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Mary Elizabeth Beechy Miller, 91, Sturgis, Michigan, died Wednesday, Aug. 2.
She was born in LaGrange County, Indiana, to William and Amanda (Schrock) Beechy Oct. 6, 1925. Amanda died in 1929 and William married Nora Bontrager in March 1930.
Mary married John E. Miller Feb. 13, 1945, in Lagrange County. John died in November 2002.
Mary is survived by four sons, Wyman Miller, Mervin (Marcia) Miller and Bill (Linda) Miller, all of Sturgis, and Marvin (Nancy) Miller, Jones. She is survived by three daughters, Margaret (Bill) Clemens, Goshen, Indiana, Marilyn (Fred) Schwartz and Amanda (Joe) Yoder, both of Sturgis.
Also, surviving are 14 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren who referred to their beloved grandmother and great-grandmother as Grandma Miller, Grandma Mary or "Miller."
She is survived by three sisters, Katherine (Ora) Weirich, Goshen, Alice (Menno) Yoder, Shipshewana, Indiana, and Amanda Miller, Chouteau, Oklahoma; and one brother, Elva Beechy, Millersburg, Indiana. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Jackie Beechy Mazzoni, Matteson, Illinois. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband; parents; one sister, Anna (Amzie) Miller, Wolcottville, Indiana; four brothers, Ammon (Ida) Beechy, Shipshewana, Vernon Beechy, Sturgis, Ray (Georgia) Beechy, Reeding, and Bill Beechy, Oak Forest, Illinois; and one grandson, Mark Miller, Centreville.
Mary was employed by Centreville Schools as dietician from 1962 to 1973. She was employed by Sturgis Public Schools as a vocational food instructor from 1974 to 1987. While employed with Sturgis Schools, she was a leader in developing the programs for Senior Center and GAPS.
Previously, Mary worked at Sturgis Hospital and as cook at Amigo Centre.
She was a life member of Mintdale Women's Club and Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Burr Oak.
Visitation will take place at Locust Grove Church from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. A funeral service is scheduled at Locust Grove Mennonite Church for 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, with visitation from 2 to 3 p.m.
Contributions in Mary's memory may be made to Amigo Centre, 26455 Banker St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
Eley Funeral Homes, Centreville and Constantine, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.
Published on August 3, 2017
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