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Miriam K. Gaut

Miriam Kay Gaut, 84, of Monroeville, Indiana, went to be with her Lord on June 15, 2020. The youngest of three daughters, she was born to Marcell Gaut and Gladys Turner Gaut on December 1, 1935 in her grandparents’ home, Alphus and Clara Gaut in Payne, Ohio.

Miriam was a 1953 graduate of Payne High School where she was editor of ‘The Spotlight’ school newspaper, drum major, and cheerleader. Her first job was as a “soda jerk” at Henschen’s Drug Store.

Miriam married Gary Armstrong on June 25, 1954, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Payne, Ohio, where she was a member. Miriam was very active in her church. She served as Sunday School teacher and superintendent, organized bake sales and Mother-Daughter Teas, participated in the Martha and Letitia Circles, and regularly attended Bible studies. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Miriam graduated from St. Francis College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1973 with a BS in Elementary Education. She enjoyed her work in the art and music dept of the Fort Wayne Public Library. Miriam loved children and especially enjoyed teaching elementary children and welcoming the many friends of her own children into her home. Managing the gift shop at Pokagon State park allowed Miriam to share her love of nature with her children and grandchildren. Most of all Miriam enjoyed spending time with her family. She enjoyed china painting classes with her sister, Myrna, traveling, and reading children’s literature and Mary Higgins Clark’s murder mysteries.

Miriam was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Myrna (Don) Snyder and Marsha (Gene) Conwell, and nephew, Kevin Conwell. Miriam is survived by her children Marilyn (David) Miatke of West Lafayette, IN; Maria (Richard) Cuney of Grabill, IN; and Bruce (Jeannie) Armstrong of Ft. Wayne, IN. Grandchildren include Michelle (Monte) Bates, Ryan (Lisa) Miatke, Christopher (Jamie) Cuney, Benjamin Cuney, Mark (Kenna) Armstrong, and Holly (Kyle) Kuiken. Great-grandchildren are Austin, Jacob, and Johnathan Gustin; Stella Bates; Christopher Hunter Cuney and Genevieve Cuney; Leona Armstrong; and Charlotte Kuiken.

Private family services will be held at a later date with burial in Wiltsie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Miriam requested that memorials be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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I have wonderful memories of Aunt Miriam. She was the only one that called me Kimmy. It always felt like a secret blanket of love and endearment. It's amazing how a simple word of kindness can say so much. Of course there are so many Christmases, gatherings and just time with family that are precious memories. The Lord loved Aunt Miriam's heart and love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marla Kim Harter Jun 27 2020 12:00 AM

What a beautiful woman, inside & out! I thoroughly enjoyed the video tribute of her throughout the years. It was evident that family was so important to her. It was evident that she was loved and was loving to others. She was talented. I convey my heartfelt condolences to all she touched & especially to her children & their families. Susan (Armstrong) Vivyan

Susan Vivyan Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

What a lovely lady! I have fond memories of spending time with Maria at their home in Payne. Miriam was always so kind and welcoming. She raised some beautiful children and I know she will be greatly missed by all. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of the family. Remember the wonderful times you share with her. Blessing to you. Laura Cottrell

Laura Cottrell Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

Miriam was an awesome lady. She always welcomed me when I came over to hang with Marilyn and Maria, and even had great timesat the lake. She was fun, kind and beautiful inside and out! Thanks for the memories.
Karen (Krugh) Adams

Karen (Krugh) Adams Jun 23 2020 12:00 AM

We have enjoyed getting to know Mother Miriam in our visits to her at Village Of Heritage, and have therefore, through our dear friendship with Marilyn, been doubly blessed to know daughter and mother. She was always so happy to see us, always so sweet, and caring, always asked how we were, always gave us a hug and a kiss, and it was a blessing to always pray with her. We will miss our visits to her.... We extend our deepest sympathies to Marilyn and Dave, and to theIr entire family, and to Maria and Bruce, and their families. Of comfort to us has been the verse as St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV): "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him". Praying that God will grant you comfort, strength, hope, & His peace.
Rev. Otto A. & Jean Brillinger

Rev. Otto A. & Jean Brillinger Jun 23 2020 12:00 AM

I enjoyed caring for Miriam when I was the Director of Nursing at Monroeville. She was lively and wonderful to talk with. I am sure she will be greatly missed. Love and hugs to the family.

Pam Beck, RN Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

It was so nice of you to make such wonderful comments about Mom. You did a wonderful job looking over Mom and taking care of her needs. Marilyn, Bruce and myself wish to thank you ever so much. God Bless You..... Maria

javagirl57@metalink.net Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

Loved seeing your mom at Monroeville. My mom was her roommate (Frieda ). She always had a smile and a sweetie comment. Will miss her. Im sorry for your loss.

Jane Jun 18 2020 12:00 AM

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