Miriam Leaphart PDF Print E-mail

Miriam Anita Ballentine Leaphart, 90, of Prosperity, widow of William Harmon Leaphart, Jr., died Monday, February 26, 2018, at Providence Hospital.

Born on March 13, 1927, in Chapin, she was a daughter of the late William Arthur and Clara Armenia Cumalander Ballentine. Mrs. Leaphart taught home economics following her graduation from Winthrop College in 1948 and was then a homemaker for several years. Following the unexpected death of her husband she worked as a substitute teacher and a rural letter carrier while working on her Master's degree at Clemson University from which she graduated in 1982. She then taught elementary school until her retirement. Mrs. Leaphart was a member of the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society for Academic Excellence and the Prosperity Literary Sorosis.

Mrs. Leaphart was a life member of Grace Lutheran Church where she served on many committees and was a member of WELCA. She also served on local and regional Synod Committees. She was on the Board of Directors for Three Rivers Health System for twelve years. She had been a contributor to the Newberry Observer.

She is survived by children, Merrianne LeBoutillier, William Robert (Gwen) Leaphart and Jenni (Chris) Mould and grandchildren, Greer LeBoutiller, Sydney Leaphart, Isabelle Leaphart, Olivia Mould and Alexandra Mould. She was predeceased by siblings, Jeannine Bedenbaugh, Thelma Lee, Robert Ballentine and Furman Ballentine.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm Friday, March 2, 2018, at Newberry Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Michael Price. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Carol Grotnes Belk Campus, 269 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

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#23 Julia Easterlin 2018-03-05 06:09
I am sorry for the loss of your mother and am praying peace and comfort over each of you.
With sympathy,
Julia Easterlin
#22 Julie Myers 2018-03-04 20:23
So sorry for the loss of your lovely mother. Praying for comfort for you and your family.
#21 Teresa Frick-Portwoo 2018-03-04 13:21
Leaphart Family,

I am sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead. Take care.
#20 Pam Livingston Sheal 2018-03-03 13:44
Merrianne, Billy & Jenni, I am so very sorry to hear about Mrs. Miriam. I have so many fond memories of her! Certainly takes me back to so much time spent at each other’s homes, Jenni! Thinking of you all and sending love and sympathy at this sad time. Praying for comfort and peace for you all!
#19 Buck and Luke Black 2018-03-02 19:56
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom who was always kind, considerate and a true friend to all of our family.
#18 Pamela Martin 2018-03-02 15:54
Merrianne and family,we are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Leapharts passing. We extend our deepest condolences and will remember you in our prayers. I have fond memories of Mrs. Leaphart when we worked together with Prosperity PTO.
Love to all.
#17 Rick Kaht 2018-03-02 14:04
So sorry to hear of your family's loss. My deepest condolences. I will keep a good thought for your family.
#16 Dianne & Jerry Rand 2018-03-01 19:26
Merri, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of saying goodbye to a wonderful mother and grandmother. She will live forever in your hearts and in your memories. Treasure those precious times you had together, and lean on those who love you in the coming weeks to help you through this sad time. All our love, Dianne and Jerry
#15 Lynn Wessinger 2018-03-01 11:38
I am so sorry to hear about your precious mom. Please know my thoughts and my prayers are with you all and will continue to be. It's hard to give up our moms; however, we know that Christ's love is with them and He will see you through these difficult days to come.
Love, Lynn Wessinger
#14 Roy Heber Amick 2018-03-01 07:18
My sympathies and condolences to the family. Merrianne, Billy, and Jenni, your Mom was a very special person in my life and her memory remains as a blessing.
#13 June Stepp-King 2018-02-28 21:49
Mrs. Leaphart was one of my favorite teachers; Home Ec. in early '50s. She taught me to love sewing and I still do. May God bless each of you, her children, during this time of sorrow.

June Hawkins Stepp-King
#12 Jimmy Dawkins 2018-02-28 20:48
Merrianne, Billy, and Jenni, may you feel the presence of God's love and peace and he wraps his arms around you and watches over you during these difficult times. Cherish the wonderful memories!
#11 Jimmy Dawkins 2018-02-28 20:48
Merrianne, Billy, and Jenni, may you feel the presence of God's love and peace and he wraps his arms around you and watch over you during these difficult times. Cherish the wonderful memories!
#10 Debbie Dennis 2018-02-28 20:36
So sorry to hear about Mrs Leaphart . She was a special lady & wonderful teacher . Sending prayers to her family .
#9 Bruce Connelly 2018-02-28 20:02
So sorry to learn of Mrs Miriam's passing. She was such a great lady. Thank you God for sharing her with us. The Bruce Connelly family
#8 Annette Kyzer 2018-02-28 16:06
Rembering Mrs. Leaphart with loving and caring thoughts.
She was a super home economics teacher. RIP to a dear lady.
Sympathy and prayers......
#7 Sarah Williams 2018-02-28 11:54
So very sad to hear of Mrs. Leaphart's passing. She was my 2nd grade teacher at Prosperity and I thought the world of her. Even into college, she would stop me at the Prosperity Christmas parade to see how I was doing and how school was going. Heaven has gained a precious angel.
#6 Danny Kinard 2018-02-28 10:31
Am sorry to hear of Mrs. Miriam's passing. She was such a good neighbor to my aunt and uncle, Juanita and Everette Kibler. She always had kind words for me when I went for a visit to their house. Jenni was always such a good student in my class and Miriam was a wonderful supporter of her children.Your loss is heaven's gain.I am sure Juanita and Miriam are catching up on lost time now.
#5 Jenny Braswell 2018-02-28 07:47
Merrianne, Billy,& Jenni, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. Take comfort in knowing that God has taken away her pain & suffering and He has given her beautiful peace, as she abides in Him. She was a wonderful Mother & I know you will miss her so much. In God's Love, Jenny Epting Braswell
#4 Sheriff Lee Foster 2018-02-27 22:31
Our family extends our sympathy on the passing of Ms. Miriam. She was such a lovely and kind lady that thought of others first. Our family offers our prayers and our love to you. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia, and Jennylee
#3 Debbie Shealy 2018-02-27 18:23
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Leapharts passing. I so wish I had stopped to see her one last time. She and Jeannine were true southern belles and I loved talking with both of them. You are each in my prayers. She loved all of you dearly and spoke so fondly of her children and grandchildren. May your memories and faith help you through this. With deepest sympathy.
Debbie & Kenneth Shealy
#2 Wendy Lester Riley 2018-02-27 16:12
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. We are praying for God's comfort for you all.
#1 Jean Bedenbaugh 2018-02-27 16:09
Meme, you have been so special to me. You are another loving angel watching over us. Give mom a hug from me.