Name: Miriam Louise REYBURN-STEELE
RELA: 6th cousin 2x removed
Birth: 16 JUL 1928 in New Kensington, PA
Death: 22 MAR 2011 in Sea Island, Glynn Co., GA
Miriam Reyburn-Steele, 82, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at her home, following a six-month illness.
She was born at New Kensington, Pennsylvania, on July 16, 1928, the daughter of Alfred Reyburn Steele and Grace Mildred Hendrickson Steele, who preceded her in death.
She was married to Robert Goff "Bob" Phillips for 25 years before they were divorced in 1974. During that time they owned and operated a number of successful businesses in Randolph County. Residing on a large farm, they raised Tennessee Walker horses and registered polled Hereford cattle and were actively involved in politics. Miriam was appointed to serve two four-year terms by both a Democrat governor and a Republican governor on the State Welfare Advisory Board in West Virginia. She was raised in the Methodist Church and later became a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Elkins where she sang in the church choir.
Miriam was employed by the West Virginia Division of Highways in the engineering department. A 1945 graduate of Elkins High School, she studied at Davis & Elkins College and obtained a bachelor's degree from Glenville State College. She also earned her real estate degree, an archaeological certificate, appraisal certificates and a paralegal degree. She worked for two years as an assistant forester. Later, she was an active real estate agent and a real estate appraiser for the West Virginia State Tax Commission. She retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Pittsburgh Real Estate Department in real estate acquisition and as an appraiser for a 10-year field project for two locks/dams on the Monongahela River.
Miriam excavated at various historical and Indian archaeological sites in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. When she retired to St. Simons Island, Georgia, she continued to pursue her archeological interests as she recorded the graves at the African-American Cemetery on Sapelo Island, Georgia, for publication and recorded, plotted and compiled Volume I of the Graves of the African-American Village Cemetery and Musgrove Plantation.
Miriam was a member of the Fort Frederica Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution being proud of 10 patriots, John Boyd, Philip King, Robert Allison, John Allison, John Haft, Patrick Callan, William Thompson, Daniel Besore, George Rummel and Jacob May. She was also a member of the St. John's Parish Chapter of Daughters of the American Colonists, a charter member of the St. Simons Island Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, a charter member of the First Families of Western Pennsylvania, a member of Daughters of the Union and a member of the First Families of Ohio.
A prolific writer and researcher, a number of genealogy/history books compiled by her have been shelved in various research libraries and the U.S. Library of Congress. Five remaining books are currently being edited by her daughter for publication.
Her love of travel may have stemmed from her great-grandfather, Daniel May, as Miriam made more than 32 trips to various locations including Europe, Africa, South America, the Panama Canal, Mexico, Iceland, Turkey, and the Caribbean Islands.
Miriam began painting in the last decade and has had her works displayed at various galleries and shows. Currently some of her paintings are on display at the St. Simons Public Library.
Miriam is the mother of two children, Dr. Cynthia (Bruce) Kolsun , an assistant professor at Marshall University of Charleston and Rod Phillips, a retired educator, of St Simons, Georgia. She is the grandmother of four, Stacey Elizabeth Kolsun (Jason) Harper of Morgantown, Marsha Lea Phillips (Terrance) Ward of Mesilla Park, New Mexico, Preston Goff Phillips of Charleston and Phillips Bruce Kolsun of Hagerstown, Maryland. She is also the great- grandmother of four, Jackson Ronald Harper, Evie Grace Harper, William Robert Harper and Benjamin Noble Harper, all of Morgantown. Her sister, Dorothy Steele (Robert) Stacy, resides in Clewiston, Florida.
She lived a life rich in experiences and remarkable friendships. While she loved the mountains, she was drawn to the Golden Isles and her love of the ocean and the magnificence of the marshes.
At her request, no memorial service will be conducted. Special thanks to Heartland Hospice for their support during her final days on this earth. Donations in her honor can be made to Davis & Elkins College Library Gift Fund, 100 Sycamore S., Elkins, West Virginia 26241. Her ashes will be interred at sea.
--- The Inter-Mountain, March 26, 2011
Father: Alfred Reyburn STEELE b: 5 OCT 1899 in Grove City, Mercer Co., PA
Mother: Grace Mildred HENDRICKSON b: 27 JAN 1900 in Springdale, PA
Robert Goff PHILLIPS b: 1 OCT 1923 in Elkins, Randolph Co., WV
14 JAN 1949
in Cumberland, MD
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