Miriam Ruth Ditzel Darnall Kramer passed away Sept. 24, 2011 at Providence Mt. Carmel hospital in Colville with her beloved husband of 18 years, Len Kramer, at her side. She was born April 13, 1928 in Takoma Park, MD to William Alwin and Aletha Kranz Ditzel.
Besides being a legal secretary and homemaker, Miriam loved the outdoors and was an avid outdoor survivalist and edible wild plant enthusiast, accompanying her late husband, Jack Darnall, while traveling in many countries conducting wilderness living schools. She taught edible and medicinal wild plants to groups from a young age to the university level. Jack and Miriam co-authored wilderness living and edible wild plant books and videos.
Being a committed and dedicated Christian of the Seventh-day Adventist faith, Miriam enjoyed a life-long relationship with God and had a deep interest in the study of last day events. Her family was very near and dear to her heart and she just loved people in general, being a very accepting person, no matter who you were or what you had done. Her cheerfulness and acceptance will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Miriam was preceded in death by her father and mother, William and Aletha Ditzel, and by her late husband, Jack Darnall.
She is survived by her husband, Len Kramer, and daughter, Sherilyn Booth, both of Kettle Falls; a son, Dennis Darnall, Massachusetts; a daughter, Shonna Frietas, Chico, CA; four grandchildren, Jon Shumate, Roseville, CA; Sherena and Michael Brixius, Kettle Falls; Randy Yost, Kettle Falls; and Abigail Grattidge, Chico; and three great-grandchildren, Kayley, Leah and Ethan Brixius, all of Kettle Falls.
A memorial service will be held at the Kettle Falls Seventh-day Adventist church at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. All are welcome to attend.
Memorial contributions may be given in memory of Miriam Kramer to Amazing Facts, P.O. Box 1058 Roseville, CA 95678-8058.
The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville is entrusted with arrangements
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