Margaret Kathryn Miller, 93, long time resident of Elkhart, IN and more recently Kansas City MO. passed away peacefully September 23, 2020 in Kansas City, MO. She was born February 27,1927 in Chicago, IL to James Alexander and Margaret (Clark) Carr originally Canadian citizens her mom was a nurse and father fought in the Canadian Cavalry with Allied forces in W.W. I. He was wounded riding his horse by aircraft gunfire and spent two years in an English hospital.
Margaret’s parents moved to Chicago becoming American citizens and later moved to Burr Oak MI to work their farm. Margaret graduated high school in Burr Oak where she met her husband Walter Michael Miller. While growing their family she also had a successful working career as a court reporter, secretary at Checker Cab, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals in Kalamazoo MI and in Elkhart was an executive secretary for Miles Laboratories from which she retired. She then continued work in the law office of Dean Burton.
Even before women were accepted fully in church leadership she was very active in the Body of Christ as a leader in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana sitting on many boards and ordination committees, serving Holy Communion and teaching classes and Bible studies. She was also a leader in the renewal movement of Cursillo.
Margaret was a devoted wife and mother to four children and an example of faith and love to her family and her community as a citizen and neighbor who valued education and civic involvement to create a better world for others. She taught her children to accept others regardless of race, color or creed.
She married Walter Michael Miller on July 1,1945 in Sturgis, MI. He preceded her in death. In addition to her husband Walter, she was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Linda Julian, two sons: Thomas and Michael; and a grandchild Christopher. Survivors include Son in law Don Julian of Parkville, MO, her son Stephen John Miller and wife, Joellen of Mishawaka, IN; two brothers: James Carr of Phoenix, AZ and John Carr of Columbia, MO; five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 25th, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 226 W Lexington Ave. Elkhart. ALL ATTENDING MUST WEAR A MASK. Visitation 10:00 to 10:30 AM and Memorial Mass 11:00 AM. Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Donations in honor of Margaret and her son Thomas who died from gun violence can be made to everytown.org.
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