Janice E. Miller

February 19, 1947 ‒ January 04, 2017

Marengo, Ohio

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

  • Bryan & Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom, she was such a sweet lady!!! My thoughts & prayers are with each of you during this difficult time!!!

  • Rodney & family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family and know that Janice will
    be missed by everyone who knew her.

  • I am so sorry for this untimely and tragic loss to your family. The only true condolence is that God is here for us, loved and cared for us.

  • We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Janice. She was such a sweet lady to all. I know she will be greatly missed. May the Lord give you peace and comfort at this time as only He can give.

  • May peace be with Janice’s family. She was always so proud of you and loved you all so much.

  • Dear Jesse and family,
    We were so saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Nancy, Dana, Todd, Erin and families

  • My condolences to the entire Miller family. I do remember positive energy during the days Jesse was in the band and the various plays and musicals at the school.

  • Rodney and family, we’recommend so sorry for your loss. Jane was a great lady. Sending hugs and prayers.

  • Rodney and family
    . I am deeply saddened by this news
    words escapee me and I cherish our pony and yorkie memories. I know she and dean are talking poas right now
    hugs my friend

  • Rodney, Bryan, Brent, Jessie and everyone else that is a part of Janice’s life. I remember fondly my childhood days in the Miller home and Janice was a huge part of those good memories for treating me like i was one of the family. She will be missed by all My thoughts and prayers are to all of you.

  • Dear Rodney family and friends I’m so sorry for the loss of Jenny I have very many fond memories of her we had some great times together here recently we went to Der Dutchman in Plain City I have had the privilege of knowing this great woman of God she will be deeply missed my thoughts and prayers are with all of you God bless

  • We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Janice made such an impression on us, with her kind heart, and her beautiful laughter, which I’ll never forget. I feel very fortunate to have been able to call Janice my friend. Our prayers are with you all.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. I remember her from a few years back when all our children were growing up. Rodney coached baseball and she was the cheerleader for all the kids. She was always such fun. She will be missed by everyone who ever knew her.

  • Bryan & family – I’m so sorry of your loss. Your mom sounds like she was a wonderful lady. I wish that your family finds comfort & support in each other during this very difficult time.

  • My prayers go out to this family! I knew Jannie growing up on Muddlety Valley Road and spent the night with her when we were young. What a loving family! She was so full of life and fun to be around! I know she is just as alive today and in the presence of our Lord!

  • We are sorry for your loss . Enjoyed knowing Janice and family. She will be missed. Love and sympathy, Caroll and Rob Stewart

  • We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Janice. As a first cousin I remember the many happy times we had together while growing up when I was visiting West Va. with my parents. Love and sympathy form Bill and Mary Hamiton

  • I am so sorry for your loss she was a wonderful person and a delight to have at horseshoes

  • Jesse & Family,

    Mrs. Miller’s warmth, generosity, and compassion will continue to radiate from the lives she touched with her own; her spirit preserved in our memories.

    Sincere condolences,
    Justin G.

  • Rodney and family-
    Janice touched so many of us in our club in the last few years. We are saddened for the loss of such a wonderful person. God bless you all-
    The Highland Achievers 4H Club

  • I am so sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. I will always remember her kind spirit and laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with Rodney and children.

    Catherine Frame Clark (Cousin)

  • I wish I could have been there today to celebrate Aunt Jannie’s life with everyone. It still doesn’t seem real and my heart hurts for my Uncle Rodney and all of my cousins. She was such a kind and generous woman, full of love and life, and she will truly be missed by all who knew her.

  • I am so thankful for having known Janice. She was a blessing to anyone that knew her. She not only touched my life but my grandchildren. Her enthusiasm for those ponies and her bunnies makes me smile now. She was so proud of her children ,grandchildren but most of all there was no mistaking her love for Rodney!May all her family cling to all those happy memories! She was special there’s no denying that!All my prayers for all of you!

  • Rodney I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss my tours through the Holland Lop barn with Jenny. She loved her chubby faced Hollands and her grandchildren dearly. She was such a sweet lady. I will miss her. Continue her legacy with the Holland Lops and let me know what I can do to help.

    Melissa, Taylor, and Samantha Chattin