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Marian R. Miller

Pottsville, Pennsylvania

Nov 13, 1936 – Sep 1, 2019 (Age 82)


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James E. Humphrey Funeral Home - Pottsville Obituary

Marian R. Miller, 82, of Pottsville, who made us laugh, who walked the bike path, who sported a tan, who loved the beach and the sand, went to her Eternal Rest on Sunday, September 1st in the comfort of her home.

She was born on November 13, 1936 at the Pottsville Hospital to the late Walter and Doris Michael Hurst.

She attended the Pottsville Schools and graduated from Pottsville High School in 1954.

Marian worked for 38 years as a legal secretary to several judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County, retiring in 1992.

She was married for 57 years to the former, Gurney Miller who died on April 6, 2015. They had two children, Elaine Hafer, wife of Greg, and Gurney R. Miller, all of Pottsville.

Marian was an active member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Pottsville, where she served as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, President of the United Methodist Women, and past president and member of the Administrative Board. She also served on the Conference and District levels of the United Methodist Church. She served as a member of the Conference Board of Lay Ministry, where she was chairperson of the Lay Academy for 6 years and received training to be a certified Lay Speaker. She spoke in many local churches. She and her husband hosted vacation bible school at their home for 27 years and also several Bible Study groups.

Marian went on four mission trips to Homestead, FL, Albany, GA and Buffalo, NY to help clean up after hurricanes, floods and to restore homes in depressed areas. She claimed those trips to be one of the high-lighes of her life. Her mission in life was to help others.

Marian enjoyed walking, swimming, bicycle riding; her visits to the shore at Ocean City, N.J; going on trips; and, spending time at her Florida home in Tropicana Park, Ft. Myers, FL, where she had many good friends.

She loved her grandchildren and was known as “Mimi” to them and others. Preceding her in death were her husband Gurney and her sister Jean Dilcher, 2013. In addition to her children she is survived by 4 grandchildren, Jade, Luke, Mariah, and Hannah, sister Lois Lowthert, 2 brothers, Edward (Ned) Hurst married to Gayle and Kenneth Hurst; several nieces and nephews whom she adored; and also great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews.

Memorial service celebrating the life of Marian will be held Saturday at 11am at Evangelical United Methodist Church, Pottsville with Rev John Wallace and Rev. Greg Hafer officiating. Family and Friends and invited to a visitation from 9-11am at the church.The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Marian be made to Evangelical United Methodist Church, 305 S. Centre Street, Pottsville, PA 17901 or Department of Surgery Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, 1015 Walnut Street, Curtis Bldg., Suite 620, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Arrangements are under the care of James B. Humphrey, F. D., James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.

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What a imprint Marian has left on this earth. She was the epitome of kindness and acceptance and we are better people for having known her. Her zest for life was contagious, and we should all strive to live our life to the fullest. She always saw the glass half full and we will miss her dearly. We love you Marian- rest in peace- you definitely earned your wings.

Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family.
Diane and Bob Brown

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss seeing you walk past my house every day and seeing you ride your bicycle with your big basket of laundry. You were full of energy! I will be especially miss you at line dancing class! Rest in peace dear friend. Hugs

Love hugs thoughts and prayers are with you all. It was a pleasure to get to know Marian and to hear her stories as she will be missed!

Elaine and Gurney.
I am so sorry for your loss. What a super lady. We were all very lucky to have known her.
I am sorry that I was unable to make the visitation in person. I wish you all peace and comfort in remembering the wonderful life your mom enjoyed!

Marian was a very dear lady! I will miss her sitting behind me at Faith U.M.C. In Fort Myers. I will also miss seeing her smile as she walked in Tropicana! She and Gurney were well loved in our community. Now she is with him in our heavenly home.

Our deepest condolences to Marians family. Always a smile and kind word for everyone. We will miss you this winter at Tropicana. Bill and Anita McKay

Thinking of your family today. I know you will miss her so much. Prayers for you all during this time. Praising God for Mimis care for Hannah and Mariah especially. I have heard many great stories about her along with testimonies of how she loved Jesus! Praying for your hearts as you experience her loss. Love, Aubrey, Ethan and Grand Mom