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BLOOMINGTON - Miriam J. Calhoun, 85, of Bloomington died Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2006) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Park United Methodist Church, Bloomington. Pastor Rob Roy will officiate. There will be no visitation, as she was cremated per her request. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that friends donate to Park United Methodist Church, 704 S. Allin St., Bloomington, IL 61701. Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Miriam was born Jan. 14, 1921, in Hudson, at her grandmother's residence. The daughter of Asa W. Skinner and Rose Hughes Skinner, she married Harry C. Calhoun on June 6, 1942, in Bloomington.

She is survived by one son, Tim (Sue) Calhoun, Normal; one grandson, T.J. (Amy) Calhoun, Bloomington; one great-granddaughter, Alexus Monet, Bloomington; and one great-grandson, Brittan James, Bloomington.

An infant son, Michael Alan, preceded her in death.

Miriam graduated from Thornton Township High School in Harvey and St. Joseph School of Nursing in Bloomington. She was a registered nurse and was employed by Illinois Wesleyan University and the former Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington. She was employed by the State of Illinois Department of Corrections in Pontiac before her retirement. She continued her nursing part-time at the Americana Nursing Home, Manor Care in Normal after retiring.

Miriam was a member of Park United Methodist Church, where she served as a junior high superintendent for many years. She also belonged to the Esther Circle and the Quilters. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Miriam, Grandma, loved her family, especially the grandchildren and the family schnauzer, Heidi.

She was an avid cook and flower gardener. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.

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