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Mrs. Miriam A. Hines (Stump), age 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and loving staff at Stonesprings in Vandalia, Ohio on January 5, 2023. She endured a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She maintained her lady like dignity to the end.

Miriam was born at home in Dayton, Ohio to Charles H. and Hazel Stump. Her younger years were spent growing up at the crossroads of Gordon and Verona, Ohio. She was from a large family with many brothers and sister whom she cherished and spoke of dearly. They helped develop her love of the arts, poetry, roller skating, millinery, cake decorating, painting and home remodeling. Her mother told stories about her fiery personality as a young girl.

Mrs. Hines was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Darke county on December 7, 1957 along with her sister and mother. She remained steadfast in her faith throughout her lifetime. She previous attended the Northridge and Trotwood congregations.

She married her husband in1960 after their courtship. They started as young couple on many traveling adventures together across Ohio, Canada, West Virginia and Pittsburgh.  Over a 62-year journey together, they forged a marvelous life with a deep lasting love for one another. Miriam’s husband wooed her to enjoy his passion of YouTube transportation videos featuring planes and trains sounds.  This always made her laugh. He fondly called her Gretchen. She is survived by her husband, Ronald.  

Miriam is mother to her surviving son, Dalton R. Hines (Dana) as well as daughter, Ronni N. Bittner (Patrick). She was proceeded in death by her son Dellis F. Hines. Miriam is also survived by her last remaining sibling, Judith A. Wells (William). She had unique relationships with her two previous daughters-in-laws until she passed away. She was known as a devoted Mimi / Maw to her 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  She was known as Aunt Mary to a multitude of nieces, nephews, and people who thought of her as family. She never met a stranger.

Numerous people were touched by Miriam’s kind and generous nature. She spent her life giving to others. She made wedding cakes for generations and even attended the birth of children. Her family would love to continue hearing from friends and family about these special stories.

Memorial services in-person will take place at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 1161 Bartley Road on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 2pm in the afternoon. There is a ZOOM feature for anyone who desires to attend virtually. Miriam’s family warmly invites all parties to attend her services to celebrate her life.

Heart-felt special thank you to the Hospice and Stonesprings caregivers who lavished our special lady with such tender loving care throughout her final journeys. 

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