Miriam Nylene Conklin
December 14, 1951 – November 21, 2016
Miriam Nylene (Grover) Conklin went home to be with the Lord on November 21, 2016 at the age of 64, after a five month battle with cancer. Miriam was born in Coldwater, Kansas on December 14, 1951 to Howard and Rosetta Grover. The family moved several times during her childhood, living in Kansas, Washington, Idaho and finally Oregon where she graduated from Sheridan High School and eventually earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from OHSU in 1974. After completing her degree, Miriam returned to Kansas and took a job in the Greensburg hospital where she met the love of her life, Daryl Conklin. The two were married on June 12, 1976—celebrating their 40th anniversary this past summer. The couple made their home in Greensburg, Kansas, where they welcomed their first child, Sarah, into the family. In 1980 the young family returned to Miriam’s childhood home of Randle, Washington. There they welcomed their second child, Aaron, into the world. After several years as a homemaker, Miriam returned to work and took a nursing position at the hospital in Morton. Miriam always loved the outdoors—hiking with friends, backpacking, cross country skiing, kayaking and bicycling as often as she could. Her passion for adventure extended to travel. In 2001 Aaron took a job with Alaska Airlines and Miriam was overjoyed when she learned that Aaron’s flight benefits would be extended to her and Daryl, allowing them to travel as often and as far as she desired. Miriam was a dedicated member of the Randle Church of the Nazarene—playing the piano in worship, teaching children’s Sunday School and working to promote missions. She had a passion for Christ and his Church that is hard to find. That passion, combined with her gift of hospitality, led Miriam to open her heart and home to many people through the years. Miriam enjoyed investing in the lives of children in both her personal and professional life. She worked as a pediatric nurse during the family’s two years in Nashville, as a school nurse at the White Pass elementary, middle and high schools, as well as teaching children to play the piano in her “free” time. In everything she did, Miriam’s greatest desire was to please her Creator — something those around her understood well and admired deeply. She touched many lives and left an example to be remembered for generations. Miriam is survived by her husband Daryl, daughter Sarah (Ryan) Foster, son Aaron, and grandchildren Isaiah and Landon Foster. She has a sister Glena (Paul) Isaacs and nephew Joel (MariAnna) Isaacs. Miriam is also survived her parents-in-law Carl and Lorene Conklin and sister-in-law Cheryl Conklin. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Miriam’s name to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries would be appreciated.
Celebration of Life
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Miriam Nylene Conklin
November 29, 2016
I've been remembering our childhood lately and thinking of all the fun we had in each others' homes. I've also been thinking of the wonderful times I enjoyed in her home at Sheridan when I would visit my grandmother in McMinnville, Oregon. Then being roommates in college at George Fox College brought back more memories. We lived "down the road" from each other when Daryl and Miriam moved back to Randle. Then after I moved to Vancouver 20 years ago she would come and spend the night many times on her way to somewhere. Miriam challenged me for which I'm thankful. She was a happy, giving person and someday I will see her again. Cyrilla Gleason