Shelbyville Daily Union


March 25, 2014

Wanda June Miller

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Wanda June Miller

Beecher City

Wanda June Miller 86, of Beecher City, IL, passed away at 11:55 PM Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014 in her home surrounded by her family. June was born Dec. 15, 1927 in Mattoon, IL, the daughter of A.R. and Edith Shewmake Smith. She married Walter Miller Nov. 30, 1947 in the United Methodist Church in Mattoon. Together they loved and raised five children.

June faithfully followed Jesus Christ and served as an active member of the Beecher City Church of Christ. For most of her adult life, she taught two and three year olds in Sunday school and served on the church mission team.

June graduated from Mattoon High School in the Class of 1945. As a student, she worked at the Nickelodeon Theatre in Mattoon, playing the Hawaiian guitar and piano while the movie reels were changed. Later, she worked at Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company in Mattoon. In Beecher City, June deeply loved people and enjoyed serving them as an Amway representative in her community.

June volunteered for many years with the Beecher City Unit School District 20 Mother`s Club (known now as the Parents’ Association). She participated in Beecher City Eastern Star, serving as Chaplain and Worthy Matron. For many years, she worked enthusiastically as a volunteer at Fairhaven Christian Home in Decatur and Heartland Christian Village in Neoga. She and Walter faithfully supported the work of Bond Christian Service Camp in Mulberry Grove, IL. June loved her family, church and community.

Surviving are her husband Walter; children: Gary Dean (Nancy) Miller of Springfield, IL, Donald Ray Miller of Beecher City, James Roy (Vicky) Miller of Beecher City, Robert Gene (Carol) Miller of Manchester, NH and Jean Ellen Miller Roberts of Beecher City; nineteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her parents: Arnold Roy Smith and Edith Shewmake Smith; sisters: Evelyn Mary Smith, Irene Smith Gaston; brothers: Gerald Dean Smith, Harold Gene Smith; daughter-in-law: Anne McCarty Miller; and son-in-law: Frank William Dunaway.

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