Betty Miller, on Sunday November 15, transitioned from time to eternity, nineteen days short of reaching her 90th birthday.
Betty was born December 4, 1930 to Everett and Amy Coonce Badders. She grew up in Hymera, Indiana the oldest of five sisters. Betty married her high school sweetheart, Max Miller, on February 23, 1951 and they settled in Sullivan, Indiana after Max was discharged from the Army in Killeen, Texas.
She and her husband traveled the world extensively. But her happy place was Sanibel Island, Florida. She truly loved the beach and was an avid sheller, spending hours looking for perfect shells. Betty was a wonderful baker and as such was well known for her famous Christmas cookie trays that graced the high school teacher’s lounge for many years. She was an extraordinary hostess for many church choir parties and Holiday parties in her home. Betty was always a very proper lady and quite an authority on all things related to “good manners”.
Betty worked as receptionist and secretary for her husband Max’s real estate business.
She was also very active in her community. Betty was a longtime member of the Sullivan First Baptist Church where she and her husband, Max, were married. She had a passion for the children and served many years as a Sunday School teacher. She was the director and organizer of many Birthday Suppers and Mother-Daughter Banquets as well as many Easter Sun Rise Pageants. She was also a member of the Friday Afternoon Club and enjoyed her time with her fellow Red Hat ladies. She was a Girl Scout leader as well as a Boy Scout den mother. She was the go-to driver for many, many school functions, sporting events and music contests. She volunteered as a Gray Lady at Mary Sherman Hospital and served on many boards and committees in the church.
Betty was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband of 63 years, Max, and a sister, Marilyn Willey. She is survived by a son, Mike (Melanie) Miller of Sullivan, a daughter, Alisa (Rick) Risinger of Zionsville, three granddaughters, Amy Dawn Medley of Zionsville, Indiana, Megan (Caleb) Sappington and Malorie (BJ) Howard both of Sullivan, Indiana, seven great-granddaughters and one great-grandson. Also three sisters, Carolyn McDowell of West Palm Beach, Florida, Juanita Sweeney of Brownsburg, Indiana and Evelyn Redman of Fort Myers, Florida.
Services will be at 1:00 Friday, November 20 at Holmes Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be at 11:00 until the time of service. Burial will be at Center Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests, if you so desire, a donation be made in Betty’s memory to the American Baptist Women (ABW) Ministries at the First Baptist Church in Sullivan, Indiana.
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