Ruth Miller

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Miller, Ruth J.

Ruth J. Raines Miller, 94, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society Scandia Village Woodview Assisted Living Center in Sister Bay.

Ruth was born in Chicago IL, to Albert and Rose Thorncroft. She was the youngest of three daughters. On December 12, 1936, she married Raymond M. Raines. The young couple was working hard, saving money for their own home, and then of course WWII happened. Ray enlisted in the Army and rose to the ranks of Colonel. Ruth worked mostly as a bookkeeper and raised her two sons.

When Ray was honorably discharged from the Army, he and Ruth decided to open up their own business, which was a beauty salon. They were very successful, and several of their former employees were still in contact with Ruth. In the early 1970's, Ray and Ruth decided to retire from the beauty business, and they purchased a cottage rental business in Fish Creek. The Bayou cottages was yet another successful business for the Raines family. By 1978, Ruth decided she wasn't busy enough, so she turned one of the cottages into a candy store, with delicious fudge, frozen chocolate bananas, taffy apples, and candies. All of course were homemade in her own kitchen.

In 1982, Ruth became the treasurer of the town of Gibraltar. She served as treasurer until 1988. In 1992, her husband Ray passed away. Ruth kept the cottages going with the help of her son Ray and his wife Joy.

She was also a active member of the Royal Neighbors for many years. In 1995, Ruth married Rodney Miller. They would spend their winters in Florida. Rodney passed away in 1997. Ruth sold the cottages and remained in Florida until 2003. She then moved into the Meadows in Scandia Village. Ruth was active in many ways at the Meadows. She priced items for Bargains Unlimited along with her buddies, Ruth D.

Miller, Jesse Roberts and Midge Koscierzyna. Because of her excellent bookkeeping knowledge, Ruth became the treasurer for the Meadows Association for several years,a job she truly enjoyed. If Ruth wasn't doing bookwork, or volunteering, she was visiting with friends or reading a good Danielle Steele novel.

Ruth was also known for her love of animals, especially dogs. It seemed that throughout her life, her household was never without one of man's best friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Rose Thorncroft, her sons, Raymond R. Raines and James M. Raines, husbands, Colonel Raymond M. Raines and Rodney D. Miller, sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille and Ambrose Quinlan, Alberta and Ralph Porcelli and beloved niece, Patsy Porcelli. Survivors are nieces and nephews, Lucille (John Barkauskas) Joe Porcelli (Connie) Cynthia (Darek Niemyjski) Sharon, Jeff and Steve Porcelli Wendy (Bob Sesterhenn) Craig Aspen (Denise), cousins, Vera and Ralph Helms and Jean Kaczmarck. Also survived by great-nieces and great-nephews along with Joy Raines (daughter-in-law) and step-grandchildren, Jesse (Jana) Raines, Jennifer and Eric Scheller, Tammy and James Voeks, Allen and Mary Kay Orsted, Jason and Anne Orsted, Tracey Steebs. Also survived by special friends, Ken and Robin Klatt.

Burial will be private.

A memorial will be held at Good Samaritian Society Scandia Village on May 25, 2013, at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow in the Meadows dining room.

In lieu of flowers, Ruth requested memorial donations to be given to the Scandia Village Employee Fund, 10560 Applewood Rd., Sister Bay WI 54234 or to the Door County Humane Society 3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235.

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Ruth spent the last eight months of her life being cared for by the very compassionate and fun loving angels in Woodview Assisted Living at Scandia Village. All of you were so instrumental in making her last days truly ones that were filled with dignity, love and peace. A very special thank you to Sandi who always did Ruth's hair just the way she liked it. And also a very special thank you to Becky for giving Ruth your wonderful, relaxing massages.

Published in Door County Advocate on Apr. 24, 2013
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