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Mirriam Lorna Andes


Mirriam Lorna Hall Mitchell Andes, 95, passed away after a brief illness on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. She was born in Grinnell, Iowa, on July 16, 1923, to Glen Thomas and Madeline Speeter Hall of Madison Township. She attended Madison #9 country school for eight years and graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1941.
Mirriam married Glen Ross Mitchell. They farmed in rural Brooklyn and had three daughters, Carol Mitchell Roudabush, Linda Mitchell Blazicek and LeeAnn Mitchell. Their marriage ended in 1963.
Her love of art led her to sign up for the Famous Artists Correspondence Course, where she honed her skills. She also did a great deal of sign work around the county.
On Nov. 5, 1964, she married Ernest R. Andes of Brooklyn and added his two children to her family, Karen Andes Roberts and Larry Andes. Mirriam did bookkeeping for Ernie's Standard Oil tank wagon business.
After Ernie's retirement, they spent multiple winters in Chandler, Ariz. Ernie passed away in 1989.
She taught several art adult education classes at BGM High School. She was a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and a member of several art groups in Arizona and Iowa. Mirriam took great pride in her artwork and entered many contests, where she won many ribbons. She won first place in the state of Iowa with her watercolor of a blacksmith's shop. Her artwork hangs in many homes and businesses around the country. Mirriam created a new print for 11 straight years to help the Grinnell Ag Appreciation Day raise money. Additionally, her artwork frequently was featured in displays at the Grinnell Art Gallery.
Her love of travel led her to England, Mexico (twice) and all over the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Mirriam loved church. Her parents helped found the Madison Church of Christ, where she was baptized. After marrying Ernie Andes, she became a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernie Andes; and her brother, Norman Hall.
Mirriam is survived by brothers, Don Hall of Montezuma and John (Jack) Hall of Grinnell, along with her sister, Carol Hall Klein; all five of her children; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Private graveside services will be held on Oct. 20 at the Brooklyn Cemetery.
She asked that memorial gifts be directed to the Brooklyn Library to support her love of reading or to Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, Iowa.