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Grace Miller Jan. 12, 1944 – Aug. 30, 2017


September 5, 2017

Grace Miller

Grace Miller

Jan. 12, 1944 – Aug. 30, 2017

Grace Mary Miller, 73, of Lebanon, a former Sweet Home resident, died Aug. 30, 2017 from multiple health issues including adenocarcinoma (a type of cancer), surrounded by family members.

She was born Jan. 12, 1944 in Lebanon, to Ray and Era Coop-er. She was the youngest sister to Loretta Dixon and Ray Cooper, Jr., both of Sweet Home.

She resided in Sweet Home until she married David James Miller, Sr. on Jan. 4, 1961 who was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in England.While residing in England, they welcomed their first two children, Kathy Perkins of Albany, and David Miller, Jr. of Depoe Bay.

After Mr. Miller’s service in England, they moved back to the United States, where he received an honorable discharge.

After returning to Oregon, they welcomed three more children, Kay Anderson of Lebanon, Kim Burbach of Lebanon, and Karen Tallman of Milwaukie.

Mrs. Miller worked as a school bus driver, grocery clerk and store manager in the Astoria area. She received her GED and, later, her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from Linn-Benton Community College. Over the years, she was a home caregiver.

In 1981, her husband was ordained as a minister of Christ. She supported her husband in his ordination while she herself worked in the ministry as a Christian school aide, volunteering in women’s and children’s ministries, as well as many others.

While in ministry, the Millers moved to various churches. In Oregon, they ministered in Sweet Home, Albany, Siletz and filled in at many other cities. From 1984 to 1988, they lived in the Reno, Nev. area. They spent one year in Yakima, Wash. before returning to Albany.

Mr. Miller died in 1989 at the age of 48.

She was later married to Harold Westbrook, from 1993 to 2016.

Over the years, Mrs. Miller demonstrated a great love for her family and countless others that she considered to be family. The Millers enjoyed opening their home to friends, family and church members.

She was referred to as “Grandma” by many people, as she had a great love for everyone. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.

She enjoyed playing games, embroidering, sewing, knitting sweaters for family, latch-hook, trichem painting, baking, talking on the phone, writing letters, taking yearly coast trips with her family and garage sales. She was a collector of all things.

She showed her love of the Lord through fellowship, prayers, meals, cards and words of encouragement. She was a servant to all and loved to help others.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her brother and sister; five children; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; as well as many step-children and step-grandchildren.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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