MIRIAM GERALDINE RAUB - Smith Mountain Eagle: Obituaries

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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:19 pm

Miriam Geraldine Raub was born on June 16, 1922, and passed away on May 8, 2012, in Macedonia, Ohio. She led a rewarding Christian life as devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Methodist, musician, and business manager for nearly 90 years before joining the Lord in Heaven.  Miriam was the second of two daughters born to Norman Joseph Smith and Laura Keagy Smith in New Castle, Pa. Her sister Camilla Smith Myers was eight years older. As a child of the Great Depression, Miriam learned early the importance of hard work. She graduated from New Castle High School in 1939, and married Dr. Paul Lester Raub in 1942. She attended business school in New Castle, which prepared her to manage the business side of her husband’s medical practice for several decades in Greenville, Pa.  Miriam raised four sons in Greenville, starting in 1947. Always a motivator, cheerleader, and supporter, she sent all four to college and to medical or graduate schools. She lived in Greenville and Hempfield Township until 1993.  Miriam was a committed Methodist throughout her life. She was baptized and later met her husband Paul at the Epworth United Methodist Church in New Castle. She taught Sunday School at the First United Methodist Church and was an officer of the Christian Women’s Club in Greenville, where she became a born again Christian. Miriam sang in the choir at the Oriental United Methodist Church in Oriental, N.C., where she and Paul lived for their first 12 years of retirement. She attended the Bethlehem United Methodist Church at Smith Mountain Lake, Va., for three years.  In addition to her beloved family and church, Miriam had many interests. Starting to play as a child, she became an accomplished pianist and organist; Christmas carols were a specialty. She knitted for much of her adult life, delighting family members with her labors of love. She played bridge skillfully. Miriam enjoyed deep sea fishing, and landed some big ones in the Gulf Stream near Cape Hatteras. She enjoyed forests and woods, the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches, Lake Erie, Pymatuning Lake, and Smith Mountain Lake - any opportunity to share the outdoors with her family. She learned to swim at the age of 73 in Oriental, N.C.  Miriam’s husband of nearly 70 years, Dr. Paul Lester Raub, and three of their four sons survive her. Dr. Daniel J. Raub lives in Aurora, Ohio, with his wife Linda Riley Raub. Brian D. Raub and Lisa Callahan Raub live in Moneta, Va. Paul L. Raub and Beth Raver Raub live in Montoursville, Pa. Dr. Jeffrey D. Raub, formerly married to Lois Garner, died in 2004.  Miriam also leaves six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Brett Raub of Streetsboro, Ohio, married to Stephanie Perez, plus their daughter Tate and son Evan; Corey Raub of Medina, Ohio, married to Jaclyn Funk, plus their son Jack; Lindsey Raub Kantawee of New York City, married to Anan Kantawee; Stephanie Raub Rasmussen of Portland, Oregon, married to Kyle Rasmussen; Erin Raub of Santa Barbara de Heredia, Costa Rica, married to Fabian Cordero, plus their son Max; and Gabriela Raub of Montoursville, Pa.  Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church, 73 Clinton St., Greenville, on Saturday, May 12, 2012.  Burial was held at Shenango Valley Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 73 Clinton St., Greenville or to the Hospice of the donor’s choice.  An online guest book can be signed at: www.osbornefuneralhome.com.

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