Born Miriam Worthington to John James and Octavia Rayford Worthington of Mobile, she moved to Birmingham as a young adult and married Peyton Norville, Jr, with who she had three children, Peyton III, Miriam and Elizabeth. She was one of the founding members of St Luke's Episcopal Church in Mountain Brook and also a member of the St Vincent's Hospital Auxiliary.
She was nationally-known as a dress designer under the label Miriam Norville Originals. After her first husband died she remarried, to Huntington T. Morse of Chevy Chase, Maryland.
- "Morse, Miriam Worthington Norville" obituary (August 31, 2005) Birmingham News.