Miriam Carol Huelsmann,  89, of Little River, South Carolina, formerly of Trenton, died Monday, July 23, 2018, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

She was born in Trenton January 16, 1929, daughter of Carl Frederick and Anna Huelsmann, nee Dittmer, and they preceded her.

Miriam was also preceded  by her sisters, Mary Ann Harmon and Elva Huelsmann  Ranz, and brothers-in-law, Charles Harmon and Howard Ranz.

She is survived by her brother, Charles (Dorothy) Huelsmann of Waterloo, and family; and nieces, Charlotte Ranz (Mike Tavernise)  of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, Janine (Roger) Piburn, and Rebecca  Rapp of Shallotte, North Carolina, and Barbara Richardson of Jacksonville, Florida, and their families.

Miriam earned her bachelor’s  and master’s degrees in education at Illinois State University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  Her memberships  included the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Illinois Historical Society, Carlyle Lake Audubon Society  and Trenton Cemetery Association. She was a longtime  member of St. John United Church of Christ and sang in the choir for many years. She began her teaching career in music at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville  and then switched to fourth grade. She always said fourth graders were old enough to be interested in what she was teaching and young enough for her to handle.

Miriam was an ardent environmentalist and recycled  long before recycling was popular. She loved her birds and you only needed to look out her window to see dozens of hummingbirds  crowding around her bird feeders. Her walls were adorned with photos, drawings,  paintings and clocks that featured her feathered friends.

Friends and family were always welcomed with plenty  of home-grown vegetables.  Extremely organized, she served as the family archivist and did much genealogical  research.

She left her beloved Trenton and joined her nieces on the east coast. We are honored to have been with her to share her final years.

There will be a local service  at 11 a. m. on Saturday, September 29, at St. John United Church of Christ in Trenton, followed by a visitation  and lunch with family  and friends in the church basement

Private interment at Trenton Cemetery.