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Miriam Rose Herndon

November 1, 1951 –
 October 23, 2021

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Miriam Rose Herndon, beloved wife of Dr. James Herndon and loving mother of Lauren Glass, passed away on Saturday, October 23, after a brief illness. She was 69.

Miriam Patrice Rose was born November 1, 1951 in Leakesville, Mississippi, the first of four children. The family moved to Amite, Louisiana in 1954, then moved to Dallas in 1966 where she was involved in the drill team and student government. She was known among her many friends for her bubbly energy and easy laugh. After graduating from the University of Texas in 1973, she taught middle school briefly then began her career managing medical practices which she continued until her retirement.

She married Dr. Herndon in 1997 and they enjoyed 24 years together. “We always made sure we were on the same team,” said Dr. Herndon of their marriage.

She was a steadfast mother to her daughter from a previous marriage, Lauren Glass, and a welcoming stepmother to stepson Mark Glass. Though she was competitive with her brother John, one year her junior, they held a deep bond. Her two younger sisters depended on her for long talks about children, jobs, and men.  And she was a doting aunt to her two nephews and a niece.

An avid gardener, she was happiest among her flowers which included orchids as well as a multitude of flowering shrubs, succulents, and roses. Aphids and thrips were her sworn enemies, but she would never stoop so low as to use non-organic means to rid her leafy children of the pests.

She brought the beauty indoors by making exquisite needlework pillows and pictures which she gifted to family and friends. The Herndon home was always lushly decorated for each season with custom wreaths and arrangements. And she carried on the family tradition of great cooking and large holiday gatherings with friends and family.

She devoted the last several years of her life to caring for her beloved mother, Rubye Rose, with whom she shared her passion for plants and family. Mrs. Rose passed away in April 2021. Throughout her life, Miriam was fortunate to know many helpers including advisors, aids for her mother, housekeepers, and gardeners, all of whom she treated like family. On her passing, many noted how special she was and that they had never known anyone quite like her.

Her close friends included fellow gardeners, long-time members of her aquatic exercise group who call themselves “the mermaids”, classmates from high school that she had held onto all those years, and more recent friends acquired throughout Dr. Herndon’s distinguished career in the Dallas medical community.

Mrs. Herndon was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Rubye Rose, and her sister Elizabeth Sheppard, all of Dallas.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. James Herndon of Dallas; daughter Lauren Glass of Chicago, Illinois; brother John Rose of La Grande, Oregon; sister Rosemarie Rose (Bob Meyers) of Alexandria, Virginia; nephew Adam Gain of Dallas; niece April Gain (Obed Manuel) of Denver, Colorado; nephew Sam Meyers of Alexandria, Virginia; stepson Mark Glass (Serafina) of Dallas; and stepdaughters Eleanor Munson (John), Margaret Herndon (Kurt Scheiner), and Emily Herndon, all of Dallas. Mourners include aunts, uncles and cousins in Dallas, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Bones.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane Dallas, TX 75234 on November 23,2021 at 11:00 AM

To view the service online visit: https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/login Password: 6GHSGH

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following organizations dear to her heart:

Operation Kindness (animals in need): www.operationkindness.org/make-a-memorial-gift

Dallas County Master Gardeners, please specify Rain-Catcher’s Unit:

Online: https://dallascountymastergardeners.org/index.php/support-us/

Mail: Checks noted as “Donation” can be mailed to Treasurer, Dallas County Master Gardener Association, 6820 LBJ Freeway #3200, Dallas, TX 75240

Semones Family YMCA (Town North): www.ymcadallas.org/locations/town_north

7 Thoughts on Miriam Rose Herndon
    Laura Jane Foulks Drew
    13 Oct 2022
    10:41am

    Rosie and John,
    I have so many memories of Miriam as we grew up together in Amite, LA. Playing with our Barbie dolls, roller skating on the driveway or even making a hide out in the woods where no boys were allowed, comes to my mind! I will never forget her infectious laughter and giggles along the way. Miriam was a great neighbor and friend of the Foulks family. She will be missed. Laura Jane Drew

    Randy Foulks
    13 Oct 2022
    10:41am

    Rosie and John
    Miriam was a great friend and inspiration for me, and her whole family was good friends to the Foulks family across the street. Our growing up years with Miriam and John was loaded with fun and laughter as we skated on the sidewalk, climb the oak tree, and “hung out on the limb,” those were the days and the sun seemed to shine much brighter.
    I remember the time in fifth grade when Miriam and I were asked to work a science project on electromagnetism and the project was successful, little did I know that this was the inspiration that sparked my career in electrical and heating and air conditioning which has been successful now for over 50 years, all that stems from that science project.
    Miriam was always thoughtful and caring and honored her parents well of such I have never seen, she and her brother Johnny, Beth, and Rosie we’re all raised being thoughtful and caring of one another. All of the Foulks family loved the Rose family, Miriam will never be forgotten.
    Randy Foulks

    Ross Anderson
    13 Oct 2022
    10:41am

    I have so many fond memories of Miriam, indeed the whole Rose family, from high school. I am so shocked that such a beloved person left us so suddenly. The sun shine is a little dimmer and will be for awhile. She was always so cheerful and full of life. Though I haven’t seen her in a while, I will miss her knowing that she is no longer with us. John and Rosie, hang in there. I’m here for you if you need me; just e-mail me.
    Love,
    Ross

    Joan Thompson
    13 Oct 2022
    10:41am

    I met Miriam at the Y. Her friendly nature always made a person feel better. She gathered all the names of her fellow Aerobic Swimmers so that they could stay in contact. She will definitely be missed.

    Kathleen Mary Knuettel
    13 Oct 2022
    10:41am

    I met Miriam at the Y in 2011 in water aerobics class and we quickly became friends. She was always smiling and cheerful, no mater what. She kept the group together with her mermaids’ contact list and communication. Mir was taking care of her mother at the same time I was and we were able to exchange stories. She was always fun, and made me laugh when we had lunch. I will miss her.

    Hudspeth, Tom Jr
    13 Oct 2022
    10:42am

    One of the sweetest people I have ever known. Even though we did not stay in touch since graduation from high school
    Miriam was one of the persons and her brother John that I hold very dear memories.

    Tim Ryan
    13 Oct 2022
    10:42am

    John, one fond memory of Miriam that you might enjoy. Sophomore year (I think) at White we had Mr Tunnell for biology. He would call Miriam a ‘Vaso diolator’ because she would blush. Which she did every time he said that. She was one of my many HS crushes

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