Miriam Platt Feigenbaum was born on September 26, 1923 and died on October 18, 2019 at the age of 96. Whenever anyone asked Miriam about her long life, she would respond "I've had a great run!" She really did.
Miriam was born in Houston, raised in the wholesale grocery business and met a handsome young merchant named Manuel Feigenbaum on a blind date. They were married on October 27, 1946 and the young bride and groom moved to Caldwell, Texas to run Manuel's Dry Goods. After Manuel died in 1975, Miriam continued to run the store until 2014 reluctantly retiring after 70 years of business at the age of 91. In doing so she closed the oldest corporate bank account on file at Prosperity Bank next door to Manuel's.
She loved dressing her many friends and customers with clothing that she personally picked out at the wholesale market. Her generosity was as famous as her work ethic. Miriam made sure that people in need had clothes to wear and quietly gave countless numbers of dresses, shoes and coats away.
Miriam loved the people of Caldwell and supported numerous organizations. She was a Charter member of the Caldwell Early Evening Lions Club, worked on the first Caldwell Kolache Festival, was a member of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and a one-time Board Member of the Burleson County Hospital District. She was a Charter member of Congregation Beth Shalom and taught in the religious school. Miriam was honored by the City of Caldwell as merchant of the year.
Miriam never met a stranger and could talk to anybody and everybody. When she retired in 2014, she moved to Bryan/College Station and instantly made many new friends, in the process learning how to play dominos and honing her poker skills.
She built a business and a rich social life, but her greatest pride was her family. She is preceded in death by her husband Manuel Feigenbaum, parents Lewis and Ray Platt and sister and brother-in-law Gertrude and Leo Frank. She is survived by her daughter, Arlene and son-in-law, Lawrence, son, Leslie and daughter-in-law, Anita. She had four grandchildren, Michael (Mara), Gregory, Sarah and Ryan and two great grandchildren, Yogev and Nevo, plus numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity or Congregation Beth Shalom, P.O. Box 3695, Bryan Texas 77805.
Graveside service will be held Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 12:30 PM at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery located at 1037 Post Oak Road, Houston Texas 77055. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm Sunday evening at Leslie and Anita's home at 1009 Carmel Place in College Station.