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Margaret Hyde Miller

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Margaret Hyde Miller

Kent, Washington -- Margaret Marianne Hyde Miller, 90, died peacefully in the night Sept. 12. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 14, 1922, the eldest child of Harold and Annie Claire (Jessop) Hyde.

Margaret grew up in Detroit, graduating from Mackenzie High School in 1940. In 1944 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wayne University, where she was a reporter and editor for The Collegian campus newspaper.

She married Joe Ted Miller on March 27, 1953, and they made their home in Farmington, Michigan, raising four daughters. Margaret participated actively in her children's school and social activities, and their home was one of security, encouragement and love. Margaret and Joe retired to Sarasota, Florida, in 1983, and spent many years walking the beach, enjoying the area's cultural activities, and traveling. In 2004, they moved to Bryan, Texas, to be near family, and Margaret came to Washington seven years later.

Margaret worked for the Associated Press in Detroit before her marriage, and as her last child entered school she joined the staff of the Farmington Enterprise, later a part of Observer Newspapers. During her 16 years at the Observer, a chain of weekly newspapers, she worked as a writer and as women's editor, beginning "Woman on the Go," which featured women in interesting careers and volunteer work, and creating "m.m.memos," a column about her own family life. During her retirement she did free-lance writing for several publications.

Margaret was a member of the Women of Wayne alumni association, and the Sarasota Branch of the American Association of University Women, editing the AAUW newsletter and participating actively in its fundraising, educational work and social groups. She also led an award-winning macrame and basket-making class for the visually-impaired in Sarasota for many years. Her faith communities included Brewster-Pilgrim and Mayflower Congregational Churches, First United Methodist of Farmington and Newburg United Methodist Churches, all in Michigan; Trinity United Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches in Sarasota; and First Christian Church in Bryan.

Margaret enjoyed playing bridge and attending plays, sewing and quilting and needlepoint, talking politics and playing Scrabble. She sang in church choirs and community choruses, and listened to classical music throughout her life. She participated in Campfire Girls as a child, and cheered for the Detroit Tigers far into retirement; she hosted dinner parties in Michigan, helped save turtle nests in Florida, and sang with the Ukes music group in Texas. Her mind stored long poems and all the verses of many hymns, her heart carried family histories and stories. She enjoyed watching Big Ten football, swimming and playing tennis, and reading good novels and biographies. She was a remarkable writer. She made and kept close friendships all through her life, and especially treasured times spent with her grandchildren, in whom she took tremendous pride. Her generous spirit, her integrity and open mind and commitment to social justice, her joy in life and her love for her family, will always be remembered.

Margaret leaves four daughters, Mary Miller and her husband Mike Swallow, of Oakfield, Maine; Barbara Staniszewski and her husband Gary, of Shelby Township, Michigan; Katherine Miller and her husband James Stiff, of Phoenix, Arizona; and Ann Anderson and her husband Gary, of Covington, Washington. She also leaves five grandchildren, Katherine Staniszewski of Novato, California; Daniel Staniszewski and his wife Lauren, of Clawson, Michigan; Samantha Anderson and her fiance Lyle Bush, of Renton, Washington; Monika Anderson of Bellingham, Washington; and Kalena Miller of Northfield, Minnesota. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Joe Ted Miller, in 2006; and by her brothers, James Hyde in 2008 and John Hyde in 1983.

A memorial service will be held in Michigan at a later date. Donations may be sent to Habitat for Humanity, or the . The family thanks the staffs of Aegis Living of Kent and Franciscan Hospice Care for their help and care over the past year. Final arrangements are with Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 15, 2012
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