Miriam Arlene Lingle Gillis was born to Grace Mabel (Foreman) and Harry Arthur Lingle on Oct. 23, 1926 in Osceola, Iowa, and passed away Wednesday June 24, 2020 in Brenham. She was 93 years young.
Miriam grew up in Osceola and graduated from Osceola High School in the top 5% of her class in 1944. After graduating, she was accepted into the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She completed all of her nursing credentials by May 1946. She was to be sent to the Navy Psychiatric Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. for nine remaining months of field work. However, her fiancé and high school sweetheart Dick Prather, an Ensign in the Navy had recently died while in a training mission, and she was unable to make the move to Missouri and complete her field work.