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Merle Miller

Merle Miller, 91, died peacefully January 3, 2021. The wife of the late Fred Miller.

Merle grew up with her parents in a firehouse in Farmington CT, where her Dad was fire chief. The love of firetrucks remained a passion throughout her life. In school, Merle was an excellent student and played for the high school basketball team.

Merle graduated from Hartford Hospital School of Nursing having interesting perspectives of being a nursing student post WW II. She met her future husband, Fred, while on a cross country tour with a friend. He proposed by correspondence and a ring in the mail "sealed the deal". Merle and Fred married and had 3 daughters. Janice Carson of Springfield MO, Pamela Miller, who predeceased Merle as a baby, and Candace Colbert and husband Joseph Alfieri of Norwood MA. She leaves three beloved grandchildren, Savannah Carson of Columbia MO, Tate Colbert and wife Lauren of Burlington VT, and Kelsey Colbert raised in Norwood. Also dear to her were Joe's children, Joey and Christina Alfieri of Norwood MA. She also leaves her sister-in-law, Mary Pogson, nephew, Dr. William Pogson and wife Pam, niece, Mary Ellen Knop and husband Kevin. Fred's extended family meant a great deal to Merle.

Merle received her BSN from Drury College and held a variety of positions in nursing to include Crippled Children's home, Children's Diagnostic Clinic, Nursing Instructor at St John's School of Nursing and Inservice Coordinator at MediCenter.

She was an active member and sang in the choirs of both Wesley Methodist Church in Springfield MO and First Congregational Church of Norwood. Singing in the Glee Club at the Norwood Sr Center and delivering for Meals on Wheels brought joy to Merle during her 12 years in Norwood.

A wonderful pianist and artist, Merle supported the arts and was a docent at the Springfield Art Museum.

A celebration of life will be held in in the late spring. Those who wish to remember Merle in a special way, may make gifts in her memory to Wesley Methodist Church, First Congregational Church of Norwood, or Meals on Wheels of Norwood MA.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in News-Leader from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 12, 2021
Merle always called me Slim...It was kindergarten where we first met...Merle was very smart and she would help me when I needed help with my studies all through school...12th grade...Merle and I were always matched in any of the school activities...She was the tallest girl and I was the tallest boy...perfect match...We were pals...I never thought it as anything more than that but as I think back Merle once told be that she had a crush on me...Of course this was many years later...I will always remember Merle as someone I admired in school and later much later become pen pals with...Fun...Fun...Rest in peace Merle...Jack
Jack Hamilton
January 10, 2021
As soon as I saw Merles face, I recalled many memories of being in her home with my good friend, Her daughter, Janice. This was many years ago when we were elementary students at Mark Twain School, and in Camp Fire Girls together. Merle was always so kind to me, and a great mom to Janice and Candy! She welcomed me into her home several times. To Janice and Candy: I’m not sure you’ll even remember me. My name was Cathy DePreste, and I lived with my parents and sister across the street from Mark Twain. We rode our bikes a lot back in the day. I’m sorry for the loss of your mom. She was such a nice lady! Prayers for comfort at this time! Cathy DePreste Langguth
Cathy Langguth
January 10, 2021
Merle was a great friend of mine. We sat next to each other singing alto in the Wesley choir for several years. She always had such a special outlook on life. I treasure my wonderful memories of her.
Anne Johnson
January 10, 2021
I am so privileged to have gotten to know Merle since I joined FCC in Norwood.
I remember in particular singing with her in the choir.
She was a kind, loving woman.
Sharon Pocock
January 9, 2021
I first knew Merle and Fred in Marshall, MO when they lived next door to my aunt and uncle - Pete and Bob Howell. My sisters and I sometimes played at their house with their girls. They stayed in touch with my aunt and uncle after they moved to Springfield. My husband and I also attended Wesley with my parents Bob and Betty Mackler so kept in touch that way with them. They lived close to our neighborhood so I often ran into them on their walks in the neighborhood. What a close couple they were all of their lives. Our prayers and sympathy go out to Merle's daughters and the entire family.
Barbara Mackler Robertson
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