Miriam Hartig, wife of Irvin, mother of Karyn (Dave) Troudt, Tom (Marion) Hartig and Polly Jo (Andy) Wick joined our heavenly family on Feb. 23, 2018.
Miriam's mother and father, Frank and May Klassen, welcomed this baby girl into their family on June 17, 1919. She had two older brothers, Robert and Phil, an older sister, Phyllis, and eventually, a younger brother, Deane. Loving family relationships with a little bit of orneriness, hard work and Christian ethics were the base of her childhood family.
Miriam graduated from high school in Loveland, Colo., and then pursued a teaching license at Central College in McPherson Kan. After teaching three years in a one-room school house, she returned to Denver. While walking along a sidewalk, a city bus passed her by. On that bus was a soldier, Irvin, who was instantly taken with her. He told his buddy that he was "going to marry that girl!" Then he quickly got off the bus, asked Miriam if he could walk with her and that was the beginning of their courtship and eventual marriage of 60 years. Their first years together were spent living in Fort Thomas, Ky., followed by 18 years in Granby, Colo.
In 1966, Irvin and Miriam purchased a dairy farm near Austin, Colo. Upon their retirement from the dairy in 1981, Miriam and Irvin built a house on the south end of the dairy where they could try to "keep an eye" on all the ongoing dairy activities. In their retirement years, they enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards and travelling. Irvin passed away in 2006.
Miriam had two passions -- teaching and art. Miriam's career began teaching grades 1-8, and then first grade during her time in Granby. After their move to Delta County, Miriam continued teaching first grade at Garnet Mesa Elementary followed with two years of fourth grade at Cedaredge Elementary before her retirement in 1975. Miriam was a gifted artist; many friends and all the family have loved her pictures through the years. At the age of 90, she was commissioned by the Town of Orchard City to paint a mural depicting the Orchard City area. This mural is hanging in the conference room at the Town of Orchard City office. Gardening was an additional love of Miriam. With the help of many people, she was the force behind the garden that is still enjoyed by residents and visitors at Horizons Care Center. Of course, her own yard was always a showcase, as well. Miriam loved her Eckert Presbyterian Church family. She was an active member with the Eckert Presbyterian Women -- always full of ideas for grand fundraisers. Miriam recently was honored as a 45-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a sorority that promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Miriam spent countless hours making items with the sale proceeds going into the DKG scholarship fund, which benefits a local woman each year who wishes to pursue a college degree in education. Miriam was also a member of Orchard City Women, VFW Auxiliary and Business and Professional Women.
Miriam loved and adored her family. She was blessed with nine grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, her brother, Deane and his wife, Madge, and many nieces and nephews.
Plans for a private graveside service are pending. The family will host a Celebration of Life mid-summer. Although the family only wishes for loving thoughts of our mother and grandmother, it was Miriam's request that memorial donations, if desired, be given to the Eckert Presbyterian Church, PO Box 7, Eckert, CO 81418 or to Delta Kappa Gamma, Chi Chapter, c/o Madaline Lake, 1952 Bordeaux Ct., Montrose, CO 81401.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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