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Carolyn Joyce Miller

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CAROLYN JOYCE MILLER, age 70, went Home to her Heavenly Father December 23, 2008 following a battle with a recent illness while in Tomball Regional Hospital. Her sister, Pat, Cheryl and several close friends were at her side. Carolyn was born in Palestine, TX to Garland E. and Mildred L. Redmond Miller. She leaves behind those thankful she is no longer suffering and finally at peace her sister Pat Calcote, niece Cheryl Platzer, nieces, nephew, great nieces, nephews, numerous friends around the country, and her constant canine companion, Sandy. Carolyn was a native of Tucker, TX graduating from Woodhouse HS in 1956 attaining multiple honors in sports and a State Homemaking Degree. She attended Wayland Baptist College, 1956-60, on a full basketball scholarship which was rare for Women's Basketball at that time. She was a three time All-American, contributed to the longest winning streak in women's collegiate history, of 133 games and won the National Free-throw championship in 1959. She played extensively in the international arena playing the Russians in Madison Square Garden, was a member on the USA Russian Tour, the World Tournament Team, played in the USA Pan American Games and in South America. She served as Manager of the USA Junior Team competing in South America in 1968. Prior to her retirement in 1988 she taught and coached for 29 years in several Texas Institutions including Stephen F. Austin State University leading the SFA women's basketball team to their first State Title. She was a member of the US Olympic Committee from 1967-1971 and then again as a member of the US Olympic Women's Basketball Committee from 1973-1976 working with and helping select the teams playing in the Olympics and Pan American Games. Carolyn's most recent accomplishment, 1998, was her induction into Wayland's Athletic Hall of Honor. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Dr. Daljit Muttiana; Dr. James Onorato; Dr. Edward Terrasson and staff, Cheryl and Terry; and Dr. Amy Walsh for their care, dedication, and compassion for Carolyn's unbelievable strength and strong will to live over the years. Carolyn will be missed dearly by family and numerous friends nationally, as well as those who knew and remember her locally. At her request, her ashes will be taken to several places she loved. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of normal remembrances please make donations to the SPCA, other Animal Rescue Organizations or the charity of your choice. You may leave a tribute at www.magnoliafunerals.com.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 4, 2009
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