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7/5/2013 11:09:00 AM
Doris Miller
Mrs. Miller
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Mrs. Miller

Doris Ilene Miller, 80, of Mendota died July 2, 2013.
Visitation is 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday with a memorial service at 4 p.m. in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota. A graveside commemoration will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Restland Cemetery, Mendota.
Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota, provided arrangements.
Doris was born Jan. 10, 1933, in Marion Township, Ogle County to Ralph and Lucille Hays. She grew up in a farm family among six siblings. At a roller skating rink in Rochelle, she met Howard George Miller of Mendota. They married on Nov. 29, 1952.
Doris was a 56-year member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and particularly enjoyed singing with her friends in the church’s Singing Mothers ensemble. She could always be found in the auditorium at her son’s and daughter’s school performances and in the stands at her daughter’s tennis meets. Her grandchildren and the rest of the extended family could count on her enthusiastic presence as well.
A sociable woman with a dry sense of humor, she treasured visits with friends and family, particularly her grandchildren. She kept the postal service busy delivering the many cards and letters she sent to this large circle of people.
Doris handled the business side of her husband’s small trucking business and later joined friends in a painting and wallpapering service.
Doris is survived by her husband, Howard of Mendota; her children and their spouses, Daryl (Daniel Gaines) Miller of Santa Monica, Calif., and Diane (Tom) Cessna of Bloomington; her grandchildren, Alexandra and Ian Cessna; and siblings, Veda May Cole of Rochelle, Wilmer Hays of Libertyville and Laverne Hays of Orfordville, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Eugene Hays, Merilyn Hoffman and Merlin Hays.
Memorials may be sent to the family for charitable distribution.

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