Clara E. Miller

September 05, 1926 ‒ September 10, 2015

Marion, Ohio

Clara E. Miller, age 89, formerly of Robinson St. in Marion, died peacefully Thursday evening, September 10, 2015, at the Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky following an extended illness.

On September 5, 1926, Clara was born in Lucas County, Ohio, one of four children of the late Ashley and Clara (Huber) Marsh.  She was raised on a farm in Sylvania, Ohio, where she graduated from a local high school.

Following high school, Clara worked at the Jeep plant in Toledo for the war effort and then for G.T.E. as a switchboard operator, where she met a young World War II Navy veteran who was working as a lineman for the company, Gail R. Miller.  Gail was up from Marion, Ohio, to work on down lines in Sylvania, and he quickly realized he met the woman he couldn’t live without.  Shortly thereafter they were married on May 15, 1948, and they cherished their 64 years together.  He preceded her in death on July 17, 2012.

A loving homemaker, Clara took pride in caring for her husband and three sons: Jonathan, Robin and Jay.  She was an exceptional cook, often spoiling her family with their favorite meals, such as liver and onions, and she worked hard at making her home look “immaculate.”  She also enjoyed doing yard work and tending to their flowers.

With Gail, Clara “was along for the ride,” always by his side helping him in any way she could.  She also was an honorary lady of the Aladdin Shrine, and a past member of T.O.P.S.

A child from the depression era, Clara was very frugal, pinching every penny and she tracked where every dime went.  She also repaired most of her children’s clothes, and collected all kinds of threads so she could salvage as many articles of clothes as possible.  She was extremely strong willed and to the point.  Clara was a wife and mother who was very hard to buy for and if she didn’t have it, she say she didn’t need it.  Clara used to pal around with her late sister-in-law, Dolores Beery, going from garage sale to garage sale looking for deals.  Most importantly though, she lived for her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.

Despite not having a church affiliation, Clara had a deep faith and belief in God.  Her favorite hymn was “His Eye is On the Sparrow.”  She will be fondly remembered for telling her military son, Jay, and grandson, Nathan, “you will be in your rightful place and God will be there with you.”

Left to cherish her memory are her two sons: Robin (Nancy) Miller and Jay (Carol) Miller, both of Marion; three grandchildren: Sgt. Nathan Miller of Parris Island, SC, Matthew (Kara Cover) Miller of Middletown, OH, and Jon (Kelly Reed) Hero of Marion; two great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robbie (Joyce) Miller of Westerville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Clara was preceded in death by her son, Jonathan Miller; two brothers: Raymond and Richard Marsh; and a sister, Edith Benton.

Services will be observed privately by her immediate family in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with unexpected expenses.

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the staff and residents of the Fairhaven Community for making Clara feel at home there, and to Kindred Hospice for being there for her in her final day’s.

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Clara’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • I am sorry aunt Clara is gone but I know she is in a better place meeting people she has not seen for a long time. R.I. P.

  • So Sorry to hear this.. We are thinking of you, Carol, and the family…. Call or stop by if you want to talk, or just need a shoulder to lean on…

  • My loving grandma Miller, your 3 grandchildren and your 9 great grandchildren and your 3 great-great grandchildren existed to you! Thank you for always being there and being a wonderful grandma to me. I love you so much and will miss you dearly I hope you rest in peace. Please look down on us and know you are in our hearts