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Miriam R. Wall, 89

Miriam R. (Oban) Wall, a longtime Westport resident, died July 9 following a joyful day spent with family and meeting her first great-granddaughter, Kelsey. She was 89.

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Miriam Wall: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of Nathan C. Oban and Geraldine (Elkins) Oban, she was born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, alongside her twin sister, Marie, brother, Clayton and sister, Loretta. 

A 1945 graduate of Nashua High School, she attended Rivier College and received an Associate Degree in administrative/secretarial studies in 1947. 

She worked for an insurance agency in Nashua before meeting the love of her life, Richard T. Wall, on Hampton Beach, New Hampshire in 1950. They were married on Oct. 27, 1951 and were devoted to each other for 51 years.

Richard and Miriam first made their home in Hartford, followed by Newington, and finally planting their roots in Westport.

It was in Westport that Miriam and Richard raised their family with laughter, joy, happiness and the bumps and bruises that come with three boys. They remained in Westport for over 40 years. 

Miriam was the epitome of a “boy’s mom” — ever present and deeply involved in school activities, sports, time at Compo Beach, the pool at Longshore and trips to Lake Lillinonah. 

She was a staunch supporter of Little League, working the concession stand at the Coleytown field, while cheering on her boys. While her boys were in school, she also worked as a “lunch lady” at Coleytown Junior High and Staples High School.

As time passed and her children grew, she began her career outside of the home, initially supporting Richard’s new business and mastering the early days of the IBM Typesetting Technology.

Her next step was with marketing-research firm, Trendex, Inc. as an executive secretary and then on to Glendinning, Inc. 

Her real calling came later in life, beginning with the Westport Parks & Recreation Department, handing out beach stickers and transitioning to the “Story Lady” for the young children attending camp at Compo Beach School. 

Being around and working with children was her love and led ending her working career as a paraprofessional at Kings Highway Elementary School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her parents, Nathan and Geraldine, her brother, Clayton and sisters, Loretta and Marie. She is survived by her sons Thomas Patrick and wife Susan (Reynolds) of Litchfield New Hampshire, Richard Michael of Westbrook, and Robert Nathan and wife Nena (Hyatt) of Northborough, Massachusetts. 

She is also survived by her granddaughters Casey Lynn and wife Heidi Morton of Worcester, Massachusetts, Courtney Colleen and husband Mike Van Nostrand of Northborough, Massachusetts, Kelly Ann and husband Ryan Worsman of Weare, New Hampshire, and Elizabeth Banks Wall of Westborough, Massachusetts. 

She was delighted and overjoyed to meet her great-granddaughter, Kelsey Katherine Van Nostrand, of Northborough shortly before she died.

Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours on Monday, July 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Her funeral will be held Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Burial will follow at the Assumption Cemetery on Green Farms Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Miriam’s memory may be made to ALS Association: Team Truman #20min4amy#endALS’ Fundraising Page: http://tst.als.net/20min4amyendals JDRF Improving lives. Curing Type 1 Diabetes
https://www.jdrf.org or call (800) 533- CURE (2873)

For guest book and directions, visit http://www.hardingfuneral.com.

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