Miriam Dean (Meddaugh) Bruner
Miriam Dean (Meddaugh) Bruner, long time resident of Santa Rosa, passed away on May 2, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert C. Bruner, M.D., her parents Thelma E. and George W. Meddaugh. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, William and Jean Meddaugh, her daughter Cori Kelly and husband John, her son Steve Bruner and wife Teresa, and grandchildren Kate and Chris Kelly and Ryan and Shelby Bruner, and many extended family and friends. A native Californian, Miriam (Mimi) was born and raised in Lakeport. She worked at her father’s drug store, then attended Santa Rosa Junior College (where she met her husband Bob in band), Oregon State University, and Sacramento State University where she earned her teaching credential. Miriam taught in Chicago while Bob attended medical school, then San Francisco and Oceanside. She then made it back to Santa Rosa where she happily lived for the remainder of her life. After raising her family she went back to work in the accounting field. She also enjoyed her years as an active member of the Rose Red Chapter of Children’s Home Society. She loved travel and adventure having flown across the country in Bob’s biplane to Oshkosh, Wisconsin and going on various trips with good friends to such destinations as Alaska, Australia, Europe, Mexico (where she went parasailing in her 60’s!!), visiting the Ukraine and staying with the U.S. Ambassador (the son of one of her dear friends, Norma Pifer). She also loved local adventures and enjoyed game night with her family whenever possible. These memories as well as captured quieter moments and everything in between were kept alive and shared in her creative hobby of scrapbooking. A huge fan of the theatre she was an active supporter of 6th Street Playhouse, as well as other various theatre productions in town and San Francisco where she often frequented shows, her favorite being musicals. She was an avid and competitive Bridge player, earning her coveted “Life Master” designation after competing in several tournaments across California, as well as in other states. When less able to travel to play, she continued the love of “her game” by playing bridge on the internet competing with people from across the world. The house in Bennett Valley in which she lived for 48 years was a welcoming home to her friends and family. Miriam said she…”had a great life.” Her kind attitude, caring, sense of humor, and spirit of generosity will be greatly missed. A celebration of her life will be held May 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Eggen and Lance Chapel, 1540 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, give to a charity of your choice in her name.