Mirian Lissette Kenyon

05/12/1939 — 04/10/2010

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Washington, Missouri

Mirian Lissette Kenyon

Mirian Kenyon, 70, died Saturday, April 10, 2010, in Richland, Washington with her daughter by her side after a long and courageous battle with her illness. She was a loving and caring person, who often sacrificed her own needs to help others. She was a devoted mother and grandmother as well as a good friend to many.

She was born on Mother's Day, May 12, 1939, in Washington, Missouri, to Ella and Herbert Meinershagen. She was raised on a farm near Washington, Missouri. She graduated from Washington, MO High School in 1957.

Mirian attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education. She later earned a master's degree in Education from Indiana University. She taught school for more than 34 years.

While at the University of Missouri, Mirian met Donald. They were married in 1960 in Washington, MO. Shortly after, they moved to Marion, Illinois where they had one daughter, Deborah Debbie. Mirian began her teaching career while in Illinois. She continued to teach when they moved to Indiana in 1963 and in 1970 to Salem, Oregon. While living in Salem, Mirian taught at the Mt. Angel School District.

She retired from teaching in 1994 and moved to Callaway, NE. While in Callaway, Mirian and Don built their house and after it was complete, she began substitute teaching. In 2001, Mirian moved to the Tri- Cities to be near her grandchildren. She continued to teach as a substitute teacher in the Richland and Kennewick School Districts until her health began to fail. She also taught children in the West Side Church Pathfinders program for several years. Music was always important to Mirian. She played the viola in high school and later played in a Handbell choir with her church in Salem for many years. She was saddened when she lost her ability to sing due to damage to her vocal chords from her illness.

Mirian will be remembered as a kind and patient woman who touched the lives of the many children that she taught. She will also be remembered for her strength of character and the love that she had for her family, especially her grandchildren who were the center of her life.

Mirian is survived by her daughter, Debbie, and her husband, Mike Trader, and her three grandsons, Jason, Cameron and Ryan of Benton City, WA as well as her sister Hazel Passmore of Tulsa, OK. She was preceded in death by Don as well as by both of her parents.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010 at West Side Church in Richland, WA at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the music ministry of West Side Church, 615 Wright Avenue, Richland, WA 99352.

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  • Debbie, So sorry to here about your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Jeff and Gloria Hilts
    November 4, 2014
    Salem, OR, US
  • Debbie, Mike, Jason,Cameron and Ryan, Don and I so sorry for your loss. Your Mother, Grammy was such a caring person. I enjoyed the time I spent helping her at her house in Richland. She was always sweet and kind to me even when she didn’t feel well. She was a very proud Mom and grandmother. She talked about you three boys so much. She loved all of you. I will miss her so much. She is in a better place now with no suffering. I’m so sorry I can’t attend her Memorial today, but, I will be thinking of all of you. Let me know if I can do anything.

    Marcia Foss
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • Debbie, Mike, Jason, Cameron and Ryan: I am so sorry for your loss! I know I will miss the warmth felt from her welcoming smile and her kind nature.

    Margie McHugill
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR, US
  • Dear Debbie–As you know, your mom was a very special person. I so enjoyed working with her on the Bd. of Christian Education at First Congregational in Salem. I’m sure our Sue would want to be included to let you know that we are thinking of you and your family. Remember the good days!!

    Pat Gallagher
    November 4, 2014
    Monmouth, OR, US