Mary Elizabeth Rodney Miller

  • Born: June 26, 1916
  • Died: November 5, 2018
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Elizabeth Rodney Miller passed away on November 5, 2018 at Remembrance Home in Beaver Dam Wisconsin, where she resided since February 2013. Mary was 102 years young. Formerly a resident of Huntingdon, PA, Mary was the wife of Donald A. Miller. Mary was a lifelong educator, church and community volunteer, and gardening enthusiast. She had 4 children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Mary lived a long and rich life due to her love of life, family, and friends.

Born June 26, 1916 in Philadelphia, PA to John Thomas Rodney and Lucy Carolina Gehringer, Mary Elizabeth Rodney grew up in northwestern Philadelphia. She earned a B.S., in Elementary Education from West Chester University, and her Masters in Curriculum and Supervision from Columbia University in New York City.

She taught in elementary schools in Media, PA and Wrightstown, N.J. On March 23, 1946 she married Donald A. Miller, and in 1950 moved to Huntingdon, PA., where she taught first grade at Brady Henderson Elementary School in Mill Creek, PA. She was a reading specialist at Huntingdon Area Middle School and an Elementary Education instructor for nine years at Juniata College.

Mary was also active in the Huntingdon Presbyterian Church, as a Sunday school teacher, Elder, on several Presbytery committees, as a Synod School teacher, and Council member on state and and national levels. She accompanied a group from The Partnership in Youth Mission to Sitka, Alaska as a Youth Advisor. She loved to travel nationally and internationally.

Mary was a compassionate, caring, outgoing, vivacious, and giving person, who loved to bake and entertain her friends. Her laugh was contagious and people enjoyed their friendship. She crafted many beautiful wood carved pieces and made jewelry while in high school! She enjoyed painting with oils, designing clothes, needle point and cross stitched artwork.

She was also active in local organizations, serving as past President of the Standing Stone Garden Club, Chairman of the PA State Landscape consultants, President of District V Garden Club Landscape, and member of the Huntingdon Borough Tree Commission. She earned the title of Master Landscape Consultant through the Garden Club Federation of PA. Mary also served as past President of the Iota Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma and of the Standing Stone Embroiderers Guild.

Children are: Susan Louise Miller of Lock Haven, Cynthia Jane Miller and her husband Randall Uhler of Emmaus, PA, and Rodney Donald Miller and his wife Kimberly (Manspeaker) Miller of Beaver Dam, WI. Grandchildren are: Betsy Uhler Colombo of Los Angeles, CA, Lauren Uhler of Austin, TX, Rodney Uhler of Brooklyn, NY, Brittney Loftus of Carpenter, IA and Mackenzie Miller of Riviera Beach FL; and great-grandchildren Erika Peck of Carpenter, IA and Indiana Randall Colombo of Los Angeles, CA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, a brother H. Alfred Rodney, her husband Donald, and her daughter Kathleen Elaine Miller of Williamsport, PA.

A Memorial Service will be held in the future in Huntingdon, PA. A private Interment will be held at the Huntingdon Memorial Gardens at Huntingdon, PA

In lieu of flowers, memorials in remembrance of Mary may be made to the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation restricted for the Bird and Pet Therapy Program for senior services. Their address is 707 S. University Ave, Beaver Dam, WI 53916. Or to the Education Department of the Presbyterian Church, 508 Mifflin St., Huntingdon, PA 16652.

The family would like to extend a deep and sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff at the BDCH Eagle Wings and Remembrance Home. The loving care Mary received for the last 5 years truly enriched the end of her life. She loved the staff and they loved her. A blessing shared by all.

Condolence & Memory Journal

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   December 31, 2018

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)

Posted by Les    November 16, 2018

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss at this difficult time. May you find a measure of comfort at Matthew 5:4 in the days ahead.

Posted by M W    November 10, 2018

Rodney, Kim, and Mackenzie,
What glorious memories and stories you must be sharing these days. It came as no surprise to note Rod's Mom's interest in gardening, since when I visited the family home on one of the trips back East, I noticed my favorite wildflower, the largest butterfly weed plant (Aesclepias tuberosa) I ever saw, in front of the family home. "Now somebody special raised that plant," I thought to myself. Now reading the obituary, it was obvious that her interests were far-ranging and extended way beyond botany.

Many happy reflections as you recount your years of shared good times and family blessings.

Posted by Jack Troy Troy - HUNTINGDON, PA - Family Friend   November 09, 2018

Rodney, Kim, Cindy, Susan, and your families ~ I have such fond memories of your mother (and father). Thinking of you all. Christie (McClain) Gibboney

Posted by Chris Gibboney - Huntingdon, PA - Family Friend   November 09, 2018

Our sympathy is the loss of your mother. What a wonderful life to live to that age. Thinking of you and your family in your time of loss.

Posted by Bob and Brenda Meyer - Beaver Dam, WI - Acquaintance   November 07, 2018

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