Dorothy Mae Miller, beloved wife of John Richard Miller, went to be with her Lord and Savior August 22, 2021.
Dorothy was born October 3, 1930, in Crawford County to Helen (Eichelberger) and Frederick Layer. She married her high school sweetheart, John R. Miller on February 18, 1949. He was her soulmate and her one true love. They celebrated 72 years of marriage before John’s passing on July 21, 2021. They embodied the true meaning of what a loving and giving marriage should be.
Dorothy leaves behind an endless legacy of love for her children, Joanne and Tom Miller and Rick and Judy Miller; her grandchildren, Joel (Tami) Miller, Jay (Christina) Miller, Jill (Tim) McMahon, and Jason (Alisha) Miller. The sunshines in her life, were her great grandchildren, Madeline and Aubrey McMahon, Lauren and Emma Miller, Lydia and Luke Miller, and Tyler and Megan Miller. She treasured visits and time with her family.
She is also survived by her cherished sisters, Donna Hancock, Doris (Larry) Gray and Darlene (Mike) Howard. Holding a special place in her heart were her brothers-in-law, Ted (Maxine) Miller, Larry Miller (Fran Baby), Brownie Miller (Laveda Echelberry), Alan (Sharon) Miller.
In addition to her husband John, and her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her brother, David Layer; niece, Valerie Caris; nephew, Gary Miller; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Granata and Shirley Volkmer; brothers-in-law, Andy Granata and Bob Walker and great granddaughter, Calli Elaine McMahon.
Dorothy’s family is very thankful for Carlisle Place Care Service Manager, Tami Doyle, all of the incredibly caring nurses, outstanding aides and the entire devoted support staff at Carlisle Place. Also, thank you to the compassionate Kindred Hospice staff, including Dorothy’s loving aide, Julia; nurse, Twila and all of the on-call nurses and support staff. There are not adequate words to express our thanks for the care, love and guidance all of these wonderful people who tirelessly and selflessly gave of their time, energy and love to benefit John, Dorothy and their family over the past five years. Lastly, thank you to Pastor Brad Smith, Pastor Tom Gruver, Kindred Hospice Chaplains Josh Stone and Ray Vance for their prayers and visits and Rev. Becky Stephens for officiating Dorothy’s memorial service.
Dorothy had many memories growing up on the family farm, living in Sulphur Springs, activities in high school and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sulphur Springs. Most of all, she cherished time with her sisters.
She worked at Bucyrus City Water Dept. and along with John, owned and operated Miller’s Furniture Store. She was John’s biggest helper and supporter; whether it be painting at rentals, tending to him after surgery or always having his favorite meal prepared.
Dorothy’s faith led her and comforted her throughout life. She was always there to lend a helping hand to friends, family or a stranger. John and Dorothy enjoyed many memorable trips, Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star activities. One way Dorothy showed her love for her family was spending hours preparing big holiday meals for them. No one could or can make her holiday caramels, Thanksgiving dressing and potato salad like she did.
Dorothy was a member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church where she devoted time serving as a Sunday School teacher, children’s choir director, member of the Women’s Circle and she helped prepare and serve many meals for various activities within the church. She also served as Worthy Matron of Bucyrus Chapter of Eastern Star.
Though services for Dorothy will be private, friends wishing to do something in her memory are encouraged to donate to Kindred Hospice. These gifts will be accepted through Wise Funeral Service who care for Dorothy’s services. Memories are encouraged to be shared on her tribute wall at www.wisefuneral.com.