Donnie Jean (Martin) Miller, 72, of Russell, Kansas passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.
Donnie was born December 9, 1942 in Augusta, Kansas, the daughter of Troy H. and Mary A. (Newman) Martin. They lived in Lyons, Kansas until Donnie was in the 5th grade and they moved to Russell. Then her freshman year they moved out to Fairport, Kansas. She graduated from Paradise High School.
Donnie was united in marriage to Duane Miller on June 11, 1960 in Russell, Kansas. This union was blessed with three children; David, Dru and Micah. They made their home in Topeka, Kansas for thirteen years before moving to Arkansas City, Kansas. Then they moved to Owosso, Michigan where they lived for three years before moving to Opelousas, Louisiana. Then in 2002 they returned to Russell.
Donnie worked for Security Benefit of Topeka and an Administrative Assistant, then worked for Allied Insurance Co. in Arkansas City as a licensed agent. She was a Department Manager for Flint Michigan Insurance Co. in Michigan. When living in Louisiana, she worked for Opelousas Family Clinic and worked at the Acadiana Preparatory School to be closer to her children who attended the school. She then worked for the Russell Regional Hospital as a switchboard operator for many years before retiring in 2010. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who put her family first. She also enjoyed fishing, boating, and raising and training show dog Collies.
Surviving family include her husband of 54 years, Duane of the home; son, Dru Miller (Jenna) of Gorham, Kansas; daughter, Micah Becker (Ryan) of Milberger, Kansas; brother, Terry Martin of Cartwright, Oklahoma; and nine grandchildren, Conner, Christian, Janessa, Riley, Malachi, Reagan, Elijah, Matthias and Jenson. She was preceded in death by her parents and son David Miller.
Celebration of Donnie’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 23, 2015 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Dennis Finch officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday at Fairport Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 AM to 8 PM Thursday, January 22, 2014 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, with the family present to greet friends from 6 PM to 7 PM. A Memorial has been established with Russell Regional Hospital. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.