Miriam Louise Kinner

October 27, 1955February 21, 2017

On February 21st, Miriam Louise Kinner, known to friends and family as Mimi, lost her life to a recurrence of a cancer thought to have been resolved two years before. She confronted the very aggressive disease, as she lived her life, with optimism, good humor, and faith. She lost her courageous fight but not her spirit. Mimi will be missed by the friends she retained from her years growing up in Montgomery County Maryland. Her parents had moved to the DC metropolitan area from Michigan where Mimi was born. She attended Woodward High School, developing lifelong friendships she cherished. Mimi gained work experience here with the Wall Street Journal and the Federal Disaster Administration, the forerunner of FEMA. She began college at University of Maryland, but transferred to the University of Michigan, where she graduated with teaching credentials. She enjoyed a short stint teaching English in Northville Michigan before the position was eliminated by budget cuts. Mimi returned to the Washington DC area and worked as a paralegal in a downtown law firm. While with that firm, she attended Law School at night at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. Mimi earned her JD in 1985 and worked with several small firms. She sharpened her expertise in family law while practicing with Audrey D'cruz, in Fairfax, Virginia. Mimi started the Law Offices of Miriam Kinner upon Audrey's retirement, and continued a successful law practice until her death. During her career, Mimi remained concerned about the welfare of her associates and her clients. Her strength, intelligence and compassion improved the lives of those she worked with and those who retained her. So many people benefitted from Mimi's support and encouragement, they too became long term friends.

Mimi reserved her greatest passion for her family. She cared deeply for her parents as they aged. Mimi worked diligently to manage the estates of her father, William, and her mother, Mary Lou Holland as they predeceased her within the past year. She is survived by her brother, Paul Holland and his wife Jane; her sisters, Dr. Susan Holland and her husband, Michael Proctor, and their son Matthew and his wife Lori, and daughter, Caity; Amy Yendall and her son Billy; and Jennifer and her husband, David Still and their son Brenden. She was blessed by her siblings in her time of need as they made extraordinary efforts to support Mimi as she fought cancer.

Mimi met her husband, Donald, during law school. They married in 1987 and she was always proud of their strong happy marriage. One of the joys in her life was travelling extensively with her husband. She was perhaps even prouder of their son, Keil, and daughter, Kelsey. Mimi worked hard to adopt her children from orphanages in Russia. The opportunity to be the mother of two beautiful, truly special individuals brought her immense joy.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society


  • Memorial Visitation Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  • Memorial Mass Thursday, March 2, 2017
  • Interment Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Frank G

August 8, 2017

I am so very sorry to just now see this news. My sincere condolences. Miriam was a wonderful and generous person. May God's peace be with you all.

Laurie Klein

March 10, 2017

I'm so sad and sorry to hear that we have lost Mimi. Too many losses for your precious family these past few years. It was a joy and treasure to have seen you two years ago. Mimi and you all are jewels sparkling with the Holland love. All my love and prayers and God's comfort fly on wings to Carry you through this.

March 4, 2017

I was so very sorry to hear about Miriam's passing. She was an excellent attorney and a wonderful person. My condolences to her family and many, many friends.

Jamie Mastandrea

March 2, 2017

God Bless you, Don! She will always be with you! Your friend, Randall R. Rader

Connie DeFranco

March 1, 2017

A true and loyal friend. I was blessed to work with her and learn from her. Anyone who was fortunate enough to know her was inspired by her personal kindness and professional integrity. Her heart was her husband and dear children. I will always miss her. Love Connie

March 1, 2017

Mimi was a great mentor and friend. Prayers for Don and children. Julie Austin

Mary & Gary von Hoch

February 28, 2017

Please know that we are thinking of you each and every day and we pray God watches over you and gives you strength. Mimi was a truly lovely person. We are so sad.

Bill Schmidt

February 27, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of Mimi. May God comfort you and wrap you in His loving arms and give you His peace as you mourn your loss , but at the same time celebrate the life of Mimi that was far too short in time. May God richly bless you always. Bill Schmidt, a fellow lawyer

Lynn and Dan Murray

February 24, 2017

Don and Family,
Dan and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Mimi was a wonderful woman with a warm, caring heart and a winning smile. May you find peace knowing that her memories will live on forever in your hearts.

Tim Ernandes

February 24, 2017

May God grant you His grace and peace at this difficult time in your lives.