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Helen Muir

1886-1964 Helen Muir, National Park Service photo - -
  • The youngest of John Muir's two daughters. Her sister was Wanda Muir Hanna (1881 - 1942). She was born January 23, 1886 in Martinez, California. Because she was often sick with respiratory ailments, the doctors felt that her health would improve in the dryer desert climate of the desert. She lived for a time in Adama, Arizona, and later lived in Daggett, California, eventually at an older age moving to Spokane Washington.

  • Helen married Buel Alvin Funk in October 1909. Together they had four sons:
    • Muir Haley FUNK - b. February 2, 1911. d. Dec. 28, 1978
    • Stanley MUIR (born Stanley M. Funk) - b. July 17, 1912. d. August 17 1962
    • John MUIR (born Buel Funk) - b. June 28, 1914. d. April 23, 1973
    • Walter MUIR born Walter Muir Funk)- b. May 27, 1916, d. December 9, 2004

  • After Funk died in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 47, (1934) Helen and three of her sons changed their name from Funk to Muir - in 1940. The oldest son, Muir Funk, did not because his first name was Muir. Another son, Walter, who died in 2004, told an interviewer that he had every book written by his famous grandfather and many written about him by other authors. He told the interviewer, "The more I study him and the things he did, the more amazed I am. He had the most incredible way of describing things, in words I wouldn't even think of."
Photo of Helen Muir Funk courtesy of John Muir National Historic Site, JOMU 4287



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