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“Miriam loved all so very much, she took such great interest in everyone who touched her life from immediate family to extended family to friends. ...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Rebecca Kirts - Shelbyville, KY

“Thinking of and praying for all family at this time of closure. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Terry Conner - North Liberty, IA

“I will miss her but I know she is in heaven now. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Heidi, Mark and Valerie Till - IN

“To all---sweet was what I remembered---she and I had fun riding bareback old Pearl down on the farm Those were great times The Best Always, don ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: don peters - towanda, KS - Family

“Dear Mr. Murray Mendenhall III & Family: I give your family my condolences of the passing of your grandmother, mother & mother-in-law. Your parents...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Kathleen Kramer-Liddy - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Miriam, I have known you my entire life and am sad to see you go. My Mom considers you her best friend, and I have heard her speak lovingly of you...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Tracey Creal (Bruick) - Fishers, IN

“Sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful person ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Yolanda Mantock - Fort wayne, IN

“I met your Mother while recovering this winter at Coventry.We had hamburgers French fries and salad which we all shared.She had the biggest smile on...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Family, Sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. I met her while at Coventrey Meadows Jan-March. She was a very strong woman and determined to...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Evonne Freeman - Coralville, IA

“Sending you all our love on the loss of your Mom - Margo and Pat ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Hoping your mom and you are at peace and that you can remember all your fond memories. I remember the time she welcome me into her home when...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Dee and Sue Chiles - Iowa city, IA


Miriam Elizabeth Stoner Mendenhall passed away peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2017. She was born June 9, 1927, to Edward Norris and Florence Burkett Stoner in Ladoga, Indiana. She was the fifth of seven children who remained close for all their lives even though geographical distances kept them apart.
Miriam graduated from Tipton High School, Tipton, IN, in 1945 and then graduated from Indiana University as a Mortar Board scholar in 1949. While studying at Indiana, she met Murray J. Mendenhall, Jr. of Fort Wayne. They married on June 10, 1950, and remained a loving couple until his death on February 7, 2014. Although she knew very little about the sport of basketball before meeting and marrying Murray, she became an avid fan of high school and college basketball, continuing to participate in, and winning in 2015, the Stoner family March Madness NCAA basketball pool. Upon graduation from IU, Miriam taught Home Economics at Edinburg High School, Indianapolis Manual High School and at both Jefferson and Lane Junior Highs in Fort Wayne until retiring in 1977. She loved sewing, knitting and other forms of needlework, making many handmade items for friends and family and her beloved PEO Chapter CP. She was also a member of Delta Delta Delta at IU and enjoyed being a part of the alumnae chapter in Fort Wayne. Her bright smile and loving nature will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by three children, son Murray Mendenhall, III, and wife, Cindy, of Fort Wayne, daughter Susan Nickels and husband, Ken, of Iowa City, Iowa, and son Thomas Mendenhall and wife, Beth, of Indianapolis. She is also survived by brothers James Marvin Stoner (Florida) and Samuel David Stoner (Craftsbury Common, Vermont), seven grandchildren Erika Frantz (Ryan), Ashlea Stone (John), Katherine Kirchner (Scott), Benjamin Nickels (Stacey), Ellyn Mendenhall, Carly Mendenhall, Jayne Mendenhall, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Murray, and brothers Norris Eugene Stoner, Richard Burkett Stoner, Allan Wilbur Stoner and sister Rachel Esther Stoner. The family would like to give our sincere appreciation to the many staff members of the Coventry Meadows Healthcare campus and to the staff of Visiting Nurses of Fort Wayne. Our sweet mother enjoyed her time living in the Garden Homes and Assisted Living parts of the Coventry Meadows campus and was lovingly cared for while in assisted living, rehabilitation and in long-term nursing care. We are forever grateful for their service. Funeral service is 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Monday, August 28, 2017 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations for memorials may be made to Waynedale United Methodist Church, Coventry Meadows of Fort Wayne, the Aboite Branch of the Allen County Public Library or Visiting Nurses of Fort Wayne.