Myrtle “Mickey” Ellen Miller
July 29, 1935-January 14, 2017
On Saturday evening, January 14, 2017, Myrtle “Mickey” Miller quietly returned to her loving Father in Heaven. Over the last ten years she endured and overcame many health challenges and did so with great strength and optimism, never complaining. Even as she faced her last and final challenge, she did so gracefully and peacefully, passing away in her home with her family nearby.
Mickey was born on a farm in Muscatine, Iowa, the youngest daughter of four girls to John Calvin and Margaret Agnes (Nolan) Gage on July 29, 1935. She grew up in a small town in Iowa and loved spending part of her life on the farm. She was a devoted Catholic.
She loved playing basketball while in school and did so for four years until she injured her knee. She also enjoyed cheerleading during her high school years. She worked a variety of part-time jobs during her life, working many years for Albertson’s Bakery. Her favorite job was an opportunity she had at St. Benedict’s Hospital on the Maternity Unit taking care of the mothers as a Nursing Assistant.
She was united in marriage with the love of her life, Robert Eugene Miller, on January 8, 1955. They shared a special love and recently celebrated their 62nd Anniversary. He was her “Everything”, as she was his. Their example of love for one another and their family is one of their most beautiful shared attributes. They met in Iowa and after dad got stationed in England, they lived there for a period of time, next settling in Utah after getting stationed at H.A.F.B. Their life was enriched with four children, Diana (Jerry) Mason, Kevin (Cathy) Miller, Carla (David) Parsons all residing in Utah and Daren Miller residing in Washington DC.
Mickey had a special way of making lasting friendships with her contagious smile and fun personality. Mom and Dad loved playing cards and games with their close friends and family. Other things she enjoyed over the years were gardening, embroidery and spending time with family. She was a huge sports enthusiast and especially enjoyed watching the Utah Jazz games, rarely missing a game. Along the road of life with its ups and downs she achieved much success as she lived life well, laughed often, loved much and spread sunshine along the way. Her precious memories will live on in our hearts until we meet again.
Mickey is survived by her loving husband, her oldest sister, Maxine Mather of Sigourney, Iowa, her four children, nine grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Marggie G. “Gerry” Miller and Mary Frances Greiner.
The family is grateful for the love and special attention given by the IHC Hospice team, especially Ashlee and Sandra over these last few months of her life. Special thanks to Dr. Zachary Campbell, Dr. Robert Moesinger, Dr. Vincent L. Hansen, Dr. Robert H. Andtbacka and his team at The Huntsman Cancer Institute.
A private service and celebration of her life will be held with her family members. Arrangements entrusted to Rudd Funeral Home, Garland, Utah.