Betty Jane Miller, age 91, died in her sleep on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Betty was born October 8th, 1928 in Buffalo, New York. She was adopted by Clarence and Fleda Dockter at birth and was raised in Buffalo until age 13, when she moved across the country to Los Angeles, California. Betty graduated from Glendale high school in 1946. In 1952, Betty and a few close friends decided to embark on a new adventure and moved to The Dalles, Oregon where she found a job with the phone company.
Soon after, she met a tall, handsome young teacher by the name of Allen Miller, and they were married in 1954. Betty was a long-time member of Gateway Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and served in various leadership positions. She loved God and lived out her Christian faith through her kindness and willingness to serve others. Betty had bright eyes, a beautiful smile and a special way of connecting with people. Whether welcoming people into her home or volunteering with local organizations in town, she was always loving and caring for others. Betty was passionate about music and the arts. She was well-known locally for her beautiful voice and was often asked to sing at weddings, funerals and events. She also enjoyed singing and performing in local theater productions such as Oklahoma and Brigadoon.
Betty is survived by her children Glenn (Linda) Miller of Parkdale, OR, Kristie (John) Jacobs of Seattle, WA, Tracy (Carol) Miller of McMinnville, OR, and Garth (Claire) Miller of The Dalles, OR. She was the loving grandmother of Joel, Taylor, Amanda, Hannah, Amy, Megan, Marie, Audrey, John, Cory and Jenna. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Allen H. Miller.
Her family would like to give a special thanks to all her caregivers at the Oregon Veterans’ Home who provided wonderful care and support in the last five years of her life.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00PM Saturday August 22, 2020 at Upper Valley Cemetery (6917 Allen Road Parkdale, OR 97041). A reception will follow at 3:30PM at Anderson’s Tribute Center (1401 Belmont Ave. Hood River, OR 97031). Due to the pandemic, all in attendance must wear a mask or face covering and are asked to practice social distancing. For those unable to attend, the service will be recorded and then posted on Anderson’s Facebook page.
If you wish to provide a gift in Betty’s memory, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests Gateway Church, Jonah Ministries or the Oregon Veteran’s Home, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.