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Miriam Ruth Gilliam
Birth: Nov. 6, 1938
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Mar. 31, 1993
Johnson City
Washington County
Tennessee, USA

She was born Miriam Ruth Lucas in Nashville, Tennessee. We called her Mom, Mother, cook, yo, and a few other endearing names. She graciously responded to them always with a smile.

She grew up around Illinois, Kentucky, Texas and Tennessee. Graduated from Corsicana High School in Corsicana Texas and entered the ministry in the Salvation Army. It was the Salvation Army that brought my father and mother together.

Mom was the daughter of Cecil Lucas and Fern Ormsby Lucas Paulk. She had a brother, the late Robert Wayne Lucas, and two sisters the late Rita Jean Campbell and Mary Lorine Costello of Tampa, FL.

At her passing she did volunteer work at the Senior Citizen Center in Elizabethton, Tennessee and worked for the Salvation Army as a domestic violence counselor in the shelter. She loved people, never meeting a stranger.

She was a quiet, somewhat reserved, person - quietly doing what she did best. At her funeral the family was overwhelmed at how many people's lives she had touched. My father, who knew almost everyone, commented on how many he didn't know. But, that was my Mom. She saw, she touched lives, she moved on, never making it about herself. It was about the other person always.

She carried in her wallet, a piece of paper. I don't know how long, but I know it was from her SA days. The first letters form her name.


Raising chords
Highest heaven because

Love is ours and is
Unable to

Mom was taken from us too soon and she will forever be missed and the world will be less without her.

She left behind a husband, Robert Kenneth Gilliam, a daughter, Jacinda Althea and two sons - Timothy Shane and Jonathan Paul. 
Family links: 
  Cecil Gerald Lucas (1898 - 1964)
  Fern Ormsby Paulk (1909 - 1977)
  Robert Kenneth Gilliam (1937 - 2003)*
  Rita J Campbell (1931 - 1980)*
  Robert Wayne Lucas (1933 - 2005)*
  Miriam Ruth Gilliam (1938 - 1993)
  Mary Lorine Paulk Costello (1948 - 2014)**
*Calculated relationship
Washington County Memory Gardens
Johnson City
Washington County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Jacinda Gilliam
Record added: Sep 10, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15695962
Miriam Ruth Gilliam
Added by: Jacinda Gilliam
Miriam Ruth Gilliam
Added by: Jacinda Gilliam
Miriam Ruth Gilliam
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- Yvonne L.Hღ
 Added: Apr. 15, 2014

- Lance
 Added: Feb. 1, 2013
Happy Mother's Day, Mom. I miss you a lot. It's been a long 18 years since you left us. Never a day goes by I don't think about you. Such wonderful memories they are.
- Jacinda Gilliam
 Added: May. 7, 2011
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