Life Sketch for Alice Miller
Alice Kay Miller, 69, passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at her home in Newton.
Alice was born on March 21, 1944 to Burley and Marguerite (Romigh) Starks in Wichita, Kansas. As an infant, she developed a love for adventure and travel when she journeyed to both coasts with her parents as her father served in the Navy. After returning to Kansas, she lived in Admire and Clements before moving to Cottonwood Falls. Her father then build a house ¾ mile west of Cottonwood Falls on 27 acres in the flint hills. She enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, and developed a lifetime love for nature.
When she was 13 years old, her father accepted a position as water and sewer superintendent for the City of Newton. She was a member of the first set of classes to attend Chisholm Junior High School. At Newton High School, she excelled in honors classes some which met before the regular school day began. She graduated in 1962 and also attended Bethel College and Wichita State University.
She met her future husband, Harold L. Miller, at a MYF ice skating party on King’s pond and he literally “fell” for her. They were married on April 11, 1965 in the first wedding to be performed at Eastside United Methodist Church in Newton, Kansas where they continued as members and raised their family. Church life was very important to her and she served as a youth sponsor, bible school teacher, and volunteered as the church secretary for many years. She was also instrumental in incorporating technology into the worship services and helped organize community outreach projects.
Alice worked for Hesston Corporation before starting her family. She later joined the law firm of Somers, Robb and Robb serving as a legal assistant for over 35 years. Because of her broad range of involvement with numerous clubs, organizations, and civic groups she established relationships with people in all walks of life. Some of the groups that were impacted by her efforts were Girl Scouts, Daughters of The American Revolution, Red Hat Society, and Quail Creek Home Owners Association, She served as a mentor for many young people and was always willing to reach out to others who needed a hand.
Her home was the hub for celebrations of family and friends. Family was very important in her life. She had a curiosity about her ancestry which developed into a passion for genealogy. Alice was a very warm, kind and accepting person; She was respected by many for her honest, loyal and hardworking endeavors.
As a couple, Alice and Harold enjoyed going to dances, attending theatrical events. Together they traveled with family and friends to many cities and States including Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Canada, and Europe. The most special trips for Alice were accompanying each grandchild on their own trip to Branson, MO by tour bus.
Treasured memories of the grand children were: grandma over-seeing baking cookies of their choice for entry in the Harvey County Fair; her attendance at each child’s sporting events and concerts. Playing games and fishing at the lake behind her house brought many hours of enjoyment. Attending the Symphony in the Flint Hill was a special treat for Abby. A highlight was celebrating holidays and birthdays with her famous chocolate sheet cake. A Wednesday tradition was picking up the kids from school and spending time together even if it was just running errands or fun activities.
Even when faced with the tragic loss of family and friends and her own terminal illnesses, she never lost her passion for reaching out to others. Through all these trials, her faith grew ever stronger. She will be missed and remembered by all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Stenzel and spouse, Eugene; her precious grandchildren, Abby, Kyle and Luke Stenzel; sister, Halicia Motter and husband, Leland; Brother in Law, James Miller and spouse, Mildred ,adored nieces and nephews, Crystal, Christopher, Cory , and Cameron Motter ; Vickie and Cindy Miller ; Kevin and Jim Miller and a step brother, John Lenke