Janice E. Miller
February 19, 1947 ‒ January 04, 2017
Janice E. Miller, aged 69, of Marengo died Wednesday morning, January 4, 2017 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital following a brief illness.
She was born on February 19, 1947 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Richwood, West Virginia the daughter of the late James and Inez (Young) Russell.
On November 20, 1965, she married Rodney L. Miller in Summersville, West Virginia.
For Janice and Rodney showing and breeding rabbits and ponies were a large part of their lives. In fact, at any given time over the years you could find as many as 27 ponies and 150 rabbits on their property in Marengo. The rabbit breed of choice for Janice are the Holland Lop and Rodney’s are the much larger slightly meaner Checker Giant. Their travels to show ponies and rabbits took them to several states where they made acquaintances with folks from all over the country.
She held memberships in Pony of Americas Club, Ohio State Pony of Americas Club, American Rabbit Breeders Association, Ohio Checker Giant Rabbit Club, and Holland Lop Specialty Rabbit Club.
In addition to the rabbits and ponies, Janice stayed active working in her flower garden, bailing hay, and canning jams and jellies. She received flower starts from different family members and planted them in her garden. If she wasn’t tending the animals in the spring and summer, you could usually find her weeding her flower garden. Her boys also remember her canning Blackberry and Grape Jam as well.
Relation or not, Janice was everybody’s cheerleader, encourager, and was grandmother to all; she saw the potential in everybody. She did not miss any of her children or grandchildren’s activities or events and took her role as grandmother so seriously she volunteered to be a grandmother to those in need in her daughter-in-law’s class; willing to bake cookies or anything else that might define the role of grandmother. In this regard, the apple does not fall far from the tree, as Janice’s Mom, Inez was the consummate grandmother and family woman.
Janice was tough as nails, an extremely hard worker, and as Rodney said, “a super good lady”.
She will be missed by her husband Rodney; their three sons Rodney Bryan Miller and his wife Kathy of Marengo, Brent Edward Miller and his wife Kelly of Walkertown, North Carolina, and Jesse Naymond Miller of Portland, Oregon; six grandchildren Shareese “Shae”, Kayla, Kaitlyn, Mackenzie, Hannah Ashtyn, and Jonathan; and siblings Beverly (Richard) Grose, John Allen (Cindy) Russell, and Cindy (Lloyd) Walton.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son William “Billy” Thomas Miller; and siblings Dolores (Nelson) Tinnel and James “Terry” Russell.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074 with Adam Pursel officiating. Friends may call from 2:00 PM until the time of the service. Graveside services will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM at the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Summersville, West Virginia.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at https://cancer.osu.edu/giving-back/ways-to-donate/stefanie-spielman-fund-for-breast-cancer-research
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Janice’s family. Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com