Beverly J. Miller, 89, of Middlebury, died Thursday, Jan. 25, at Hospice House, Elkhart. She was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Middlebury, to Walter and Thelma (Farver) Hout. On June 1, 1947, in Middlebury, she married her high school sweetheart, James E. Miller, who preceded her in death Aug. 29, 2011.
She is survived by three daughters, Peggy (Steve) Yeater of Middlebury, Pamala (Bob) King of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, Sandra (Jim) Miller of Conover, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Matt (Rebecca) Yeater, of Middlebury, Carrie (Ron) Smith of Carmel, Indiana, Aaron (Keri) Otto, of Fort Myers, Florida, and Emily (Keith) Wood of Laurenburg, North Carolina; five great-granddaughters, Anna, Alaina, Audrey and Ava Yeater and Samantha Smith; and one great-grandson, Cayden Wood. Also surviving are a brother, Robert "Bob" (Carol) Hout, of San Diego, California; a sister Nancy Krikorian, of Lynnfield, Massachusetts; brother-in-law Dr. Richard D. Miller of Bonita Springs, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Laura Miller, New Carlisle, and Marietta Miller, Claypool, Indiana; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
She worked for Krider Nurseries from 1954-1966, and Yoder Oil company from 1966-1993. While working outside the home, she managed to decorate birthday cakes and wedding cakes, and also made thousands of cookies and candies each Christmas season.
Bev was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Middlebury for 71 years, where she was worship chairperson for 22 years and a member of the women's group, sang in the choir, was fill-in organist for her mother, was a member of the handbell choir and attended Bible studies.
Bev also enjoyed collecting antiques for 62 years, and she loved the challenge of locating antique stores when she and her husband took trips. Bev always wished for a dollhouse while growing up and finally got her wish one Christmas several years ago, and enjoyed decorating and finding period pieces to furnish it with.
She was also a member of the Middlebury Home Extension club and a charter member of the Middlebury Historical Society where she also served on the board of trustees from 2002-2016 and served as vice president from 2004-2016.
Bev was an avid reader and history buff. She was a member of the Read-A-Bit book club for many years. She enjoyed PBS history commentaries as well as all things related to history on the History Channel. She was an encyclopedia of knowledge and willing to share that knowledge.
Family was very important to her and she was a great example to them all. She had a great sense of humor, and her laughter, stories, her loving and caring ways, will forever be cherished.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 1, from 3-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist church 720 S. Main St., Middlebury. Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to First United Methodist Church, Middlebury Community Museum or Center for Hospice, 22579 Old U.S. 20 E., Elkhart, IN 46516.
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on January 27, 2018