On angel’s silvered wings, Miriam E. Pulling was delivered to her Lord and Savior on May 17, 2015 at the age of 94. She was born the seventh out of eight children to the late Reverend Kerry Elde and Pearl Josephine (Downs) Shindledecker, on February 17th, 1921.
Miriam graduated from Edinboro High School with the class of 1939, and attended Edinboro State Teacher’s College for two years. She married Frank N. Pulling on February 4, 1942. Upon Frank’s Naval discharge, she joined him in Edinboro, and spent the rest of her life there, raising their four children and becoming a vital part of the community.
Miriam was a superb cook and was most at home in her kitchen. She enjoyed preparing meals for her family, and friends, many who called her “mother”. As a quintessential “preachers kid”, all were welcome to her table at any time and no one ever left hungry. She truly had a gift for preparing and serving food. She worked at the Crossroads Dinor during high school and at several other times throughout her life. When her children were older, Miriam was the manager of the General McLane cafeteria system. Her pies are legendary and she did, on occasion, bake pies for the Crossroads Dinor.
At an early age, her talents included hanging wallpaper and tailoring. She was also a gifted singer and, as a high school senior, won a state forensics award with her magic voice. While in college, as a member of “the greatest generation”, she served the Civil Air Patrol. Her role was to sit in the parapet at (then) Kiehl’s Funeral Home and issue a warning if Edinboro air space was invaded.
She was an active, lifetime member of the Edinboro United Methodist Church, and sang alto in the church choir for many years. She performed as a soloist for many occasions. She was also a talented organist. She served in the Ladies Auxillary of the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department (Frank served as chief for many years). She was also a 57 year member of the Edinboro Shadbush Club and had lifetime member status. She was an honorary member of the Edinboro Historical Society. She was a clever wordsmith and kept her brain sharp by excelling at crossword puzzles.
She was generous, funny, selfless, and strong. She was a living example of how to treat others with lovingkindness.
She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Frank in 1980; brothers, Ormel, Lynn Ardell, Donald, and Leroy Shindledecker; and sisters Helen Andrus, Louise Duncan, Maxine Brown. Celebrating her life are her son, Donald of Edinboro, and daughters Kathleen (William) Brown of Warrenton, VA, Barbara (Ken) Chernicky of McKean, and Judy Pulling of Edinboro; seven grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held on FRIDAY at the Edinboro United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Lisa Grant officiating. We hope that her many friends will join us in this celebration.
Burial will be in Edinboro Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Edinboro United Methodist Church, 113 High St., Edinboro, PA 16412 or the AseraCare Hospice, 1600 Peninsula Dr., Suite 14, Erie, PA 16505 . To send condolences please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com.