Resident Spotlight: Miriam Larsen

October 26, 2017

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Miriam Larsen was born at home in Hunter, North Dakota. She has one older brother as a sibling. She describes the area they lived in as prairie lands, however they spent many summer days at the lake. In 1955 Miriam married Dean and they moved to Oklahoma in 1964. They had 2 daughters and 2 sons, and Miriam was a stay at home mother while her children were growing up. Her 4 children have blessed her family with 13 grandchildren, including a set of quadruplets, and 11 great-grandchildren. In the early 1990s Miriam went back to school at Tulsa Junior College and earned a degree to be a Physical Therapy Assistant. Using this skill, she went on to work at St. John Medical Center, Central States Orthopedic Center, and a doctor’s office. When I asked Miriam what she liked to do for enjoyment, her face lit up and she said, “sing”! Miriam was a part of the Tulsa Tri Tones, the First Methodist Chapel Choir performing Madrigal Court dinners and many other choirs. She was even a church choir director for 15 years. Another fun fact about Miriam and Dean is that they were the owners of the Sleepy Hollow restaurant on 65th and Lewis. It was a Tulsa favorite that served the best family style meals. Their son-in-law was the baker of their famous buttermilk biscuits. If you lived in Tulsa during those years, you have surely eaten at Sleepy Hollow. After retirement, Miriam and her husband would go to Minnesota to either Loon Lake, or Lake Lizzy and rent a cabin for 3 months. They had a lot of relatives in the area and people would gather and make memories. Miriam, and her two dogs, Jack and Millie, have adjusted well to University Village and she is having a ball. She has already joined the 300 club in Wii bowling and, of course, is a member of the choir.

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