Obit: Miller, Shirley Elizabeth (1928 - 2005)

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Surnames: Miller, Keppert, Clark, Oates, Garnder, Gratton

----Sources: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wed, Jul 13, 2005

Miller, Shirley Elizabeth (4 March 1928 - 10 July 2005)

CHILI -Shirley E. Miller, 77, of Chili, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. ----Sources: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thu, Jul 14, 2005 Shirley E. Miller

CHILI -Shirley Elizabeth (Keppert) Miller, 77, of 9133 County Road V, Chili, was called Home at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Neillsville Memorial Medical Center.

She was born March 4, 1928, at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, the only child of William F. and Lorraine (Clark) Keppert. She attended Hillcrest School in the town of Rock, graduated with honors from Marshfield Senior High School on June 3, 1946, and worked for a time as a secretary for the First Presbyterian Church in Marshfield.

On Aug. 31, 1947, she was married to Harry H. Miller by the Rev. Arthur R. Oates at First Presbyterian Church. Harry was a veteran of World War II who was born in Lake Preston, S.D. He had grown up in the Greenwood area and the town of Rock and had done home construction work in Racine. Harry and Shirley farmed her ancestral home together from their marriage until 1978. Harry preceded her in death Dec. 28, 2004, at the age of 94.

Shirley is survived by her three children, Kathi (Jon) Gardner, Milwaukee, Tracy A. Miller (Fred Gratton), Madison, and Gary W.L. Miller, Chili.

Shirley is also survived by a large and loving "adopted" family with members too numerous to mention. (You know who you are.) Shirley lived in the same farmhouse all her life. She was especially close to her maternal grandparents, Lindsey J. and Lenore (Phillips) Clark, who helped raise her to become a local historian and a good Samaritan.

Kathi, Tracy and Gary would like to thank everyone in our mother's circle for the outpouring of kindness and support she received in the recent loss of our father, and throughout her life. She was surrounded by love and returned it tenfold from her generous heart.

Our mother taught us to enjoy the simple things: Walks in the woods, meteor showers, stories well-told, good books and good friends. Although in recent years illness had slowed her mobility, she gained so much pleasure from her bird feeders and the colorful and vocal array of creatures that visited each day. She especially loved the tiny hummingbirds who appear fragile but have amazing abilities for their size. In a way she was like that. Though recently her physical strength had faded, she surrounded people far and wide with a loving energy that made them feel they were in the presence of a truly extraordinary being.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no funeral service at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Harry and Shirley's children plan to place a Legacy Stone in their memory at The Highground Veteran's Memorial Park, Highway 10 in Neillsville.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6 Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent online at rembsfh.com.

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----Sources: Wausau Daily Herald (Wausau, Marathon County, Wis.) Sat, Jul 16, 2005

Shirley Miller

Shirley Elizabeth (Keppert) Miller, 77, 9133 Highway V, Chili, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at the Neillsville Memorial Medical Center.

She worked for a time as a secretary for the First Presbyterian Church in Marshfield. Shirley and her late husband, Harry, farmed until 1978. Survivors include three children, Kathi (Jon) Gardner, Milwaukee, Tracy A. Miller (Fred Gratton), Madison, and Gary W.L. Miller, Chili.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home in Marshfield assisted the family.

 

 


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