DeKALB – Esther Josephine Miller, 88, of DeKalb, Ill., died Monday, March 25, 2013, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center.
Born Oct. 6, 1924, in Loyal, Okla., the daughter of Benjamin F. and Emma (Walker) Hamil, Esther grew up on their farm and attended the local schools. She went on to graduate from Oklahoma State University. She was always grateful that she had the opportunity to go to college.
A dietician at OSU, she later moved to Chicago and was working as a dietician at Hines Hospital, where she met her husband, Jerome "Red" Miller. Esther and Red were married in October 1950.
They moved to the DeKalb area in 1961. Esther was employed at Northern Illinois University as a dietician and she retired after 20 years of service.
Upon retirement, they moved to Mountain Home, Ark., where they enjoyed retirement life for many years. When their health started to be more of a concern, they moved to Oak Crest.
Esther was a hard worker and she was a devoted wife and parent. She was a wonderful seamstress and loved to fish with her father and husband. One of her fondest memories was a fishing trip her family took, along with her parents to Minnesota. Esther enjoyed travelling to visit family and taking recreational trips with her husband.
She is survived by her children, Alan, of Austin, Texas and Katherine (Jerry) Christensen of DeKalb; a sister, Evelyn Shopp of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Jerome Miller; her parents and one brother.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb. Burial will be private at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Esther J. Miller Memorial Fund for DeKalb County Hospice or
, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com
or call 815-756-1022.