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Obituary for Miriam Abernathy
Miriam Eileen Abernathy, 90, of Pekin passed away at 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 10, 2014 at the Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. She was born August 23, 1923 in Ellisville to Hugh and Verna Marie Reed. She married Addison Abernathy on May 9, 1952 in Bushnell, he survives. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Cedrick Reed; and one sister, Lila Reed. Surviving are two nieces and one nephew. Due to serious illness she was home bound for one year during her teenage years. She graduated from the Canton High School in 1942. All during her life she loved to cook and to entertain. She was gifted as a conversationalist and made many friends. At the age of 16 she symbolized her dedication to Jehovah God by water Baptism as exemplified by her leader, Jesus Christ. Thereafter she continued practicing her Christian dedication by being a Witness for Jehovah God. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses she engaged herself in conducting home Bible studies and the volunteer house to house ministry. This ministry she practiced zealously while residing at Canton, Bushnell, Philipsburg, PA and Red Oak, IA and Pekin. During the years of 1959–1972 she practiced this home missionary work while traveling with her husband as he served in his ministering to congregations, one each week as a Circuit Minister. She found her greatest joy was in spiritual knowledge she gained from reading, meditating and research she did from God’s Word the Bible. She continues to receive many communications of gratitude from persons she in turn helped through the many years of her home ministry. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be conducted at Kingdom Hall, 2726 Broadway Road at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014. Daniel Allen, Elder will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2726 Broadway Road, Pekin, IL 61554 in her name.