Miriam Davis Dunham, 86, went home to the LORD peacefully on September 10, 2019, following a stroke. She was born in Kingston, Pa., to Dr. & Mrs. John A.G. Davis and is predeceased by her loving husband of 36 years, R. James Dunham Jr.
“Mimi” graduated from Wyoming Seminary, college preparatory school, Kingston, Pa. She earned degrees from Elmira College and Loyola University, Baltimore. After teaching for several years in the Baltimore City Public School System, she joined her husband Jim in the family business of Dunham’s Department Store. She was an active member of the Wellsboro community, serving as Senior Warden at St. Paul’s, singing in Wellsboro Women’s Choir & volunteering at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital. She loved to walk, she loved the beach and she loved being a grandma. During the last four years she was cared for by her daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth & Hal Barge and the faithful staff at The Ballentine in Norfolk, Va.
Miriam is survived by her five children: Duncan Hopkins (Cotati, Calif.), Richard Hopkins (Annandale, N.J.), Elizabeth Barge (Norfolk, Va.), Susan Fleischman (Beaverton, Ore.) and John Hopkins (Chesterfield, Va.), her step-children R. James Dunham III, Peter Dunham, Bruce Dunham, and Judy Shaal, her two sisters Ellen Bender (Whitehall, Pa.) and Lillian Smith (Dallas, Pa.), ten grandchildren, seven “bonus” grandchildren, many loving in-laws and many more precious friends.
A celebration of life service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, VA on October 5th at 1:00 pm. Interment will be private. A reception honoring Miriam’s life will be at The Penn Wells on Saturday, November 2nd at 1:30-3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 701, Wellsboro, PA 16901.
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