Miriam Adele Harris Haft was the second child born to Augusta and Alfred Harris in David, Iowa, on April 25, 1913. Upon graduation from high school, Miriam moved to Chicago to attend Cook County School of Nursing. After graduating from nurses training, she worked as a home health nurse in Chicago. While at Cook County Hospital, Miriam met an intern, Dominic "Tim" Haft, MD. They were married on Dec. 30, 1941, in Albuquerque, N.M., and started a life together that spanned 63 years until Tim's passing in November 2004.
In their early years, the couple were transferred to many military locations (e.g. San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Langley Field , Biloxi) while Tim served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Army. His last appointment within the Army was as chief of surgery at the Veterans Hospital in Walla Walla. Falling in love with this Valley, they made their home for 62 years and raised their family of seven children. Miriam was always active - runner, walker, bicycler, swimmer and Jack LaLaine follower. She was a master knitter, fabulous dessert maker, voracious reader, avid Scrabble player and loved her crossword puzzles and a good game of bridge. Although she regularly accompanied Tim on trips around the world, her heart was always at home in Walla Walla.
Miriam is survived by and will be missed greatly by her children, Susanne Schneider (Jack), Timothy, Robert (Debbie Fausti), Christine Lynch (Keith Sparks), Maryann Byerley (Russell) and David (Beth Katleman); grandchildren, Timothy Schneider, Miriam Dvorsak; Zeban, Ezzie, Keze and Zoe Stroebel-Haft; Rembrandt, Dominique, and Annelise Haft; Annie and Michael Byerley; and Samuel and Natasha Haft; great-grandchildren, Keira and Thomas Schneider, Kyzer and Addicus Stroebel-Haft; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Thomas; and her siblings.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to all who knew her.
We especially want to thank her caregivers, Jessica, Imelda, Rosemary and Mary, who treated her with great love, respect and compassion.
Memorial Funeral Mass will be said by Father Tim Hays at Assumption Catholic Church on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at 3 p.m. Internment will be private at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Home Health Services, Providence St. Mary's Cancer Center or Christian Aid Center.