Weatherford Democrat

July 26, 2013

Barbara Sue Miller


Weatherford Democrat

— Barbara Sue Miller, 76, beloved mother, grandmother and faithful friend, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Aledo United Methodist Church, Oak and Pecan streets in Aledo. Visitation is 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment is 11 a.m. Monday at West Park Cemetery, in Hereford. She has left to be with Jesus.

Barbara was born Feb. 26, 1937, to Grady Hall and Claudine Horn Rogers, in Big Spring. She grew up in Hereford, where she met the love of her life, John Robert Miller, and they were married on July 19, 1957. They moved to Albuquerque, N.M., while Robert attended pharmacy school, and it was there in September 1959 when God blessed them with twin daughters, Debbie and Vickie. After completing school, they moved back to Hereford and opened a drugstore with Barbara’s father, Grady Rogers.

They moved to Arizona in 1969, where God blessed them with their third daughter, Alyson Celeste. But Texas was their home, and in 1981 they moved to Kerrville. Robert died in 1986 after a long battle with cancer, and Barbara and Celeste then moved to Austin and opened a wedding planning business. Barbara moved to Amarillo in 1993 to be close to her parents, Grady and Claudine, and became a Realtor. In 2000, she moved to Albuquerque to be close to her young grandchildren, and in 2005 she moved to Weatherford to be close to her older grandchildren.

Barbara loved her family, her friends and her church, Aledo United Methodist Church, and enjoyed numerous activities with them all. She was active in her TLC Sunday School Class, and rarely missed any of her grandchildren’s numerous sporting events. She especially loved her volunteer work at the Center of Hope in Aledo and with the Broadway Baptist Agape Meal in Fort Worth.

Survivors include daughters, Debbie Sue Purnell and husband, Jeffrey, Vickie Rene Reiley and husband, Philip, and Alyson Celeste Abbott; grandchildren, Zachary, Nicholas and Chad Purnell and Nichole and Jonathan Abbott; cousins, Mary Cox and Gilbert (Gib) Dickens; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Grady Hall Rogers; her mother, Claudine Horn Rogers; and her husband, John Robert Miller.

She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her. She is best described by one of her grandchildren, who wrote, “One could not ask for such a strong-hearted, God-fearin, compassionate woman as the grandmother I’ve been blessed with.”

White’s Funeral Home