Dorothy Eunice Miller, 90, of Millersburg (Berlin) died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Walnut Hills Retirement Home in Walnut Creek following a period of declining health.
She was born June 11, 1922 in Ulen, Minn. to the late Aaron and Magdelena Birky Kauffman, the seventh of the family of nine children. When she was 4 years old, her family moved to the vicinity of Minier, Ill., where she grew up among paternal and maternal families. She was baptized and became a member of Hopedale Mennonite Church at the age of 14.
After graduating from local elementary and high schools, she attended Goshen College in preparation for teaching in elementary school. Two of her childhood desires were to become a school teacher and a Bible school teacher.
Following one year of teaching in a country school in Illinois, at age 22, on June 11, 1944, she was married to Wayne Miller from Holmes County. After Wayne's two years of service in CPS camps, the couple moved to and lived in Michigan, where Wayne was employed as a secondary school teacher and administrator. During those years, they were blessed with the birth of their four children, Myrna, Maurice, Marlene and Marilyn.
Dorothy enjoyed being wife, mother, part-time elementary school teacher, Sunday School teacher and guide for several women's Bible study classes. Her main love and interests were her husband and children.
Following 38 years living in Michigan, Dorothy and Wayne moved to Holmes County, the vicinity where Wayne grew up. Here was an extended family and church family, Berlin Mennonite, to welcome them and to enrich their lives. Dorothy was always blessed by the loving people in the church who accepted her and made her welcome in the fellowship.
Surviving are her husband Wayne of Walnut Creek; her brother Dale Kauffmann of Pocatello, Idaho; a son, Maurice (Deborah) Miller of Decatur, Ga., daughter Marlene Miller of Berlin, daughter Marilyn (Vernon) Rempel of Littleton, Colo.; three granddaughters, Hannah Miller, Sarah Nathaniel, Diana Rempel and two grandsons, Matthew Grumbein and Jess Rempel.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter Myrna Miller, her grandson Mark Isaac, three sisters and two brothers.
Memorial services were Dec. 2 at Berlin Mennonite Church with Pastor Myron Weaver officiating. Private family burial was in Berlin Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Smith-Varns Funeral Home at Sugarcreek. www.smithfuneral.com
Donations may be given to Mongolia Mission Network, c/o Berlin Mennonite Church.