Muriel Bivens of Indianola, Iowa passed away Nov. 20, 2011, surrounded by friends and family. Memorial services were held both at her home and at Collegiate Methodist Church. Her obituary stated:
"We will be reminded of Muriel when we see wildflowers in bloom, a hummingbird at the feeder, someone sewing or quilting, a seeker studying scripture and other religious publications, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, women studying in small groups, or someone wearing purple. She will also come to mind when we smell bread baking and when we think of large family meals, often with international students included, or when we see a person being present in a special way to another in need and being available and supportive of others. Her smile brightened the day for everyone."
Muriel is survived by her husband Gordon, four children and several granddaughters and grandsons.