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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Obituary: Delores miller, 83, of East Peoria

  • EAST PEORIA — Delores M. Miller, 83 of East Peoria, died at 3:42 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria.
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  • EAST PEORIA — Delores M. Miller, 83 of East Peoria, died at 3:42 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria.  
    Born Feb. 14, 1929, in Peoria, to Howard D.C. and Helen Gilbert Downey, she married Orville Miller on June 19, 1965, in Bartonville.
    He survives.
    Also surviving are two sons and two daughters, Howard (Harriett) Anderson of Oklahoma City, Okla., Mark Anderson of East Peoria, Alexa Anderson (Mike Moynier) of San Diego, Calif., and Rebekah (Lynn) Mayfield of Houston, Texas; and four grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her first husband, the Reverend John Thomas Anderson and brother Aaron Downey.
    She graduated from Dunlap High School in 1946. She then graduated from Western University in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in education.
    She served on the Presbyterian mission field in Towaoc, Colo., with her husband John until his death in 1958.
    Returning to Illinois she taught regular and special education classes at several area elementary schools including Germantown Hills, Lincoln, John Hensey, and Beverly Manor.  
    She also volunteered at Proctor Hospital for 15 years and was a member of the Peoria Philharmonic Choral.  
    She was a member of the Peoria Grace Bible Church and the Morton Whirl-A-Ways square dancing group.
    Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service celebrating her life will take place at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at The Rock Church, 1081 Upper Spring Bay Road, East Peoria.
    Visitation will take place one-half hour prior to service at the church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory of East Peoria.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Operation Grace World Missions, PO Box 19508, Houston, TX 77224.

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