Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
Rita T. Miller, 98, of Saint Marys, died 12:34 A.M. Sunday, November 22, 2020, at her residence.
She was born October 15, 1922, in Dayton, the daughter of Paul and Alma (Yeager) Hummer. She married John C. Miller, Jr. on January 4, 1947; he survives in Saint Marys.
She is survived by her children: Donald Miller of Columbus; Lawrence (Claire) Miller of Columbus; Steven (Cathy) Miller of Dayton; Jeffrey (Deb) Miller of Dublin; Mary (Carey) Clouner of Saint Marys; Donna Miller of Galloway. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Connie Miller of Virginia. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Christopher Miller; Jessica (Anthony) Brazier; Alexandra (Paul) Berning; Alyssa Miller; Evan Miller; Victoria Miller; Olivia Miller; Melinda (Charlie) Burts; Shaun Miller; Casey Miller; Austin Miller; Jamie Miller; Kyle (Cindy) Clouner; Luke (Tasha Moon) Clouner; Ethan (Rachel) Clouner. She is survived by her 12 great-grandchildren, by her sister: Ann (Bill) Beer; and sister-in-law, Alice Hummer.
She was preceded in death by her son, James Miller, her parents and her siblings: Clara Englebrecht; Robert Hummer; Edward Hummer; Raymond Hummer. Also preceding her in death Anna Marie Phlipot, Helen Otto, and Edward and Patricia Miller.
Rita was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Dayton in 1944. She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during WWII.
Rita was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a prolific baker of cookies, cakes, pies and other impromptu sweet treat creations. No pie was complete without whipped topping and no day was complete without dessert served with hot coffee. She knew everyone's favorite dessert and provided each person with an abundance of that dessert for every special occasion.
She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing many of her children's clothes. She also enjoyed expressing her artistic side with needlework; copper etching, wood burning and stained glass projects which were proudly displayed throughout her home and children's homes.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where she spent many hours volunteering her services. She was a 14 year colon cancer survivor.
Rita also assisted her husband, John, in building their two homes and many other miscellaneous construction projects from mixing mortar to holding lumber ready to be nailed.
A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Saint Marys, the Reverend Alexander Witt, celebrant. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.
All visitors to the church are required to wear a mask, in accordance with the mandate of the Ohio Department of Health.
Memorial gifts may be given to either Friends of Holy Rosary School or Tailgate for Cancer.
Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, Saint Marys, is entrusted with Rita's funeral arrangements, and condolences may be sent to her family via Millerfuneralhomes.net.