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Kathryn Miriam Hoover

Mrs. Kathryn Miriam Hoover, 104, passed away in McPherson, Kansas, on September 16, 2022.

Mrs. Hoover, called Miriam by family and friends, was born in Miami, New Mexico, on September 2, 1918, the daughter of Harley Melvin and Olive Elsie (Pearson) Coppock.  At age 2, she moved with her family to Ohio, which was her residence until she married.

Miriam attended and graduated from Tippecanoe City Exempted Village Schools, Tipp City, Ohio.  Following high school, she graduated at age 18 with a 2-year Normal Degree from Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana.  Midway through her professional career, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Colorado University, Greeley, Colorado.

Miriam was united in marriage to Wilbur Replogle Hoover (1917-2003) on May 30, 1942, at Middle District Church of the Brethren, Tipp City, Ohio.   Wilbur served as Pastor of Church of the Brethren congregations in Nebraska, Colorado and Missouri and then became Field Secretary for the district, the position which brought Miriam to McPherson in 1971.

In addition to her obligations as a Pastor’s wife, Miriam taught 3rd and 4th grade in Tipp City, Ohio; multiple grades in a one room school at Cambridge, Nebraska; Kindergarten in Enders, Nebraska; 3rd grade and Special Education in Rocky Ford, Colorado; and Special Education in Haven, Kansas, and Buhler High School, Buhler, Kansas.

Miriam was an active member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren, serving her church in many capacities.  Following her retirement from teaching, she volunteered her time not only with the church but also with the Cedars Health Care Center where she was a resident.  Miriam was a member and past president of the Exceptional Children’s Organization of Reno County, Kansas, and a member of Cosmos Club and of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. Miriam was a supportive friend to many and an advocate for peace and justice.

Surviving family members include her children and their spouses, Modena Elizabeth Wilson (Gary) of Chicago, Illinois; Marlin Coppock Hoover (Mary Nell) of Flossmoor, Illinois; Stewart Mark Hoover (Karen) of Boulder, Colorado; and Marsha Kathryn Hoover (Thomas Karaba) of Chicago, Illinois; and by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Miriam was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and all seven siblings and their spouses.

A memorial service to take place at the McPherson Church of the Brethren will be planned by the family for a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made at any time to the McPherson County Food Bank, the Cedars Health Care Center, the McPherson Church of the Brethren, Bethany Seminary, or McPherson College; all are organizations Miriam supported.