Lupe R. Miller


Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2006


  Lupe R. Miller

Lupe R. Miller

Soldotna resident Lupe R. Miller died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 56.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Church of Christ at Mile 91.7 Sterling Highway. Evangelist Tony Cloud will officiate. Burial will follow at the Kenai City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mary Gough, Jim Childers, Rudy Villegas, Andy Villegas, Don Schraeder and B.J. Elder.

Mrs. Miller was born Dec. 12, 1949 in Deming, N.M. She grew up in Albuquerque, N.M. and later moved to Whidbey Island, Wash.

She married John Miller in 1974 in Albuquerque. She moved from Washington to California numerous times. They moved to Soldotna in 1998 and Mrs. Miller worked for the Women’s Resource and Crisis Center as a counselor, and then began working for Tim’s Janitorial Service in 2000. She continued working for the janitorial service, where she became manager.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Church of Christ. She also was a member of the East Kern County Hispanic Advisory Council, where she received numerous community service awards. She was involved in many other organizations and received community service awards throughout her life.

She enjoyed running and spending time with her grandchildren, especially shopping with them and gardening.

“Lupe was one of those people who would light up a room just by walking into it. She was loving, caring and was beautiful inside and out, yet firm and tenacious in her beliefs. She would go out of her way to help anyone, and stand up to anything or anyone she felt was wrong. This made her our family’s pillar, mentor and foundation,” her family said.

“To say a void is left by losing her is a tremendous understatement. She was one of the hardest workers anyone could ever ask for. Any community she became a part of was influenced in a positive way simply by her ability to help and counsel, but more importantly her willingness to do so. She was so giving, strong and independent, that she was always thinking of others before herself. Anyone who met her was family, whether they wanted to be or not. She was the person that everyone turned to for answers. She will be greatly missed by anyone and everyone.”

Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her father, Jose Villegas; and a brother, Ernest Villegas.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, John S. Miller of Soldotna; mother, Nati Villegas of Kenai; son, Jim Childers and his wife, Nicole, of Soldotna; daughters, Julie Holdman and her husband, Tommy, of Las Vegas, and Mary Gough and her companion, Nikki, of Soldotna; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe P. and Sherry Villegas of Rio Rancho, N.M., Rudy and Jackie Villegas of Kenai, and Andy and Janice Villegas of Kenai; sisters and brothers-in-law, Tree and Tim Breen of Las Vegas, Yolanda and Don Schraeder of Kenai, Sylvia and Don Adams of Albuquerque, Rosie and Ray Pence of Ohio, and Elisa and Tom Kane of Albuquerque; 14 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family prefers memorial donations be sent in Mrs. Miller’s name to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Ste. 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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