Juanita E. MILLER

February 26, 1915 ~ June 29, 2007

Mrs. Juanita Estella 'Pippin' Miller passed away Friday afternoon, June 29, 2007, at the Baylor All Saints Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas, at the age of 92 years, 4 months & 3 days. Juanita was born at Saco, in Valley County, Montana, on Feb. 26, 1915, & was the daughter of Calvin Henry Pippin & Estella O. 'Mason' Pippin.

Also preceding-in-death were: her husband, Berl J. Miller (Nov. 16, 1990); 1 Sister: Maybelle Pippin Miller & 3 Brothers: Fred Pippin; Lester Pippin & Clarence Pippin.

Juanita was married to Berl J. Miller on June 29, 1935. From 1941-1977, Juanita & Berl co-owned & co-managed the Miller Funeral Home, Inc., in Farmington (predecessor to Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.). Juanita was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church of Farmington & was very actively involved in the community.

Survivors Include: 2 Daughters: Barbara Ann Hall & son-in-law, Bennett Hall, of Flowery Branch, GA; Anita Carol Jones & son-in-law, Bud Jones, of Granbury, TX. 4 Grandchildren: Barbara Elizabeth Ambrose, of Buford, GA; Mr & Mrs Jeffrey Shoemake, of Lewisville, TX; Jay Shoemake, of Wylie, TX & Robert Hughes, of Flowery Branch, GA. 6 Great-Grandchildren: Natalie Shoemake, of Waxahachie, TX; Matthew Shoemake, of Ft Worth, TX; Autumn Hughes, of Buford, GA; Eden Ambrose, of Buford, GA; Nicole Hughes, of Buford, GA & Jacob Shoemake, of Lewisville, TX. Also, numerous Nieces & Nephews.

Visitation: Thursday, 4-7 pm. Visitation resumes Friday @ 7 am

Funeral Services: Friday, 10:00 a.m., July 6th

at: TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, with Dr. Rick Broadway officiating.

Interment at Hillview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Farmington

Memorials may be made to: * The American Cancer Society

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  1. Dear Barbara and Carol, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, it is the final passing of their generation. Juanita was a wonderful Aunt, and I regret that we can't be there. Love, Howard and Carol

  2. NaNa we will miss you greatly! Thank you for all the support you gave me and the girls. I hope you are with Grandpa again, and smiling down on us.

  3. I have wonderful memories of Juanita though my childhood, all the sleepovers, the trips shopping in St. louis and her wonderful brownies,tea rings and rolls. What I appreciated most was the friendship of our mothers, Mom loved her dearly. I am so sorry I couldn't be there, but we send our sympathy, Love, Alice and Keith

  4. Barbara and Carole. . .and your children I apologize for NOT attending the funeral services this a.m. for your mother/grandmother. I had unexpected company this morning from out of state. . .my nephew. I was planning on attending, not only for me but for Clarabelle. She wanted to but said she was "too close to Juanita" and did not want to. I had such a wonderful visit with Jeff and Jay! What fine young men you ARE! Juanita left GREAT legacies! As I told all yesterday, whenever I think of Juanita, I immediately see a smile on her face. She was always smiling. She was such a pleasant person and I am so fortunate that God allowed me to know her. . .and her family. As I told your grandsons yesterday, you two, Barbara and Carole, were very good little girls. I used to babysit you two when the regular sitter could not. I know that all of you will miss her very much but. . .what wonderful memories you will remember. You are extremely fortunately. The following is something I read some time ago and have kept it to give to people who "deserve" it! We are the rememberers, the people left behind to keep the one who's gone from us Alice in heart and mind, the people left to cherish and preserve a legacy…. Yes, we are the rememberers, And we always will be.

  5. I would just like to say my condolences to the family of Grandma Miller. I have had the privilege to have known a wonderful woman whom I consider family. Juanita was a very generous and gracious person and loved her family dearly. She has made an imprint in my heart and I will miss her very much. Until we meet again in the heavenly place. Love Anita

  6. For all of the Wonderful memories which are cherished and will remain with me in my heart, I bid you farewell for only a short time. For the love and Saving Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will soon reunite us together again. It has truly been a privelege and honor to have been blessed with such a loving Grandmother and Grandparents. An expression of Joy is with you as you return home. Until we meet again… Your grandson, Jay

  7. Shortly after moving to Farmington in 1970, we became members of Memorial Methodist Church. Juanita was one of those "welcoming" members who helped us become comfortable in our new community. When our son was born, a Circle meeting was scheduled at her home. I tried to decline attending, since I had this two-week-old baby and no babysitter. Juanita insisted that I come and "Bring the baby!". Needless to say, I haven't the foggiest recollection of the meeting, but I DO remember that every single one of the ladies took a turn sitting in a front room and rocking Michael. That's just a little anecdote, but it represents a big and loving spirit. Juanita made this world a little better. Her family and community have been blessed.

  8. Last week I was cleaning out old files and ran across a note with Berl and Juanita's Farmington address. I Googled their names plus Farmington to see what popped up.

    I found the website for their funeral home which is now Taylor Funeral Service and reached out to the current owners who pointed me to Juanita's obituary.

    Berl was my great uncle, his sister Opel was my great grandmother. Whenever Berl and Juanita would visit Kansas City (they'd stay at my aunt Margreet's house) which was always a big deal. Both Berl and Juanita were wonderful people and we always looked forward to their visits. I don't know how Berl was at home but around us kids he was always the "trouble maker" and Juanita had to reel him in. If I remember correctly they would drive their Cadillac up from Farmington. We were always in awe of their cars. I also know my grandma and aunt were very proud of how successful they were in their business and community.

    I've met Barb and Carole a couple times but it's been many years ago. I was probably 8-10 years old. I'll be 55 this year.

    I want to extend my prayers and thoughts to your side of the family. My sense is the Berl and Juanita made a difference and we were lucky to have them as family and role models.


    John C. Martin

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