Miriam Jean Dudley
March 24, 1936 ~ January 14, 2023
Miriam Jean Dudley, (Nee Eckhardt), 86, of West Palm Beach, FL, left her Lazy Boy recliner for an even more blissful rest in Heaven on January 14, 2023. Miriam was born on March 24, 1936, in Northfield, NJ to the late Henry T. and Eliza Eckhardt. She lived her childhood and teen years in Somers Point, claiming the title of Miss Somers Point in 1951 at the age of 15. She graduated from Ocean City High School in 1954. Miriam married Jimmy Dudley in 1956 and bore and raised four children in Linwood.She worked at various jobs such as a limousine chauffeur and a telephone operator for Bell Telephone, however she retired after 25 plus years as a cashier from Shoprite. She was colorful in every way and known for the brightest colors – whether it be clothing, cars or her language. Rarely did a thought that came to her brain, not pass through her lips. Miriam had many hobbies and loved anything in abundance such as needlework, reading, photography, eating, and shopping – oh, did she love to shop! Mostly, she loved her family. She was a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan. Miriam and Jim retired to FL in 2017. Predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Jimmy Dale Dudley (2017), her eldest son Jimmy Jr., (1982), and her granddaughter, Melissa Anne, (2019), two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by three children, David (Le) of WA, Allison (Mike Hanke) of MD and Ray of NJ. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, C.J. Dudley (Erin) of Georgetown, TX, Amanda Jordan, Phil) of Portland, OR, Amy and Cole Branius of Somers Point and 6 great grandchildren. Services will be held in July, in NJ and will be announced at a later date.
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