Velma Earnestine (Fetters) Miller

June 08, 1919 ‒ October 02, 2017

Manchester, Tennessee
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Velma Earnestine (Fetters) Miller, age 98, of Manchester Tennessee, formerly of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, died Monday, October 2, 2017 at Manchester Health Care Center, Manchester, Tennessee.

Velma was born June 8, 1919 in New Carlisle, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ace Dawson and Estella May (Jackson) Fetters.

Velma lived in Clark County, Ohio until she married William S. Miller of Ravenna on March 11, 1938, where she resided until their move to Williamsport, Ohio.  She lived there until the death of her husband.  She moved to Shelby, Ohio and later to Mt. Gilead, Ohio.  She moved to Marengo, Ohio and then to Manchester, Tennessee with her daughter.

Velma was a lifelong homemaker.  She loved the country, horses, dogs, trees, flowers and birds.  She loved doing dishes while looking out the window and singing.  She could often be found tending to a wounded animal or working in her flowerbeds.  She was a member of the Williamsport Grange.  During the war, Velma was a civilian ground observer for the Aircraft Warning Service (AWS).  She played euchre for 30+ years with the same group of local women, whom she cherished as her friends.  She loved her family, her country, her friends and her GOD.

She was baptized at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, Williamsport, Ohio.  She later transferred her membership to the Mt. Gilead Church of Christ, Mt. Gilead, Ohio.  She also attended the Church of God, Shelby, Ohio and the First Baptist Church, Manchester, Tennessee.

Velma was preceded in death by: her husband, William Searl “Bill” Miller on December 28, 1996; an infant daughter, Linda Jean Miller on March 28, 1944; a son, Searl E. Miller on January 30, 2009; a daughter-in-law, Sue E. (James) Miller on November 11, 2011; an infant great grandson, Jackson “Jack” Moyer on November 21, 2015; and three sisters and their spouses: Helen Fetters (Samuel) Berry; Mildred Fetters (William) Baker; and Lilly Fetters (Kenneth) Chappell.

She is survived by her remaining children and their spouses: Daniel W. (Darlene) Miller of Galion, Ohio; Annetta F. (Durkin) Milliron of Manchester, Tennessee; Noretta F. (George) Harding of Trussville, Alabama: 11 grandchildren;  24 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.  She also leaves behind many other family and friends.

Friends and family are welcome to pay their respect to the family of Velma E. Miller on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 North Main Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio.  Service will be Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10 AM at the funeral home, with Pastor Doug Bryan officiating.  She will be interred beside her husband at Bryan Zion Cemetery, Mt. Gilead, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers (she wanted them when she was alive), Memorial expressions may be made in her name to the Mt. Gilead Church of Christ, Mt. Gilead, Ohio or to Alzheimer Research.

The Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Gilead is honored to be serving the Miller family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Sympathy to all the family. May God carry you through the tough roads ahead. Velma was one of the nicest people and her sense of humor kept every one laughing. She will be missed.

  • My deepest sympathy goes to Velma’s family. I loved her sense of humor, her smile and her love of books. She was a special person. Rest in God’s arms, Velma.

  • Dan, Darlene, and family,
    Deepest sympathy for your loss. She always had a sense of humor and love of family.

    Bob & Sue Smith and families

  • Nora, your Mom certainly fought a good fight, but she is now pain free. I know the last few years have been hard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

    Kathy and Jerry Spenney
    Hoover, AL

  • Nora, George, Erik, Rachel, and the rest of your family,
    I send my deepest sympathies for your loss. It’s always hard to lose a loved one, especially a mother. Keep the wonderful memories of your mother close to your heart. Peace be with you.

    Jim Harding
    Mt. Juliet, TN

  • May God comfort you at this time of sorrow! Hers is a name I knew all my life. My mother,
    Violet Ganson, and your mother were friends when we were growing up. She was a sweet lady! Glad you were able to keep her so long!

  • Dan, Darlene and family,
    Sincere sympathy to you all at Velma’s passing. What a full life she lead! Prayers of comfort being sent your way.
    Mary Jane Patterson

  • How richly blessed I feel to have known Velma! She was a woman I loved and admired for her strength, grace and unending faith. She lives on in the hearts she touch – that’s a legacy worth striving for. God bless and comfort all of you in your time of sorrow.