Phyllis J. Miller (1949-2013)

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Phyllis J. Miller, 63, of Fayette, died Friday afternoon, January 18, 2013, at Toledo Hospital following a battle with colon cancer. She was born March 16, 1949, in Hudson, MI, to the late Franklin and Betty (Schoonover) Grant. Phyllis married Howard Lee “Howie” Miller on April 24, 1970, in Fayette, and he preceded her in death on December 27, 2011.

Phyllis lived her early life in the Morenci area and was a graduate of Chesterfield High School. Phyllis was primarily a homemaker while she raised her young girls, but later was employed at Fayette Tubular Products and Plastech in Wauseon, working until both factories closed. Her family remembers her enjoyment of playing cards, gambling, gardening, and keeping tabs on her neighbors.

Surviving Phyllis are her two daughters, Jody Jennings of Fayette, and Shannon (Lloyd) Salmons of Romulus, MI; a sister, Nancy (Danny) Hammack of Adrian, MI; three grandchildren, Austin, Lauren, and Hailey; and her beloved canine companions at home, Jake and Tinker.

A funeral service for Phyllis Miller will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette with Pastor Kathy Currier officiating. Interment will follow at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. The family will receive friends for a visitation on Monday afternoon, from 4-8 p.m.

In addition to her parents and husband, Howie, she was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Grant.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorial donations in Phyllis’s honor to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Friends can send condolences to Phyllis’s family online at

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