Miriam S. Royer

April 12, 1921 – Nov. 14, 2019

Miriam S. Royer, 98, of Martinsburg passed away Thursday morning at Homewood Retirement Center. She was born in rural Martinsburg, daughter of the late Preston Cleveland and Fannie (Lehman) Smith. On April 19, 1944, she married Denver G. Royer in St. Matthew’s Church, Martinsburg, and he preceded her in death on March 8, 2009.

Surviving are a niece, Laverne Fike; and a nephew, Preston Kephart.

Miriam was preceded in death by three sisters: Marjorie F. Smith, G. Evelyn Kephart and Belva S. Bartges.

She was a 1938 graduate of Morrison Cove High School, Martinsburg, and also received a business certificate from the Altoona School of Commerce.

Miriam retired as a secretary from Agway Eastern States, rural Williamsburg, following 40 years of service, and was previously employed for Ed H. Lykens Insurance, Martinsburg, Hershberger & Myers, Martinsburg, and the Blair County Courthouse Agricultural Conservation Office.

She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, and a former member of Zion Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, where she participated in the Adult Choir. Miriam was also a member of the North Woodbury Grange, and Hollidaysburg Chapter 471 Order of the Eastern Star. She loved traveling with her husband, Denver, and more recently enjoyed taking long drives through the Cove in her old green Ford pickup truck.

Friends will be received from 10:30 a.m. until the noon service, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at Bice Memorial Chapel at Homewood at Martinsburg, with Pastor Traci Marriott Bowman and Rev. Jerry McCuller Jr. officiating. Private interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.

Memorial contributions in memory of Miriam may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 115 E. Penn St., Martinsburg, PA 16662.

Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.