Miriam Kinner Obituary

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In Memory of

Miriam Louise Kinner

October 27, 1955 - February 21, 2017
Obituary

On February 21st, Miriam Louise Kinner, known to friends and family as Mimi, lost her life to a recurrence of a cancer thought to have been resolved two years before. She confronted the very aggressive disease, as she lived her life, with optimism, good humor, and faith. She lost her courageous fight but not her spirit. Mimi will be missed by the friends she retained from her years growing up in Montgomery County Maryland. Her parents had moved to the DC metropolitan area from Michigan where Mimi was born. She attended Woodward High School, developing lifelong friendships she cherished. Mimi gained work experience here with the Wall...
On February 21st, Miriam Louise Kinner, known to friends and family as Mimi, lost her life to a
recurrence of a cancer thought to have been resolved two years before. She confronted the
very aggressive disease, as she lived her life, with optimism, good humor, and faith. She lost
her courageous fight but not her spirit. Mimi will be missed by the friends she retained from her
years growing up in Montgomery County Maryland. Her parents had moved to the DC
metropolitan area from Michigan where Mimi was born. She attended Woodward High School,
developing lifelong friendships she cherished. Mimi gained work experience here with the Wall
Street Journal and the Federal Disaster Administration, the forerunner of FEMA. She began
college at University of Maryland, but transferred to the University of Michigan, where she
graduated with teaching credentials. She enjoyed a short stint teaching English in Northville
Michigan before the position was eliminated by budget cuts. Mimi returned to the Washington
DC area and worked as a paralegal in a downtown law firm. While with that firm, she attended
Law School at night at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. Mimi
earned her JD in 1985 and worked with several small firms. She sharpened her expertise in
family law while practicing with Audrey D'cruz, in Fairfax, Virginia. Mimi started the Law Offices
of Miriam Kinner upon Audrey's retirement, and continued a successful law practice until her
death. During her career, Mimi remained concerned about the welfare of her associates and her
clients. Her strength, intelligence and compassion improved the lives of those she worked with
and those who retained her. So many people benefitted from Mimi's support and
encouragement, they too became long term friends.

Mimi reserved her greatest passion for her family. She cared deeply for her parents as they
aged. Mimi worked diligently to manage the estates of her father, William, and her mother, Mary
Lou Holland as they predeceased her within the past year. She is survived by her brother, Paul
Holland and his wife Jane; her sisters, Dr. Susan Holland and her husband, Michael Proctor,
and their son Matthew and his wife Lori, and daughter, Caity; Amy Yendall and her son Billy;
and Jennifer and her husband, David Still and their son Brenden. She was blessed by her
siblings in her time of need as they made extraordinary efforts to support Mimi as she fought
cancer.

Mimi met her husband, Donald, during law school. They married in 1987 and she was always
proud of their strong happy marriage. One of the joys in her life was travelling extensively with
her husband. She was perhaps even prouder of their son, Keil, and daughter, Kelsey. Mimi
worked hard to adopt her children from orphanages in Russia. The opportunity to be the mother
of two beautiful, truly special individuals brought her immense joy.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to the

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"I'm so sad and sorry to hear that we have lost Mimi. Too many losses for your precious family these past few years. It was a joy and treasure to have seen..." Laurie Klein (OR)

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