Miriam was born April 29, 1920 in Worcester, Mass. to Lawrence and Lillian Cross, of Holden, Mass. She passed away after a short illness at her Arbor Place residence in Medford, Ore., May 13, 2013.
Miriam graduated as valedictorian from Holden High School in 1938 and attended Lasell Junior College in Newton, Mass. until the outbreak of WWII. At one point, she played piano in a jazz band in New York City.
She married Allan M. Rowell Sr.. also of Holden, in the summer of 1942. Having lived in Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island and following separation and divorce, she relocated to California in 1964 and married Edward S. Taylor March 16, 1966. That same spring they moved to the new community of Mission Viejo, Calif. In 1986, Miriam and Ed were Grand Marshalls of the Mission Viejo 20th anniversary celebration. They relocated to Medford in 1987. She and Ed were married until his passing May 19, 2010.
Miriam was an avid reader and enjoyed a variety of subjects, particularly mysteries and the American Civil War. Her creative talents showed in her needlework, various painting interests, colonial crafts, and gardening. In her later years she enjoyed working on crossword puzzles. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and sharp wit.
Miriam is survived by her brother, John S. Cross, of Holden, Mass.; her children Allan M. Rowell Jr. (Dianne), of Medford, and Susan E. Rowell (Curtis Haefer), of Olympia, Wash.; stepson, Dr. Bruce Taylor (Betty), of Ottawa, Canada; three grandchildren, Jonathan Rowell, of San Francisco, Calif., Elizabeth Dimond (Devin), of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Reid Haefer, of Seattle, Wwash.; and step-granddaughter, Brianna Taylor, of Ottawa, Canada.
Miriam's family would like to express a special note of appreciation to the staff of Arbor Place for their attentive care.
A private graveside service will be held at the Eagle Point National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Edward Taylor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in her memory to Rogue Valley Youth for Christ, CASA of Jackson County, and/or Kids Unlimited.