Sachs, Miriam

October 16, 2005

Born in Baltimore August 12, 1920, MIRIAM SACHS spent her early childhood in Gaithersburg MD, returning to Baltimore to attend junior high at School #49 and high school at Western High in the "A" course. The family moved to Lexington VA, where she finished high school in 1935 at age 14. As a child, she contracted and survived tuberculosis but lost her older sister, Beatrice, to the disease. Miriam returned to Baltimore to live with her oldest sister, Edith, and husband, Alexander, attending Peabody Conservatory from which she graduated with a Teacher's Certificate in 1939. Before completing her Peabody degree, she began teaching piano privately at age 15 and continued until 2000 when she retired at age 80. In addition, she taught at the Peabody Prep from the mid-forties to the early 1970's, including approximately 15 years at the Park School. Upon leaving the Peabody, she taught at Samuel Ready School from the early 1970's until that institution closed. In 1957, she purchased her home in Mount Washington where she lived caring for both parents until their deaths and subsequently on her own until 2000 when she moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She filled the grounds of her home with gardens, tending and cultivating them through all the seasons. Beyond her own gardens, she spent many hours volunteering at the Cylburn Arboretum. She had a love of all dogs, and owned a succession of Kerry Blue Terriers, often two at a time, each with a distinct personality. Her immediate family was small and close, and her home was the focal point of elegant gatherings for both family and friends over a 40-year span. Known to most as "Mimi", she surrounded herself with things she loved, decorated her home with antiques, nurtured her gardens, and engaged in music through teaching, concert attendance, and monthly musicales in her home. Her extended family included many close friends, most of whom had been or were piano students. While she had no children of her own, she was devoted to her hundreds of students and to her niece, Deane; to her great niece and nephew, Jenny and Remzi; and to their young children. Her view throughout her life was full of hope and ever willing to take on challenges. On her 85th birthday, she proclaimed to all that she intended to reach 100. Miriam Sachs died in her home on September 12, 2005. She gave of herself and influenced many through out her long life; she will be missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 1:00 P.M. at the Charlestown Chapel, 713 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD.

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