Miriam Esther Hershey Herr,
dies at the age of 89


Miriam H. Herr of Nottingham, PA, died of heart and respiratory failure on September 4, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, James S. Herr, founder of Herr Foods, Inc., maker of Herr’s line of snacks. Together they had five children: June Gunden, wife of Doug Gunden, Peachtree City, GA; James M. Herr, husband of Lois Herr, Nottingham, PA; Edwin Herr, Nottingham, PA; Gene Herr, husband of Terri Herr, Kirkwood, PA; and Martha Thomas, wife of Daryl Thomas, Kirkwood, PA. She is survived by 20 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.


Miriam (“Mim”) Herr was born in Paradise, PA, on November 29, 1926. She is survived by six siblings: Mary, married to John Darras of Leola, PA; Ruth, married to Roy Book of Ronks, PA; Rhoda Nolt, Landis Homes, PA; John Hershey, Quarryville, PA; Isaac Hershey, Sun City, AZ; Gerald Hershey, Carolina Beach, NC. She is preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Rutt Rohrer.


Mim was well known for her thoughtfulness and hospitality, as well as her shared leadership in the founding of Herr Foods. Through the James S. Herr Foundation and other charitable organizations, she was a tireless advocate for evangelism around the world. She had a heart for community service. The delight of her life was her family—not only her personal descendants and church family, but the whole “family” of employees. She was an active member of Mount Vernon Christian Church in Kirkwood, PA, for nearly 70 years.


A private interment for the immediate family was held on Monday, September 5, 2016, in Nottingham, where she is buried next to her beloved husband. A memorial service is being planned for September 24 at 3:00 PM at the Oxford Area High School, 705 Waterway Road, Oxford, PA. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00, 12:00 to 2:00, as well as after the service. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.


The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Mount Vernon Christian Church in Kirkwood, PA, or Samaritan’s Purse, in Boone, NC.


Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr., Funeral Home, Oxford, PA.