Candie Lee (Fitzgerald) Miller (1959 - 2017)

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Candie Lee (Fitzgerald) Miller, 58, of Kenai passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Florida, during a vacation there with family.

Candie was born on Jan. 10, 1959 to James and Juanita Fitzgerald in Delaware, Ohio. She grew up in Findlay with her parents and three sisters. She met her husband of 32 years, Vern Miller, at a restaurant called The Dark Horse where they both worked.

They married on March 20, 1982 and had three children.

Candie lived in Connecticut, South Carolina, California, Washington, Alaska, Wyoming and New Mexico while her husband was in the Navy and other jobs, but made her final home in Alaska.

Over the years, she home-schooled her children when they were young, worked at Country Liquor and Safeway, and was active in the crafting community.

Candie was a talented painter, and produced many gorgeous scenery paintings in her lifetime. She painted the baptistery backdrops for the former North Kenai Baptist Church in Nikiski and Flora Vista Baptist Church in Flora Vista, New Mexico. She was a skilled seamstress and quilter and produced so many beautiful and adorable blankets and quillows over the years.

She also made candles, perfumes, baby hammocks and even furniture, which she built and upholstered herself.

Candie was described as witty, smart, funny, beautiful inside and out, and very talented by those who knew her. She had a great sense of humor and could be very ornery. She absolutely loved her kids and six grandkids, and talked about them as if they were the most amazing kids that God had ever allowed to be born. She attended Trinity Christian Center for many years, and more recently started a weekly Bible study and sewing lessons at her home. She is dearly missed by her family and friends.

Candie was preceded in death by her husband, Vern Miller, and her father.

She is survived by her mother; her daughters Jennifer (Brian) Hack of Kenai and Sharon (Victor) Michnowicz of Clearwater, Florida, and son Ronny Miller of Kenai; her grandchildren Lynnea, Alan, Kari and Gage Hack, and Evan and Naomi Michnowicz; her sisters Pennie Fitzgerald, Shirley (Steve) Higgins, and Lisa (Wayne) Naftzger; nephews Clayton Smith, Tony Fitzgerald, and Shane Higgins, and nieces Caran Smith and Rebecca Holotik.

A celebration of Candie's life will be held on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Christian Center in Soldotna, with Pastor Sherry Morris officiating.

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Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Nov. 15, 2017
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