Miller, Ruby

Written by David Green.

Ruby Belle Miller, 105, of Iron Mountain, Mich., and formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 20, 2013, at the Hyland Nursing Home in Iron Mountain. 

She was born Dec. 7, 1907, in Wright Township, the daughter of Loren and Cora (Stuck) Earick. On Aug. 18, 1930, in Napoleon, Ohio, she married Charles Blair Miller. He preceded her in death in February 1966.

Ruby was a 1925 graduate of Morenci High School. She furthered her education at Davis Business College in Toledo, Ohio. She retired from the Morenci school district in 1974 after 13 and a half years of service. Ruby then worked as a secretary for the Wells Insurance Agency, retiring again in 1981 after seven years.  

She was a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church since 1925; a life member of the Lenawee County Historical Society; a life member of the MEA; a life member of the National Retired Officers Association; a member of the Morenci American Legion Auxiliary; and a member of the Lenawee County School Retirees.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Jane (and Dean) Russell of Pinckney, Mich., and Lucy Ann (and Ronald) Brown of Iron Mountain; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Devona and Rhonda; granddaughter-in-law, Betty; six great-grandchildren, Corey, Jay, Zackariah, Nathaniel, Myles and Gabrielle; two step-great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jordan; and two great-great-grandsons, Jackson and Charlie.

Besides her husband, Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Mark; and a sister, Alice Allen.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. Donna Galloway officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci United Methodist Church.

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