Miriam R. Wagner
September 22, 1927 ‒ June 01, 2016
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.
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