Mary L. Miller was born April 19, 1932 in Ottumwa, Kansas to George and Irene (Baker) Stutesman. She passed away December 20, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, at age 80, surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Mountain View Christian Church with Rev. Nolan Wilkins officiating. Visitation will be held Friday evening, from 6-9 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Interment will be Chapel Hill Cemetery, Mountain View.
Mary moved to Peace Valley, Missouri as a child and attended the Peace Valley schools. At the tender age of 15, she fell in love and married the love of her life. She was united in marriage to James E. Miller on February 17, 1948. To this union was born seven children; Wanda, Loretta, Jim, Carol, Donna, Sheila and Tammy.
Mary was a hard worker who worked various jobs, raised children and took care of the home. She was known for baking pies and making light bread rolls. During the last 30 years of her life she enjoyed watching the deer and turkey from her kitchen window and feeding her chickens. She was known to always have a grandchild or great grandchild on her lap. She had a special fondness for Diet Dr. Pepper and peppermint candy. This last year of her life, the doctor said to let her have whatever she wanted.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, James E. Miller; her children, Wanda Grimm and husband, Jim, of Bellville, IL, Jim Miller of Mountain View, MO, Carol Denning and husband, Doug, of Winona, MO, Donna Gilliam and husband, Mick, of Peace Valley, MO, Sheila Moore and husband, Bob, of Lebanon, MO, Tammy Honeycutt and husband, Steve, of Mountain View, MO, and son-in-law, Dee Layman; 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and a great great grandchild on the way. She is also survived by one sister, Rita Stephenson of West Plains; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by one daughter, Loretta Layman; one grandson, Kyle Gilliam; one sister, Donna Collins; and one very special friend, Evelyn Oaks.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Care Clinic in Mountain View and left at Yarber Mortuary. Condolences may be made at www.yarbermortuary.com.