Miriam Lillian Hoss Davis, 96, was born in Pendleton on July 29, 1920. She lived a fun-filled life with many friends and passed away on January 21. She was a graduate of Ben Davis High School and attended Butler University. Miriam was the first female "Yell Leader" (Cheerleader), at both schools. Following Butler, Miriam went to work at the Indianapolis Gas Company where she met a handsome young fellow, Norm Davis. After a brief courtship, the couple married in 1942, and Norm went off to WWII where he flew the P-51 Mustang with the 9th Air Force. Miriam worked for the Red Cross while Norm was away, and tap-danced in USO shows at Ft. Benjamin Harrison and Camp Atterbury.
When the war ended in 1945, the couple lived in the Ben Davis area and started a family. Miriam became involved in PTA serving as president at Ben Davis High School. She was a substitute teacher and served as Page Clerk for the Indiana House of Representatives for 15 years. Miriam is survived by her son, Michael (Jill) Davis and daughter, Susan (Mike) Grant. Miriam was a loving grandmother to four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Miriam was active in several area churches over the years, including Mt. Olive Methodist, Chapel Rock Christian and Plainfield Christian Church. She and Norm also volunteered for Meals on Wheels which included transporting meals to "older folks", when they themselves were well beyond retirement age.
Through the years, Miriam enjoyed travel, church activities and golf - a pastime she and Norm loved and played well into their 80s.
Visitation will be from 9 - 11 a.m., Saturday, January 28, at the Conkle Funeral Home Avon Chapel with a memorial service to follow at 11. Online condolences may be shared at www.conklefuneralhome.com.
Published on January 25, 2017