The Mississippi art community is mourning the loss of painter Miriam Weems.
The 69-year-old Jackson artist was known for her colorful Mississippi landscapes.
She graduated from Murrah High School in 1959 and received degrees in French and Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi where she was graduated in 1963.
Her works are depicted in a collection in a book entitled Mostly Mississippi.
According to her sister-in-law noted opera singer Lester Senter, the artist died Saturday morning from a sudden illness.
Miriam Weems was the wife of Tommy Weems and the mother of Sam D. Knowlton III, of Oxford and Richard Baxter Wilson Knowlton of Little Rock, Arkansas and the step-mother of Kelly Weems Wollfarth of Mandeville, LA, Davis Weems Mitchell of Atlanta, GA and Caroline Weems Rushing of Aspen, Co.
She was an animal lover, having adopted several dogs and cats and raised funds for the Animal Rescue League in Jackson and founded the Oxford Animal Rescue League.
Weems wishes stated that "In lieu of flowers, please adopt an unwanted pet from a local shelter."
Additionally, the family requests that also in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League, the Oxford Lafayette Humane Society, Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi, Community Animal Rescue Association or to a favorite charity.
Funeral services will take place at the Cathedral Parish of Saint Andrew in Jackson.
The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with visitation preceding it in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m.
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