INEZ G. MILLER

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INEZ G. MILLER Inez G. Miller, age 101, began her new life with her savior and Lord, Jesus Christ on April 14, 2016. She was born in Mahnomen, Minnesota on February 28, 1915 to Gustave and Ida Gunderson. She graduated from high school in Bonners Ferry Idaho in 1932. After high school , she attended Lewiston Normal College, re ceiving a 2-year teaching degree, and she later attended Eastern Washington State College where she received a bachelor's degree in education. Inez had a long teaching career which began in Hailey, Idaho in 1939. Over the course of her career, she taught a number of grade levels and subjects, as well as coaching a girls basketball team. At the time of her retirement in 1977, Inez was teaching kindergarten at Spaulding Elementary School in Richland, Washington. It was in Hailey, Idaho that Inez met Alfred, her beloved husband of 65 ½ years. They married in summer of 1942 and moved to Chico, California before relocating to Richland, Washington in 1945. They originally planned on staying in the tri-cities area for six months, but six months turned into 69 years. During her time in the tri-cities, Inez was an active member of Richland Lutheran Church. Two years ago, Inez left Richland for Whitefish, Montana so she could be closer to family. Inez didn't miss a beat, taking on the Liberian role at her retirement community, making her TV debut in an advertisement, rarely missing a game of Bingo, learning how to play mahjong, and being crowned the Springs Queen for 2016 Winter Carnival. Inez truly lived a life to the fullest, she was involved in PEO Chapter EL, several bridge clubs, and RLC circle groups. She loved reading (the bible being her favorite book), spending time boating on the Columbia River with friends, challenging her friends and family to any type of board game or card game (as her friends and family can attest to, she nearly always emerged the victor!) being outdoors, golfing, and spending time with her family and friends. No matter what the occasion, Inez always loved a good laugh. Inez, in the manner in which she lived her life, was an inspiration to many people, old and young alike. She will be remembered, amongst all other things, for her kind, caring and giving ways. She lived a remarkable life and was truly a servant of God. Inez is survived by her son, Ron Miller (Jeanie); daughters Barbara Marshlain (Bruce) and Kathy Muhlbeier (Ken); grandchildren Jon Miller (Tami), Lauri Haugen (Tom), Bryan Miller (Kalen), Angie Marshlain and Amy Tillman (Larry), 9 great grandchildren and her sister Elaine Hoffmann. Inez is preceded in death by her loving husband Alfred, and her sisters Ruth and Adelaide. The family would like to heartfully thank the staff and friends Inez made at the Springs for welcoming Inez and being such kind and caring friends during the time that she was with them. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to the North Valley Hospital Staff who cared for her as if she were family. A memorial service will be held at Richland Lutheran Church on May 25, 2016 at 1:00PM in lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Richland Lutheran Church, 901 Van Giesen, Richalnd WA 99352. "In my father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" (John 14: 2-3) Austin Funeral Home is caring for Inez's family.
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Richland Lutheran Church
901 Van Giesen St
Richland, WA 99354
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Published in Tri-City Herald on May 15, 2016