Miriam I. (Miller) Maust, 79, passed away at Goodwill Mennonite Home, on January 29, 2020, surrounded by family. Born March 22, 1940, in a farmhouse less than a mile from Goodwill, to the late Ivan J. and Della (Bender) Miller, she was the beloved wife of Markel for more than sixty years. She has long claimed that her biggest accomplishment was their seven children—Lois (Columbus, Ohio); Deborah, married to Kendall Martin (Dousman, Wisconsin); Urbane, married to Karen (Bel Air, Maryland); Luke, married to Laura (Forest Hill, Maryland); Phebe, married to Ken Bowser (Grantsville, Maryland); Jason, married to Moya (Butler, Pennsylvania); and Julia, married to David Sütter (Jacksonville, Florida)—who gave them 12 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Ever since the stillbirth of a grandchild in 1989, Miriam has anticipated meeting Amanda in heaven, and often spoke of looking forward to reuniting with other loved ones, including four siblings: Philip I. Miller, Timothy I. Miller, Rachel Yoder, and Esther Yoder.
It was not necessary to have a biological connection to Miriam in order to be part of her family. Her warm hospitality and open arms welcomed people into her life—whether at home, at church, or during a visit to a doctor’s office, she was genuinely interested in everyone around her. Always happy to be a listening ear or tell a story, her quick wit and ready laugh remained intact through her final days, as did her capacity to remember the names, relationships and descendants of her wide circle of family and friends.
Her church family—particularly her Sunday School class—at Cherry Glade Mennonite Church has been a source of joy and encouragement during every season of her life. After she and Markel married in 1959, they lived less than a mile from the church. Over the span of four decades she delighted in being a “Secret Sister,” enjoying the intrigue of secrecy and the opportunity to make someone else feel special—a gift that expressed itself repeatedly. Sewing, cooking and baking were often vehicles for her creativity, and she happily shared what her efforts produced. She was equally happy to share her expertise—and even willing to teach others (with varying degrees of success) to replicate her legendary chocolate cake.
Miriam is survived by five siblings: two brothers, David I. Miller, married to Erma (London, Ohio), and Stephen I. Miller (Grantsville); and three sisters, Joanna (Grantsville), Ruth Miller Yoder, (Grantsville), and Dorcas, married to Glenn Lehman (Leola, Pennsylvania), and numerous Maust and Miller nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at Cherry Glade Mennonite Church, 4051 Accident-Bittinger Rd., Accident, Maryland, on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 5-8 pm & Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 10-11 am. Services will follow at 11:00 am with her nephew, Pastor Barry Maust officiating. Interment will be in the Cherry Glade Cemetery.
Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 179 Miller Street, Grantsville, Maryland is assisting the family with the funeral services.
In keeping with her concern for others, Miriam desired that expressions of sympathy be directed to the Alms Fund of Cherry Glade Mennonite Church, 4051 Accident Bittinger Road, Accident, Maryland 21520.
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Alms Fund c/o Cherry Glade Mennonite Church
4051 Accident-Bittinger Road, Accident MD 21520