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Gladys A. Bontrager Miller, 82, Goshen and Sarasota, Florida, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, while on a cruise off the coast of Chile. The cruise was a gift from Gladys to her husband, John, celebrating his 90th birthday.
She was born Oct. 27, 1935, in Nappanee, to Amos and Mabel (Ramer) Bauman.
On Nov. 20, 1955, she married Orval D. Bontrager in Goshen. He died Oct. 15, 1998.
She married John C. Miller March 26, 2005. He survives along with her sons, Greg (Rita) Bontrager, Goshen, Gary (Stacey) Bontrager, Hawaii, and Doug (Karen) Bontrager, Goshen; stepchildren, Cheryl Miller, Fremont, Ohio, Karen (Robert) Kubota, Lowell, Ohio, Gary (Connie) Miller, Goshen, Randy Miller, Fort Pierce, Florida, and Timothy (Janet) Miller, Columbia, Kansas; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Carol Miller, Wolcottville, and Norma Bontrager, Goshen.
Along with her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Miriam Slabaugh, and a brother, Donald Bauman.
Gladys was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a charter member of East Goshen Mennonite Church. A member of the Busy Bee Homemakers Club, she had the honor of being named Homemaker of the Year for the Elkhart County Fair. She also worked for several years at Bethany Christian Schools. She was a cake decorator for 28 years, adding to the joy of birthdays, weddings and many special occasions. She was trained in grief counseling and brought care to those experiencing loss. Gladys' family would describe her as a friend to those who needed a friend very generous, a good listener, supportive, proud of her boys and their families and fun loving.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at East Goshen Mennonite Church, 17861 Ind. 4, Goshen, and Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the 2 p.m. funeral at the church. Pastors Naomi Yoder and Merle Hostetler will officiate.
Burial will follow at Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the church.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 28, 2018
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