Miriam Rubin - Sousa Obituary

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Miriam Claire Rubin - Sousa

October 7, 1983 - February 23, 2012
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Miriam Claire Rubin-Sousa, 28, of Lowell and Amherst, MA and Plattsburgh, NY, ended her long struggle with cancer on Thursday morning, February 23, 2012, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Miriam intensely loved life, keeping her fire alive through many trials. She filled life with love and energy, many adventures and accomplishments. Miriam was a 2009 graduate of Amherst College with a BA in Psychology and certification in Early Childhood Education. During numerous family camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking trips Miriam developed knowledge and curiosity about the natural world. After college she worked for the MA...
Miriam Claire Rubin-Sousa, 28, of Lowell and Amherst, MA and Plattsburgh, NY, ended her long struggle with cancer on Thursday morning, February 23, 2012, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Miriam intensely loved life, keeping her fire alive through many trials. She filled life with love and energy, many adventures and accomplishments. Miriam was a 2009 graduate of Amherst College with a BA in Psychology and certification in Early Childhood Education. During numerous family camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking trips Miriam developed knowledge and curiosity about the natural world.

After college she worked for the MA Audubon Society at their Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary in Worcester, MA. She combined her passion for the outdoors with her love for working with children; first as a nature guide and educator at the Audubon Society and later as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. She passionately enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, and foraging. She was a superb cook, bringing her characteristic creativity into the kitchen.

Miriam married Christopher Sousa on June 27, 2010 under a homemade chuppah at her parents' home on the shore of Lake Champlain. Miriam leaves behind her beloved husband, kayaking buddy and friend Christopher; her treasured parents, Hal Rubin and Lorna Clark-Rubin; sister and best friend Ilana; older brother Aaron and his wife Laura; grandfather Crandall Clark; aunts Susan Davis, Sheryl Clark and Marjorie Barnard; and many great-aunts and great-uncles. She was the cherished daughter-in-law of Joyce and Lewis Weisman and Stephen Sousa, sister-in-law of Rebecca Sousa and Rachel Herrick. She was beloved aunt of Margaret, Elizabeth, and Alexa; and cousin of Erika, Andrew, Robert, Lily, Sam, Milan, Gabriel, Sara and Kevin. She was predeceased by her grandparents Martha Clark and Lillyan and Saul Rubin, uncle Alan Davis, and many great-aunts and great-uncles.

The Funeral Service will take place at Stanetsky's Memorial Chapel in Canton, MA at 10:00 AM Sunday February 26 followed by her interment at Sharon Memorial Park. A Memorial service will be held in Plattsburgh Wednesday February 29, 7:00 PM at Temple Beth Israel, One Bowman Street. Shiva will continue Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in the home of Hal Rubin and Lorna Clark-Rubin. Charitable contributions in Miriam's name may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, c/o Miriam C. Rubin-Sousa Fund, Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604 www.massaudubon.org

AS PUBLISHED IN THE BOSTON GLOBE FEBRUARY 25, 2012: Rubin-Sousa, Miriam Claire, of Lowell, MA, formerly of Amherst, MA and Plattsburgh, NY, age 28. Entered into rest February 23, 2012. Beloved wife of Christopher Allen Sousa. Dear daughter of Hal I. Rubin and Lorna J. Clark-Rubin of Plattsburgh, NY. Loving sister of Aaron M. Rubin and his wife Laura of Pinehurst, NC and Ilana Z. Rubin of Woburn, MA. Cherished daughter-in-law of Joyce and Lewis Weisman of Stoughton, MA and Stephen A. Sousa of Hopkinton, MA. Also survived by aunts Susan, Marjorie, and Sheryl; grandfather Crandall Clark; sisters-in-law Rebecca L. Sousa and Rachel A. Herrick; and three nieces. Funeral service at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington Street, Canton, MA on Sunday, February 26 at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA. Memorial observance following interment will be at the home of Susan Davis until 5:30 PM and resuming Monday 3:30 to 7:30 PM. Memorial observance in Plattsburgh, NY will be Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Temple Beth Israel, One Bowman Street www.bethisraelplattsburgh.org and Thursday at 7:00 PM at the home of Dr. Hal Rubin and Dr. Lorna Clark-Rubin. Charitable contributions in Miriam's name may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, c/o Miriam C. Rubin-Sousa Fund, Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604 www.massaudubon.org.

WE REMEMBER HER

At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
we remember her.

At the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter,
we remember her.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember her.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
we remember her.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember her.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember her.

As long as we live, she too will live; for she is now a part of us,
as we remember her.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember her.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember her.

When we have joy we crave to share,
we remember her.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
we remember her.

When we have achievements that are based on hers,
we remember her.

As long as we live, she too will live; for she is now a part of us.

"Thinking of you at this difficult time. Peace." Lorri Willett-Thatcher (Morrisonville, NY)

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