CHAMPION - Mary Alice DeJute Miller, 93, passed away peacefully Monday, July 9, 2012, at the home of her son, six months after a debilitating stroke.
She was born May 30, 1919, in Niles, the eldest child of Joseph F. DeJute and Margaret Ellen Williams DeJute.
Mary was a graduate of Niles McKinley High School in 1937. She married John W. Miller of Leavittsburg on Oct. 9, 1941. They met while both were students at Kent State University.
Mary and John lived in Howland where they raised six children. Mary worked at Copperweld during World War II and was a substitute teacher. John passed away on Jan. 6, 1973.
Mary moved to Niles upon retiring. She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. She was an avid bridge player, attended reading groups at the McKinley Memorial Library and was a member of the Niles SCOPE. She enjoyed swimming, traveling to visit family and attending Elder Hostel programs.
She is survived by her five children, Jayme (Richard) Gerard of Cedarville, Nancy (David) Flinner of Cortland, John Miller of Oak Park, Ill., Michael (Cheryl) Miller of Champion and Joseph (Tracey) Miller of Lancaster; nine grandchildren, Simeon Wildman of Glen Allen, Va., Amanda (Charles) Wildman Allison of Zanesville, Laura Gerard McCarren of Xenia, Jeremy (Shannon) Flinner of Cortland, Zoe (Nick) Flinner Pirigyi of Farmdale, Raegan Flinner Reda of Cortland, Bradley Miller of Cortland, Steven (Jacqueline) Miller of Champion and Rebecca Miller of Champion; 10 great-grandchildren, Conner and Katherine Allison, Kylie McCarren, Hayley and Dana Flinner, Corbin and Kaylin Burggraf, Tori Pirigyi, and Kyle and Michael Miller. Mary also has many cousins, nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
In addition to her parents and dear husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret "Honey" Williams, Roselyn Cairns and Adeline Rogers; an infant daughter, Mary; and eldest her daughter, Patricia J. Wildman, who died on Dec. 9, 2005.
Calling hours will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen Church. The Rev. Thomas Kraszewski will be the celebrant. Per Mary's request, the burial services will be private in All Souls Cemetery, Cortland.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Children's Rehabilitation Center or Hospice of the Valley.
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