December 22, 2011
MARGARET C. MILLER
(2/21/1935 - 12/14/2011)
Margaret C. (Tade) Miller, 76 of Kirksville, Missouri passed away at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Missouri on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
Margaret was born February 21, 1935 in Lancaster, Missouri, the daughter of Leonard and Hilma (Farrell) Tade. On October 17, 1954 in Lancaster, Missouri, Margaret was united in marriage to James B. Russell and to this union 3 children were born. On April 25, 1972 in Jefferson City, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Gilbert E. (Gene) Miller.
Margaret spent her early life in the Lancaster and Kirksville, Missouri areas raising her family. In l969 she went to work for Burroughs Corporation later known as Standard Register and in 1976 she transferred to their new facility in Rocky Mount, Virginia where she and Gene made their home for the next 16 years. Margaret retired in 1991 as Senior Buyer for Standard Register's Rocky Mount Plant and she and Gene returned to Missouri to spend time with their children and grandchildren. Retirement wasn't for Margaret and she began a second career with Maritz working another 9 years before retiring in 2003.
Margaret enjoyed bowling, reading, fishing and camping, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family. She was never happier than when they were all together especially if there was a picnic or barbeque involved. She was also an avid NASCAR fan and lived for the weekend races. Margaret was also a very faithful MIZZOU Tiger and St. Louis Cardinal fan and tried not to miss any of the games on the television and radio. Besides her first love, which was her family, her second love was that of music. She was never without a tune of any kind playing somewhere and if there was a music program anywhere that she could go to, she was front row center and her feet just wouldn't stay still!
Margaret took several college classes and was always striving to better herself through education. She placed a tremendous amount of importance on a good education and was always there to help her children and grandchildren with their "lessons" and to encourage them to go as far as possible with their education. When living in Virginia, she was actively involved in the Junior Achievement Program to help as a mentor and role model to many teenagers. She was a woman who always was willing to give of herself to help others even when she didn't have a lot herself. After moving back to Missouri, Margaret tried to attend every activity that her grandchildren were involved in as they were her pride and joy.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene; a brother, Bill Tade; brother-in-law, Bill Cohlmeyer; son-in-law, Vic Frederick; daughter-in-law, Candy Russell; in laws, Nina & Bill Hutchins; nephew, Bob Cohlmeyer; a nephew she helped raise, Curtis Boston and a great grandson, Matthew Garr in infancy.
She is survived by her children, Jim Russell and wife, Karin of New Franklin; daughters, Carla Pulliam and husband, David of Greentop, and Saralyn Erwin and husband, Lon of Baring; son, Jim Miller and wife, Nancy of Bloomfield, Iowa, daughter, Leisa Walter and husband, Greg of Kirksville; a sister, Louise Cohlmeyer of Fairview Heights, Illinois, sister-in-law, Judy Tade of Lee's Summit, Missouri; aunt, Christine Suedmeyer of Minnesota; 18 grandchildren, 27 great -grandchildren and 4 great- great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends and her faithful dog, Molly Mae.
Margaret was a member of the Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri with Sonny Smyser, pastor of that church officiating. Cole Tippett and Beth Gravett, soloists, provided music. Special selections were "When I Get Where I'm Going" and "How Great Thou Art". Pallbearers were Trenton Tallman, Logan Bogatzke, Josiah Mishler, Ryan Erwin, Mark Garr and Todd Saffel. Memorials have been established for Schuyler County Church of Faith. Burial was in the Arni Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri. Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster.