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Karen Marie (Orr) Miller

July 10, 1943 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Karen Miller Obituary

Karen Marie Orr Miller passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at the age of 80 at her residence at the end of a three-year battle with cancer. Karen was born in Pekin, Illinois on July 10, 1943 to the late Donald Wiley Orr and Florence Louise Nix Orr. In 1965 Karen received a B.A. in Sociology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and married Dallas Howard Miller on June 26, 1965 in Bluffton, IN.  She was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, lifelong homemaker, school and church volunteer who also found time for several part-time jobs. She adored children, so her time as a Special Education school bus driver in Cobb County, GA brought her immense joy, as did her volunteer roles of teaching 4th grade Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and ESL classes. 

While living in Georgia, Karen has been an active member of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, First Baptist Church in Ellijay, and Grace Fellowship in Greensboro.  She has been an active participant in Community Bible Study since 2020.  She was a wonderful organizer and master list-maker.  Playing cards, working jigsaw puzzles, baking, cooking, and reading were her favorite past-times.  She enjoyed playing the piano and singing hymns with harmonies in her beautiful alto voice.  She was known for being a loyal friend and encourager, sharing her gift of hospitality, and writing heartfelt letters to family and friends in need.  She freely shared the Good News of Jesus with everyone she met.

During their 58 years of marriage, Dallas and Karen lived in Newburgh, IN for nine years (1966-1975), Marietta, GA for thirty-three years (1975-2008), and Ellijay, GA for eleven years (2008-2019). They eventually moved to Greensboro, GA where they have remained for the last four years (2019-2024).

Survivors include her husband, Dallas Howard Miller; sons, Michael Miller (Leslie) of Rock Hill, SC and Mark Miller (Heather) of Albany, GA; daughter, Diana Mack (David) of Atlanta, GA; brother, Glenn Orr of Wilmington, OH; grandchildren, Zachary Miller (Nicole) of Erie, CO, Joanna Miller and Emily Miller of Rock Hill, SC, Ashley Mack and Christina Mack of Alpharetta, GA, Jackson Miller of Atlanta, GA, Garrett Miller, Daniel Miller and Caleb Miller of Albany, GA; and sister-in-law Susan Orr of Indianapolis, IN.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Orr.

A private ceremony will be held at the family’s home.  Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Gathering / Celebration of Life to be held Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Grace Fellowship, 1971 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Samaritans Purse (Samaritanspurse.org) or Cancer Support Services Daksha Chudger Lydia House, 1369 Interstate Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909 (cancersupportservices.org). McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA 30642, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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