Miriam Della Rivers

Miriam Della Rivers

March 20, 1935-Nov. 27, 2021


Miriam Della Rivers of Crawfordsville passed into heaven Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at the age of 86.

Miriam was born March 20, 1935, at Crawfordsville, to James B. and Bessie “Carter” Harrington. History records that Miriam was a granddaughter of local Civil War veteran, James Alaxander Harrington, whom was honorably discharged from the Union Army on June 6, 1865.

Miriam attended Crawfordsville schools and one day in her early teens she met Robert Max Rivers, who soon became the love of her life. Miriam and Bob were married March 25, 1951, in her family home at Crawfordsville. Miriam and Bob started a family; raised four children; enjoyed many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and celebrated 67 years of marriage before Bob passed away in April 2018.

Miriam was well known locally for her beautiful soprano voice and was called on to sing at many weddings, funerals and church services. Miriam was a member of Fremont Street Baptist Church in Crawfordsville, where she served along side of her husband in many different areas of service in the church.

Miriam is survived by sister Ann Ward; her four children, James Robert (Carolyn), David Matthew (Paula), Thomas Joel (Sue) and Melody Rene (Lee) Overfelt; 15 grandchildren, Adam, Bob, Jon, Joe, Bekah, Danny, Josh, Brian, Elizabeth, Christina, Jamie, Ryan, Jada, Seth and Haley; as well as a plethora of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Miriam is preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Max Rivers; her parents, James B. and Bessie May Harrington; her brothers, Marlon and James Harrington; and sister Evelyn M. Frey.

A calling will be held at Hunt and Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the funeral service immediately following. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, where she will be laid beside her husband Bob.

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