered as a wonderful wife, a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, a loyal friend, and a fierce advocate for those on the margins.  She was deeply loved and will be intensely missed.

Miriam was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Rev. John Calvin Wagner, and by her parents; sister, Rosemary, brothers, Harold and Glenn, niece, Julie Osborn; nephews, Teddy and Jim Pollock, sisters-in-law Betty Parker and Elizabeth Jeffers, and brother-in- law John Osborn.

She is survived by her three children, John Christopher (JoAnn) of Middletown, Ohio; Patricia Ann of Columbus, Ohio; David Jeffers (Judi) of Seattle, Washington; her grandchildren, Nicole, Leah, Ben, Anna, William and Rose; her great-grandchildren, Victoria and Lucas; her devoted nieces and nephews; her many friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Summit Room of Willowbrook at Delaware Run, 100 Delaware Crossing, West, Delaware, Ohio, on Saturday, June 25, at 3:00 p.m., with visitation preceding, starting at 1:30 p.m.  Arrangements entrusted to Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, Delaware.

Memorial donations in her name may be made to the Wadi Foquin Community Development Project, an “Advance” project of the United Methodist Church ( #3021565.)  that supports residents of this Palestinian village on the West Bank (c/o of Middletown First UMC, 120 South Broad Street, Middletown, OH 45044 and/or “A Good Start” a Kindergarten Readiness program of  Maynard Avenue UMC, 2350 Indianola Ave., Columbus, Ohio  to provide a stipend for young teachers serving urban children at risk.

To share a fond memory of Miriam or to offer a condolence to her family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • To Patty, Rose, and all the Wagner family and friends,
    This was a difficult goodbye you all had to make this week. We know Miriam has been suffering for months, and I truly belief she loved everyone but just wanted to be with her beloved John…and so it is. You had to let her go, she had better places to go. No words can help you through this painful loss you are feeling but know a lot of people understand some of what you are going through. Maynardites will help in anyway they can … and know for sure prayers are flying skyward to her and John, and that prayers are circling around you offering comfort and support. She was a very special lady, and I loved talking with her and John whenever they were at the parsonage. They both are and will be missed by so many people!

  • To Miriam’s Family,
    We will miss our dear friend,Miriam.It was always a joy to spend time with her-she was such an example of peace and joy and wisdom.For many years she and John enriched our lives and Miriam and I laughed at John’s comments and Bruce’s jokes and shared discussions about world events.
    We know how much Miriam loved each of you and our prayers are with you and with us who feel the loss of Miram.Blessings , Peace , and Love,Cathie and Bruce

  • Heavy hearts…Patty, John and the entire family. Thank you, you have shared your beautiful parents with us and they, in turn, shared their wonderful children, grandchildren and families with so many. I am so thankful for the encouragement, mentors hip, love and acceptance showed me by both your mom and dad. To me they were and forever will be, the Gospel of Christ shared in action to everyone. As has already been shared, no words can take away the pain or loss and no loss was ever possible without the fullness of love and life shared. You are all held in prayer and loved. Forever grateful, Timothy Hogan-Palazzo

  • To John, Miriam’s son…. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time…our family thinks of you and your parents of the time you were our Pastor and the times your parents visited you. They were very special people, as you were too… Love, Jerry and Shirley Zartman and family…

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. John, we really enjoyed our time with you as our Pastor, and also meeting your parents when the visited…very special people…

  • I was privileged to be a friend of both your parents, and I admired Miriam equally with her husband. Among the clergy couples of our Church there are none greater than John and Miriam! Blessed indeed are their children and all their family. Blessed indeed are those of who, like myself, have known them!

  • I remember Miriam, as I remember John, as a warm, compassionate person, quick with a smile and, though I did not know either of them well, each was eager with a greeting of welcome. When I think of them, I know what blessing is.
    St. John Chrysostom said it well . . . “They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. Now, they are wherever we are.” Sincerely . . .

  • Mariam was a blessing to this world. She cared deeply and loved with passion. May her soul rest with the Prince of Peace.

  • To the Wagner Family,
    Please accept our sympathy in your loss of Miriam. Her gentle spirit and caring ways were both noteworthy and of lasting value to all who have been fortunate in knowing her.
    May she be at peace and may you all know that she has touched many, many lives.

  • To Patty, John and the family, it is with a deep sense of loss that I write this note today. Unfortunately I am not about to attend the memorial service for your mom that is happening today. I do want you to know how much she has meant to me in my spiritual journey. She has touched me deeply and I shall always remember her strong but gentle spirit. Grace and Peace