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Miriam Elizabeth Rand
NEW GLOUCESTER -- On Oct. 26, 2012, Miriam Elizabeth Rand died on the same exact date as her husband Elwin Everett Rand did 15 years prior. Their 56 year marriage started Christmas Day 1941 when Elwin came home on leave from the military. Their living monument is the 88 foster children for whom they opened their hearts and home. She lived a busy full 91 years, until a stroke and an extended battle with Alzheimer's sent her to her husband's arms.
Born on Aug. 14, 1921, to Freeman S. and Dora F. (Goldrup) Groves, Miriam attended Cumberland, Yarmouth schools and graduated from North Yarmouth Academy.
Miriam and Elwin were leaders in the Portland Foster Parents Association. In 1990 Miriam was nominated for a Jefferson Award for community service.
Miriam was a dedicated member of the North Deering Congregational Church in Portland. Even in her 80s she worked on the church's Friday fish chowder lunches. An active member of the Church Guild she helped organize the annual Christmas fair. She enjoyed the Guild quilting group. In her lifetime she made multitudinous highly prized quilts for friends, family and church fund-raisers. She and her husband Elwin shared co-presidency of the church's Kumdubbles.
An avid gardener, her place on Panoramic View Drive was a showplace for flowers. She often brought flowers to the Portland Bridge Club where the and her partner Helen Schade were frequent tournament winners. She passed on her love of gardening through her work as a mentor for Garden Angels.
In this holiday season, her family and friends will miss her cooking and hospitality.
Miriam leaves four children, Robert A. Rand (Mary), David E. Rand (Lynn), Roger F. Rand (Lisa) and Margaret Ruth (Rand) Farda. She leaves behind many foster children including Sharon Libby Jones (Ronnie), Becky Rand, Christine Johnson, Susanne Graham (LeFavor), Helena and Monica Flowers; grandchildren, David H. Rand, Andrew Rand, Scott A. Rand (Carmen), John J. Rand (Rose), Sarah E. Rand, Morgan Rand, Haley Rand (Pitman) (Chris), Kevin, James and Anthony Farda; great-grandchildren, William Rand 'Jack' Duggan and Jonathan Rand; and the Farda children, Matthew, Austin, Thomas, Isaiah, Autum, Kayonna, Zoie, Kallighan, and Kevin Jr. Miriam was predeceased by two sisters, Margaret I. Erskine and Ruth Blow, brother Richard F. Groves; and a good friend, Laurence Montague.
Miriam's interment ceremony will be on Nov. 16, at the Lower New Gloucester Cemetery at 2 p.m. Family and friends are invited. On June 15, 2013, we will hold a celebration of life at the Cousins Island Church and Community Center. We ask family and friends to join us in the celebration. Condolences may be expressed at
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 11, 2012
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"Our sympathy to all of Miriam's extended family. She has been missed at North Deering Congregational..."
"I was one of many of those foster children, and as a foster child Mariam was one of a kind. Sharon she..."
- Karen Jensen-Hartman
"My sympathies to the Rand family. Miriam was such a strong presence in our church and has been and will..."
- Ann Cobb
"How blessed I was to have you as Mom! I was the first of 88 foster children to join your loving family! ..."
- Sharon Libby Jones
"I extend my sympathy to Miriam"s family from from her cousin. Dave Goldrup Bridgton"
- David Goldrup
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