Kathleen B. Miller

February 21, 1932 ‒ October 23, 2020

Galion, Ohio

Kathleen Bailey Miller, age 88, of Galion passed on to eternal life with God the Father & Son, Jesus Christ her savior October 23, 2020 at her home.

Kathleen was born February 21, 1932 in Middletown, Ohio. Her birth parents were Kenneth & Ethel (Rhoads) Bailey. At two years of age she became the  child of her life parents, Rev. Sylvester & Susanna (Huston) Gear, who preceded her in passing.

She married her life partner Charles “Chuck” Miller in 1959. They met at Jerry’s Night Club, dancing to the song “Ebb Tide” & it has been many times said, “She had him at first glance & dance!” She is survived by Chuck.

She is also survived by daughters, Tina (Dave) Ottavi of Columbus & Tawnya (Drew) Barton of Westerville. Grandchildren, Nicole Ottavi of Columbus, Brian (Rachel) Ottavi, Margaret Barton & Quinn Barton of Westerville; great-grandsons Tripp and Luca Ottavi; sister Maribelle (Robert) Flesher of Middletown; step-sister Frances Hopperton of Cincinnati & brother-in-laws John (Judi) Miller of Fulton & Richard (Patricia) Miller of Westerville. Brothers Richard Prather & Harold (Francis) Bailey preceded her in passing.

Kathie graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 1950 and worked at The Hydraulic Press in Mt. Gilead, prior to becoming a Dental Technician in Mt. Gilead until she married Chuck. Kathie was a proud mother & enjoyed all the things associated with the raising of their two children. She later worked for 19 years & retired from The Galion Community Hospital as a nurse’s aide, medical records assistant & physical therapy assistant. Kathie also assisted Chuck as hostess from 1980 to 1995 during Royal Caribbean Cruises for company marketing award winners.

Kathie was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Galion, where she was active in Youth Fellowship, outreach meals, after school tutoring program & the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. She belonged to the Galion Model Mothers Club. She enjoyed baking, traveling & especially their vacations to Hawaii, plus the many cruises they took over the years.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St. Galion, Ohio 44833. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon in Iberia Cemetery with Rev. Donald Wake officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Avita Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Kathleen Miller, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.


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  • Chuck, Tina, Tawnya and Family,
    I”m so sorry to learn of Kathie’s passing . She was a very sweet person & always smiling ! Keeping all of you in my thoughts & prayers ,
    Mary Anne & Family

  • I got to know Kathie at the Galion Community Hospital, she was always smiling and she was a very nice lady.

    Maggie Bashoff

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Kathy’s passing, I’ve known Kathy and Chuck for many years. They were my landlord for many years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chuck and the family

  • Chuck, Tina Tawnya, We are sorry to learn of Kathy’s passing. We have many great memories of going to the same church for many years together, being at so many softball games over the years. We pray you allow our Lord to comfort each of you at this time.

  • Chuck, Tina, & Tawnya,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful wife and mother Kathie. Kathie was a very sweet woman and will be missed by many. I have many good memories of her while attending the Church as a youth. My thoughts are with you all during this time.

  • Dear Chuck & girls, I know Fred talked to you, but I also wanted to send my condolences. For some reason, we’ve never been able to get your emails. Oh my, Kathie and I really had fun on a couple of our trips together, especially at H. H. We were “golf widows” gone shopping crazy. Thanks to you for planning some of those cruises with church friends, too. And to both of you for your contributions to the work of our church. I’m hospitalized (not too serious) and my brother just died, so we won’t be there Monday. Certainly appreciated Nicole ’s sweet card. Love, Mary Sue

  • Dear Chuck, Tina and Tawnya,
    Now I know where Tina got her genes for cruise director hostess, from your mom. So sorry for your loss. Wow, what an interesting life your mom led. So many different experiences and ways she served others. Praying God will bring many memories to your minds over these next days, weeks and months.
    Sincerely, Jill Waterman

  • Chuck, Tina, Tawnya and Grandkids,
    My heartfelt sympathy to all of you! I will be praying for your comfort and rejoicing that you will see her again.
    Jan Rader Noethlich

  • We were so sorry to read about Kathleen’s passing. She was such a sweet person. Lots of good memories of the years that she worked at Galion Hospital. Our love and prayers are with each of you.

  • Our prayers are with Kathy’s family as they go through this difficult loss. I worked with Kathy at the hospital, and it is true…she always was smiling! We also knew her from church. I am sure she will be deeply missed.

    Marsha and Glenn Cheesman

  • Dear Chuck And Girls,
    I took care of kathie for home health and I absolutely loved taking care of her. We shared many memories and laughs together and she was an amazing woman and she was always smiling. Praying for all of you in this hard time.

  • Dear Chuck and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We like many have fond memories . Kathy was a ray of sunshine with her smiles and twinkle in her eyes. She will be missed.

    Love to you all,

    Doug & Jerry Osborne

  • Chuck and family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find peace and comfort at this time.
    Your neighbors,
    Mert & Charlotte Sipes

  • Dear Tawnya, Chuck, Tina and families,

    I am so sorry to hear of Kathie’s passing. She was such a lovely person. I have many, many fond childhood memories of time spent in your home and her warm smile and contagious laugh. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.


  • My heart goes out to Chuck and family!!! What an amazing lady! I was her hairdresser for many years until I moved to Tennessee. I looked forward to our visits and conversations! All my love & prayers to y’all!!!
    God Bless!

  • Sad to hear the news about Kathie today. I’ve know her for a long time. I was her last hairdresser for years. We have some great memories. We always talked about recipes, family and the cruises she had been on. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Had the most beautiful white hair. Looked forward to seeing her every Tuesday and Friday. I will miss her so much. Glad I had the opportunity to know her. Hugs and oray are to her family.

  • To the Miler Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Kathleen.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Chuck, Tawnya & family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful morher. She was always cheering you on. Shewas such a wonderful hostess when we would come over to hang out with you as teens.

    The video tribute to her life is soo well done. I could see the love you all have for one another.

    May the Lord be with you during this time!
    Neal and Kathi (Harris) Wallace

  • Dear Chuck,
    We’re very sorry to learn about your dear wife’s passing. You and your family have our deepest sympathy.
    Bill and Marge Sherron

  • Chuck and Family: Sorry to hear of Kathie’s passing. May the Lord comfort you all at this time and give you peace and rest. Our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you.
    Dale has appreciated Chuck heading up the Thursdays outings.
    Dale & Marsha

  • Have many good memories of our time in
    Model Mothers Club. I also worked with Tawnya at Quays. You are all in my thoughts and prayers