Waneta Mae Miller

                                      August 30, 1920  - September 11, 2020

Waneta Mae Miller, Goshen, formerly of LaGrange, died Sept. 11 at Goshen
Hospital, after a brief period of declining health.  Born August 30, 1920 to
Irwin and Mabel Yoder Miller, she married Payson L. Miller on January 24,
1942. Waneta was a life-long resident of LaGrange County, living within a 10-
mile radius of her birthplace near Emma until her move four months ago to
Cottage Garden, Goshen. For nearly five years, she lived with her son and his
wife, enjoying the apartment they created for her.  She celebrated her 100th
birthday with her children and housemates at Cottage Garden.
Her four children include Virginia (Edward) Miller, Galen (Karen) Miller, Lynn
Miller, all of LaGrange, and Sherry (Paul) Miller of Orrville, Ohio. She has
eleven grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
She is survived by four siblings: Betty (Vernon) Roth, Cambridge, Ontario,
James Lee Miller, Shipshewana, Sue Ann Byler, Goshen, Joann Buerge,
Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her husband, brothers Ernest,
Kenneth, and Richard, as well as her parents. Waneta was industrious. A
homemaker and mother, she helped her husband manage the family farm,
worked a full-time job, entertained family and friends, and participated in
church functions. Waneta enjoyed gardening, raising and preserving food for
her family. She was a skilled seamstress, sewing many of her children’s
clothing. Her places of work included Monteith Bros., Ivers-Lee, and Starcraft
RV campers, where she used her sewing skills for over 25 years. She put off
her retirement until age 71. Thereafter, she visited nursing homes weekly,
often taking small loaves of banana bread for the “old people” who, in truth,
were her age!
She attended Shore Church all her adult life and was a faithful
participant in the ladies sewing circle through 2019. She loved quilts! Each of
her children received several, as did the grandchildren. Even her great-
grandchildren received a quilt from grandma. Her gift of hospitality was
visible often as she hosted family and friends. Sunday dinner was often
shared with others, while summer brought reunions of cousins, extended
family, and other gatherings. Her grandchildren, often in her home, not only
enjoyed her tasty dishes but her humor, the freedom to “raid” her
refrigerator, and her listening ear. Visitation is scheduled from 4:00 to 8:00
pm on Saturday, September 19, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main
St., Middlebury. For the safety of all participants, masks are required to be
worn and social distancing will be observed. There will be a 1:30 pm
graveside service held on Sunday, September 20, at Shore Cemetery. A
memorial service will follow beginning at 2:00 pm at Shore Church. Services
will be officiated by Pastor Carl Horner. Memorial contributions may be given
to Habitat for Humanity or the Sewing Circle of Shore Church.  Online
condolences may be offered at millerstewartfuneralhome.com


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From: Mary Jean Troyer
Sorry to hear of your loss but what an honor to have a Godly mother and
that she lived so many years! I always counted it a privilege to be in your
family life! We just returned from IN this eve and I had the email notice
from the funeral home.
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From: Kassidy Love
Thank you Miller family for entrusting Waneta's care to Cottage Garden
the past few months. She was so fun to get to know and her humor and
kitchen expertise will be greatly missed. May God routinely remind you of
the precious memories she created with all of you.
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From: Sandra Strayer
She was such a sweet lady!. I always got hugs when I went to see the sewing
ladies when I worked at RYLM.. Miss Sandy
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From: Phyllis Dintaman Stutzman
Waneta's death closes an era of families that were so much a part of my
growing up at Shore Mennonite Church. 100 years! Her kindly ways,
integrity and honesty, humor and physical strength, commitment to the
church are a special heritage she passed on to her younger siblings,
children, and their children. And it's also part of the rich herita ge gaine d
growing up in the Shore community. How I wish it were possible to gather
in the customary way as family and friends remember Waneta's life. Peace
to each of you.
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