Miriam Gross passed away on February 18, 2023.
Miriam Gross, 98, of Cottage Grove, Oregon passed February 18, 2023. Miriam was born January 31, 1925 in San Fernando, California to parents John Earl and Mildred Ione (Olney) Aikens. Miriam met the love of her life, Ward at a youth meeting in Van Nuys, California. They married on May 21, 1948 only 100 feet from where they met. This May of 2023 would have marked their 75th wedding anniversary. Ward said, “they had a remarkable marriage, and he was truly blessed.” In 1960 Miriam and Ward adopted two sons Steven and Martin. Miriam lived in Cottage Grove for over 16 years and retired from Bank of America. She loved knitting Afghans and sweaters, cross stitching and many are displayed in their home. Miriam loved to read, and music was her passion. She enjoyed singing in the choir at the 1st Baptist Church in Cottage Grove. She is survived by her husband Ward of Cottage Grove, OR; and two sons Steven Laird Gross and Martin Todd Gross. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church located at 301 S. 6th Street on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 12:00p.m. (after church). A private family inurnment will be at Walker Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.