MILLER, Debra Anne Debra was born on November 21, 1952 at Travis Air Force Base and passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2011. Debra graduated from Vacaville High School, and lived the last 40 years in the Sacramento area. One of Debra's greatest passions was music. Her first piano lessons began at age 13, and she later received a B.A. in Music from Sacramento State. She then went on to build a piano studio averaging 50-60 students in the Gold River area during the past 20 years. In addition to her teaching, she was an accompanist at several dance studios and performed with local theater groups including the Davis Music Theatre, American River College, Old Eagle Theatre, and the Sacramento Children's Performing Choir. She also played in various chamber ensembles, including a piano/cello duet with her husband. In addition to her music, Debra worked for Bel Air Markets and then a financial services firm for over 20 years.
Debra loved to read books, garden, and especially to spend time with family. Everyone who knew Debra will remember her enthusiasm, her desire to share with others, her generous spirit, and her infectious smile. She leaves behind her husband, Chris Allen, her siblings Phyllis and Dale Rundquist, Ric and Karen Miller, and Sada Anand Miller, five nieces, three nephews, and many relatives, close friends, and much loved students. She was preceded in death by her parents Bruce and Mildred Miller.
There will be a private interment at Fair Oaks Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Debra's life to be held at the Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 2:00-4:30pm. Memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund that will be established in Debra's memory in the coming weeks.
Published by The Sacramento Bee from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2011.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
First, my sincerest condolences to Chris and Debra's family. We are all so stunned and saddened by the loss of Debra. I'm having this memory of us all enjoying refreshments in the kitchen after a holiday recital and... well I just don't know what to say. McKenzie had lessons with Debra but it was Derek, a former Rio Americano Jazz band vibraphonist and current Willamette U music composition major whose foundations as a musician all began with his early years in Debra's studio. The lessons were not always easy but Debra had the courage to push and challenge Derek. I know that Debra's influence is present in Derek's compositions and arrangements. We will always rememember her. The Sup family (John, Sandy, Derek and McKenzie)
April 28, 2011
There are no words that can express the great sadness my son and I are feeling regarding the loss of Debra. She has taught my son piano for over four years, and I learned many things from Debra too. She was an awesome teacher and friend, and will be greatly missed. No one will ever be able to replace her.