Miriam Miller

Miriam Nance Miller

93, of Elkhart, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (May 18, 2013) at her home. She was born June 4, 1919 in Huntington, Indiana to the late Noble W. & Ellen (Fearnow) Smith.

She married Carl J. Sartorius on March 14, 1967. He died on Jan. 17, 1969. She then married Charles M. Miller on Dec. 29, 1970. He died on Sept. 22, 2004. Surviving are 2 sons, Blake (Barbara) Miller of Bristol, Carl (Andrea) Sartorius, MD of Westfield, IN; 6 daughters, Pamela Miller of Jonesborough, TN, Bessanne (Herb) Biddle of Fort Worth, TX, Marcy Miller of South Haven, MI, Michelle (Fritz) Campanello of Elkhart, Mary Jo (Chuck Jones) Sartorius of Bristol and Kathleen Sartorius of California. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and special nephew, Fredrick (Marcia) Smith of Huntington, IN. She was preceded in death by a sister, Georgie Stouder and a brother, Noble Dale Smith.

Nance graduated in 1936 from Huntington High School. In 1940 she graduated from St. Francis College in Ft. Wayne with a degree in nursing. She was a surgical supervisor and director of nursing at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and for 4 years was the director of nursing at Wabash General Hospital. Nance retired in 2000 from Bristol Family Practice where she worked as an RN for 12 years.

Nance served on the Elkhart Planning Commission, was President of the Park Board, a member of the Four Arts Club, a CARES Mentor at Pinewood Elementary School, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart, a volunteer with the Salvation Army and had a continuous membership in the Indiana State Nurses Association since 1940. Her special interests included golfing, gardening, the Elkhart Civic Theater, Premier Arts at the Lerner, memories of Baldwin Lake and most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday (May 29, 2013) at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home . Friends may visit with the family for 1 hour prior to the service. Rev. David Lawrence from the First Presbyterian Church will preside and burial will follow at Rice Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Charles & Nance Miller Nursing Scholarship, C/O the Elkhart County Community Foundation or to the First Presbyterian Church Foundation.

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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 25, 2013