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. Miriam Alice Troyer July 15, 1921 – April 13, 2013
Celebration of life service Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Sharon Center United Methodist Church, rural Kalona. The family will greet friends from 10 AM until service time and all friends and family are invited to share a time of fellowship following the service.
Memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or the Sharon Center United Methodist Church.
Miriam Alice (Williams) Troyer passed away in her 92 nd year on April 13th at Briarwood Health Care Center. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Ralph (8/6/96), and 3 brothers, Dale, Alan, and Dean Williams. Beloved mother to three daughters: Diane Troyer of Iowa City; Judy Troyer of Edmonton, Alberta; and Nancy Ritter (Scott) of rural Kalona. Loving grandmother and great-grandmother to: Laurie Magaraci and daughter Maya of Iowa City; Nicole Sheldon (Rick Zimmermann) and daughters Jessica, Sarah and Hannah of Iowa City; Jason Dobbs and daughter Jaden of Edmonton, Alberta; Matthew Dobbs (Jessie) and children Mara and Alex of Montreal, Quebec; Gabe Ritter (Jaclyn) and daughter Kennedy of Fulshear, Texas; Mariah Ritter and son Quincy of Iowa City; and Troyer Ritter of rural Kalona. Miriam is also survived by her sister-in-law, Kim Williams, and 3 nieces and 5 nephews.
Miriam was born in rural Iowa City to Richard E. and Mary Williams and grew up on a farm along Old Man’s Creek. Miriam was always proud of her 100% Welsh heritage and attended the Welsh Congregational Church with her family and later became a member of the Sharon Center United Methodist Church. Miriam attended elementary school in Union Township, graduated from Iowa City High School, and attended the University of Iowa. On August 19, 1941, she married Ralph Troyer at the Welsh Church. Miriam worked at the UI Library, SEJH library, and did cancer research interviews for ISU. She also had a passion for antiques and was involved in 2 antique shops. Miriam was known for her baking and delicious rolls. She loved music and singing. She was active in 4-H both in her teen years and later as a 4-H leader, Eastern Star and Rainbow, Farm Bureau, Business and Professional Women, Questers, church activities and as a Sunday School teacher. Miriam loved watching sports and as a young girl played first base on her softball team. She enjoyed being the class of 1939 flag bearer for Iowa City High yearly graduations. Miriam will be remembered for the care and love she showed to all who knew her and her quiet dignity. Miriam lived at home with her daughter, Nancy and her family, until January, 2013.
Thank you to the exceptional staff at Briarwood Health Care Center for Miriam’s care. Thanks also to Mercy Hospice and Iowa City Hospice for their wonderful support. Miriam donated her body for research to the UI Department of Anatomy. A Memorial and Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, July 13th at 11:00 at Sharon Center United Methodist Church. For those who wish, donations may be made to Sharon Center United Methodist Church or Iowa City Hospice in Miriam’s memory.
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