Mary L. Miller


July 21, 1942 – Nov. 30, 2017

A graveside service will be held for Mary Louise Miller at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay followed by a memorial service at 1pm at first Christian Church, 2420 Sherman Ave., in North Bend.

Mary was born July 21, 1942. She passed away Nov. 30, 2017 in Coos Bay after a lengthy illness.

Mary was the fourth child born to Harold and Pearl (Southers) Brice, in Iconium, Mo. The family moved to Oregon in the late 1940s, settling in the Coos Bay-North Bend area. As a young child she had polio and was in the children’s hospital in Kansas City, Mo. That was the era that the family of polio patients were quarantined for a period of time.

Mary attended Marshfield High School, married Aaron Fuller, they made their home in Florence, Ore., before settling in North Bend. Three children were born to this union. They later divorced and Mary returned to school attending Southwestern Oregon Community College to become a legal secretary. She then married Donald Miller and lived for a while, in Texas where she worked for a district attorney. Mary and Donald enjoyed many years of traveling, square dancing, and playing card and board games, until Donald died in 2007.

She was baptized at the Coquille Community Christian Church accepting Jesus as her savior.

She was a member of Bay Area Unit 34, American Legion Auxiliary joining in 1998.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Pearl Brice; their infant son, Bobbie Jack; Mary’s infant son, Aaron; and spouse Donald Miller.

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She is survived by her son, Ward Fuller daughter, Marci Ponto; grandson, David, Brandon, Justin and Jamie; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Leona Barnett of Salem, Ore., Rebecca Fields, Coos Bay Ore., Judith Critchfield, Kansas City, Mo., and Ramona Rohrs, of Milington, Tenn; brother, Harold Brice Jr. of Coquille; and many nieces and nephews.

The family thanks the staff of Bayside Terrace Memory Care for the loving care she received.

Contributions in her memory may be sent to one of her favorite charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to a charity of your choice.

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