Miriam “Dimpy” Currie Balson
Birth Date: July 7, 1924Death Date: December 2, 2017
Miriam “Dimpy” Currie Miller Balson (1924-2017)
Miriam Currie Miller Balson, 93, passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 2. She was born July 7, 1924, the daughter of the late Captain William Edward Miller and Miriam Badlam Pearce Miller. She was known her whole life as “Dimpy”, a name her older brother, Jack, gave her, for her beautiful dimples.
She leaves four children, William Edward Balson of Half Moon Bay, CA, Miriam “Penny” Milsom of Reisterstown, MD, Carolie “Bunny” McLaughlin of Sandwich, MA and Stephanie Hensel of Leawood, KS, 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Dimpy was preceded in death by her beloved husband Ed, her brother Jack and her grandson Brock. She also leaves her devoted Yorkshire Terrier, “Chrissie” who brought her great comfort and companionship.
Her father, William Edward Miller, was a Captain in the United States Navy and she and her mother followed him to the many posts where he was stationed. Her fondest childhood memories were the years they lived in Honolulu where she learned to hula, swim and dive. In 1941, her father was selected to command the Naval Training school in Dearborn, Michigan. She was invited by Henry Ford to attend the Greenfield Village School and loved telling the story of dancing with him a school function. Following Pearl Harbor the family moved to Newport, Rhode Island. On a blind date, she met her future husband, John “Ed” Edward Balson. He was attending the Naval Postgraduate School in Newport, Rhode Island and they were married at the Naval Hospital Chapel on May 8, 1948.
They began to raise a family and spent Ed’s twenty year military career at various bases in Portsmouth NH, Key West FL, Jacksonville FL, and Deerfield IL Upon Eds Navy retirement, in 1961, they settled in Gales Ferry, CT. Dimpy was known for her many hobbies including ceramics, crafts, cooking, decorating eggs, bridge and was always interested in learning new things. After her children were grown she acquired her real estate license and helped many friends and neighbors with the sale and purchase of their homes.
In 1984, Dimpy and Ed retired to Inverness, Florida, where they were active members of the Inverness Golf and Country Club and known for hosting grand parties. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Red Hatters Club, and the PEO. She enjoyed genealogy and took great pride in her ancestors that include a Mayflower passenger, a Tea Party participant, American artists and poets and military officers from the American Revolution and Civil War.
Dimpy and Ed loved to travel and they took many cruises with friends and family to worldwide locations. After a wonderful marriage of 65 years, she lost the love of her life, Eddie , who passed away in 2013, and has been patiently waiting for her. She remained active and spent time with her children and grandchildren in California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Kansas. She died as she had lived, full of energy and always ready for her next adventure and would be happy to know she left this world with her ‘moccasins’ on.