Marie Helen Miller, 95 years of age of Durham, North Carolina died on February 17, 2012 in her daughters’ home on Club Boulevard. She was born on September 25th 1916 in Blackwell, OK to Karl G. Janke and Anna Rohr Janke. The family moved to Sturgis MI and later to a farm outside Howe, IN during the Great Depression where she helped with gardening, collecting eggs from large chicken coops and making clothes for the family. She also enjoyed and developed skills in baking and cooking, home remodeling, curtain making, re-upholstering and decorating.
Marie married Edwin Frederick Jones on January 21st, 1939. Theirs was a beautiful relationship that lasted until Edwin departed this life on December 3rd, 1959. In later years she married Rollin Jay Miller who has also preceded her in death.
Marie was one of seven children. Preceeding her in death were her sisters, Florence Knapp, Emily Kirkpatrick, Henny Beckwith, Louise Ludwig and brother Karl Janke. At the time of her passing she believed that her younger brother Earl was still living in or around Three Rivers, MI.
Marie is survived by daughter Cheryl Jones Shiflett in Durham NC, daughter Kay Dianne Wierda of Lamont MI and son Ricky Lee Jones of Burr Oak, MI. In addition, Marie is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be offered 1:00pm Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from Calvary United Methodist Church, 304 E. Trinity Avenue Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions in Marie’s name may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 304 E. Trinity Avenue Durham, NC 27701.
The Miller family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials: www.hallwynne.com Select obituaries.