Shirley Catherine (Beatty) Miller, 78, of Tiffin and formerly Bloomville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo.
She was born June 22, 1934, in Fremont. She married Kenneth E. Miller Nov. 7, 1953, in Fremont, and he preceded her in death in 2006. They resided and farmed in the Bloomville area for many years. Shirley most recently enjoyed the friendship of her many friends at Kiwanis Manor, Tiffin.
Just like her gardens, Shirley enjoyed growing her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is survived by five of her children, Donald (Evalyn) Miller of Bloomville, Susan (William) Enders, Kathleen (Steven) Mohr and Sarah (John) Boehler, all of Tiffin, and Richard (Debra) Miller of Attica. Paul Allen Miller died at the age of two in 1972. Her parents and siblings also preceded her in death.
Shirley loved to write poems to show the pride she had in her grandchildren: Regina (John) Price, Karla (Matthew) Davis, James Miller, Rebecca Miller, Casey (Patricia) Enders, Kenneth (Taina) Enders, Shannon Burns, Nicole (Mark) Blaser, Sean (Bekki) Peck, Jennifer (Jesse Blair) Loftin, Christopher (Tiffany) Boehler, Jakob (Elizabeth) Boehler and Tara (Shane) Holbrook. Shirley had 30 great-grandchildren who will also be beacons of her faith in God and in family.
Shirley began family gatherings with prayer. She also was known to tell a few jokes on occasion, followed by her contagious smile and laugh.
Shirley was first a wife and mother on their small farm. Shirley and Ken taught their children how to work hard and be proud of whatever they did. There were many wagons of hay to load and unload and pens to clean. When it was time to work the fields, Shirley would pack up the lunches and kids. The kids would play on their picnic blanket as Shirley cultivated the field, round after round. As the children got older, the Miller family enjoyed the harness racing circuit during the summer, traveling around the state to the county fairs. It was a good life.
Shirley worked for many years at Newberry's Deparment Store and American Discount, Tiffin. She later worked at Ameriwood.
Shirley's family would like to thank the medical staffs at Cleveland Clinic, Toledo Hospital, Blanchard Valley Hospital, The Bellevue Hospital, Seneca Dialysis DeVita and, most recently, The University of Toledo Medical Center.
Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville, with the Rev. Donna Van Trees officiating. Burial will follow at Farewell Retreat Cemetery, Republic.
Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, and one hour before time of service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kiwanis Manor Flower Funds, SCAT, The Salvation Army, to the family or to a charity on the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lindseyoldsfh.com.