Miriam (Mim) Eberly, 85, of Lancaster, Pa., died Feb. 2, 2022, as a result of a fall on ice. She was born Aug. 23, 1936, to Leroy and Grace (Sauder) Eberly in Leola, Pa.
After graduating from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1955, she attended nursing school at Lancaster General Hospital. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible from Eastern Mennonite University and became a certified nurse midwife in Belize City. In Hyden, Ky., she trained to become a nurse practitioner. With Eastern Mennonite Missions, she spent six years in Belize, providing care and delivering over 200 babies in Orange Walk and in San Felipe among the Maya. She conducted weekly mobile clinics in the Old Colony Mennonite communities.
In 1976, she returned to the U.S. and continued working as a nurse practitioner in the Lancaster area until 2003. She was involved in Witmer Heights Mennonite Church, occasionally giving sermons. She memorized the Book of Philippians and presented it by memory.
With a heart for the underprivileged, she delivered Panera Bread to the homeless in Lancaster, helped resettle immigrants in Lancaster City, developed the Belize scholarship program for high school students and made humanitarian trips to Haiti, Moldova and Romania. She visited 80-plus countries, which led to broader understanding and friendships. She thrived on opening her home to friends and visitors, gardening, photography, growing flowers, crocheting baby blankets, reading and enjoying concerts with friends. Above all, she desired to learn and to share God’s love.
She is survived by five siblings, Ruth (Don) Harnish of Ephrata, Pa., Naomi (Bob) Gochenaur of Willow Street, Pa., Mary (Bob) Matthews of Alphoretta, Ga., Robert (Nancy Yost) Eberly of Leola Pa., and Linda (Dave) Miller of Greeley, Colo.; 12 nieces and nephews; 24 great-nieces and nephews; and 15 great-great-nieces and nephews. A celebration of life was held Feb. 12 at Groffdale Mennonite Church, Leola, Pa.