Groover Funeral Home at Mansion Memorial Park

1400 36th Ave East, Ellenton, FL


Miriam Elaine Piper

February 15, 1927February 7, 2020

Miriam Elaine Piper, passed away quietly in her sleep on Friday, February 7th, 2020. Miriam was 8 days away from turning 93. She was born in Andover Ohio on February 15th, 1927, to Etta M (Hillyer) Mullen and Bliss Mullen, weighing a mere 2 1/2 pounds at birth. She was kept in a makeshift incubator over the home's heat register because of her extremely small size.

Miriam graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1945 of Andover High School. As Valedictorian she earned a scholarship to Hiram College but elected not to leave her beloved Andover, Ohio. She married Ralph L. Piper on Feb. 27, 1947. Besides raising three (3) sons, she was a bookkeeper for Sutherlands Chevy Oldsmobile and Buick dealership in Andover, Ohio. She worked four years as a bookkeeper for Ashtabula Co Auditor George Smith and 21 years as an Administrative Assistant at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home until her retirement in 1987. Her husband Ralph predeceased her on Dec. 16, 1982 and Miriam remained widow for the next 38 years. Miriam moved to Florida in January of 2016 living in Bradenton and Palmetto until her death.

Miriam is survived by three(3) Sons: Kenneth Piper(Sandy), retired Attorney and current Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Manatee County; David Piper, Retired Educator, Coach in Hudson Ohio; Mark Piper (Julie) Physician and Surgeon in St Petersburg, FL; nine(9) Grandchildren: Yvonne, Kenny, Andrew(Michele), Lindsay, Alex(Katy), Gabriella, Ashley, Brittany, Chelsea; two (2) great grandchildren: Jack and Stella; four (4) step great grandchildren: Donnie, Koen, Emmett, and Wren; nieces and nephews: JoAnn, Paula Sue, Greg, Ronnie, Delbert, Marsha (dec'd), Sherron (Larry), Dennis (Jacque), and Barry; brother in law George Piper (Edna Mary). Miriam was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her sister Ida, her brother in law Jack, her brother Paul, sister in law Peggy, her father Bliss, step-father Harry Johnson, mother Etta and numerous other relatives.

Calling hours at Groover Funeral Home, 1400 36th Ave. E., Ellenton, FL on Sunday February 16, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.; Funeral service to follow at 12:00 P.M.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Committal Service Sunday, February 16, 2020


Miriam Elaine Piper

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Karen Coutts

February 16, 2020

Ken, David, and Mark
Sorry for your loss, I met your Mom when the 3 of you were being inducted into Edgewood's Hall of Fame. She was such a special lady and oh so proud of all of you. I am sure she will be missed. My deepest sympathy to all of you and your family.

Karen Coutts