Marilyn Miller, 81, went home to be with the Lord on June 7, 2009, surrounded by her family.
She was born Marilyn Terese McCormack on January 11, 1928, in Buffalo, New York. She grew up in that area with five siblings and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s High School, after which she worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance. She eventually moved to San Jose, California, where she met the love of her life, Jerry, while square dancing. Marilyn was a loving wife to Jerry for 45 years and a devout mother to four children. She worked outside the home, as well, as a Teacher’s Assistant at Kirk Elementary School.
The family moved to Sams Valley, Oregon, in 1972, where Marilyn worked
again as a teacher’s assistant at Sams Valley Elementary for many
years. She retired in 1990, and subsequently enjoyed her family,
travel, gardening and artwork. She had a gift for, and a love of,
gardening, which made the home inside and out beautiful. Marilyn
decorated her house and garden with uniquely painted rock critters and
other artistic designs, which she accomplished through her creative
intuition for tole painting. She also handmade numerous afghans, quilts
and needlepoint pictures. Marilyn had a love for reading her Bible and
about the history of pioneer women.
Marilyn is survived by
her husband, Jerry, her children Diane Lewis, Ed Kirk, Randy Miller and
Deborah Hannaford, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, as well as
her sister Eileen Washburn and her brother Dan McCormack. She is
preceded in death by her parents Norman and Lorayne McCormack, her
sisters Joan James and Pat Greiner, and her brother Norman McCormack.
memorial service was held at Gold Hill United Methodist Church in Gold
Hill, Pastor Dick Titus officiating, on Saturday, June 13, 2009. She
will be interred at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Gold Hill United
Methodist Church, P.O. Box 316, Gold Hill, OR 97525.