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Bliss Nelson Miller

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Bliss Nelson Miller

Bliss Nelson Miller passed away the morning of August 8, 2018 at her home in Bellevue, Washington. Bliss was born in Ballard on November 13, 1921 to Stan Nelson Sr. and Gertrude Bloomsnes Nelson. She attended St. Nicholas School in Seattle, Pine Manor College in Massachusetts, National Park College, in North Carolina, and University of Washington. In 1943 she married Arthur L. Schmitz and in 1946 they moved with their daughter, Heidi to Palo Alto, California. Son, Peter, was born there in 1948. She was active in the Peninsula Junior League, where she was president in the 1960's, the Peninsula Volunteers and the Children's Heath Council. In 1968 she and Art moved from Los Altos, California to Deerfield, Illinois and then to Medina, Washington in 1982. Once resettled in the Seattle area, she renewed her old friendships and volunteer activities. After Art's death, in 1983, she married Bruce Miller, Sr. and lived in Lake Stevens, Washington and Palm Springs, California until 2002. After Bruce's death she moved to Pacific Regent in Bellevue where she lived until her death.

Bliss was devoted to holding the many strings of her family and friends together, never forgetting a birthday. In her later years, she was known to send as many as 150 cards in a year. She loved all sports and was a great fan of the Mariners, the Seahawks, and the Huskies. She was a skilled sports fisherwoman even into her 90's and loved being on or near the waters of the Puget Sound. Her independent spirit, energy, and enthusiasm for life will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur L. Schmitz, her second husband, Bruce Miller, Sr.,

her brothers Stan Nelson Jr.,

and Fred Nelson and her beloved granddaughter, Molly Bliss Epstein. She is survived by her daughter, Heidi Epstein (Mark Epstein), her son, Peter Schmitz (Mary Kay Richter), her grandchildren, Alan Schmitz, and Katey Ricker (Greg Ricker), her great grandchildren, Will Ricker and Emma Bliss Ricker, and the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Bruce Miller Sr. She will be deeply missed by her family as well as her many nieces, nephews, cousins and their children, grandchildren and her many friends.

A celebration of her life will be held on October 23, 2018, beginning at 2;00 at the

Sunset Club, 1021 University Ave.

in Seattle, Washington.

Remembrances, if desired, can be made to Skagit Community Foundation, American Macular Degeneration Foundation, and Children's Orthopedic Hospital Foundation.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 9, 2018
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