OBITUARY

Dr. Sharee Sanders Miller

31 May , 195211 May , 2019
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Dr. Sharee Sanders Miller, 66, passed over into heaven on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at her home after a lengthy and valiant battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and finally leukemia. Her trademark smile that was a gift she freely gave to everyone she met throughout her entire life will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Sharee loved learning and teaching. She graduated in the 1970 class of Brainerd High School, earning her education degree from UT-Chattanooga, and her Master of Education degree and Doctorate of Education degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. She was the co-founder and Director of Education of The Honors Learning Center, the first learning center in Tennessee to receive CITA and SACS state accreditation. Sharee played a primary role in the academic success of thousands of tri-state students. Sharee taught grades 1-6, primarily in inner-city schools, in the Chattanooga City and Hamilton County School system for 31 years She then moved to the Dade County Georgia school system, teaching 6th grade language arts at Dade County Middle School for 13 years. As a life-long educator she was dedicated to her students and respected by her co-workers, knowing her influence in their lives made a difference. She participated in the First Leadership Fellowship cohort group of the Public Education’s Leadership Development Institute in 1999-2000. She was a Tennessee Career Ladder Level III educator. While never teaching at Howard, but teaching many students during their elementary school years, Sharee was selected by honors graduates of Howard High School to attend the Hamilton County Honors Banquet as “A Teacher Who Made A Difference”. Sharee was a member of numerous professional education associations, facilitator of many educational workshops, along with having published numerous original workbooks and books, including her dissertation: “The Impact of Best Practices and Teacher Temperament on New Teacher Success and Retention”. She was especially proud of her membership in Alpha Delta Kappa (Honorary Teachers Sorority) and her sisters who were so supportive throughout her illness. A long-time member of Christ United Methodist Church, the center of Sharee’s life was God and family. She lived with an attitude of quiet humbleness, gracious and kind to everyone she met. Her greatest joy came from the time spent at home, at the beach, or traveling anywhere with her husband, daughters, and granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Von and Alene Sanders, her brother Scott Sanders, sister-in -law, Carol Sanders, and niece Meg Sanders. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Gary Miller; daughters, Sara Cross and Rachel Miller; granddaughter, Daisy Cross; brother, Michie Sanders; step-mother, Lucille Sanders; aunt, Susie Million; sisters-in-law, Janice (Jerry) Baker, Sheila Tinsley; brother-in-law, Ron (Sandy) Miller; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks to Sharee’s caring, compassionate oncologists, Dr. Sumana Nagireddy and her staff at Erlanger Oncology and Hematology, and to Dr. Michael Savona and his staff at the Vanderbilt Hematology Clinic. Sharee’s visits to the Erlanger East Infusion Center were made so much easier thanks to its staff and Melanie Savor. The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 4 to 7pm and Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 11am until the 1pm funeral service at the East Brainerd Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. In lieu of flowers, Sharee requested that memorial contributions be made to: The Daisy Cross College Fund, c/o Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 23967, Chattanooga, TN 37422 Please share your memories of Sharee with the family at www.chattanoogaeastbrainerdchapel.com. Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, 14 May , 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, 15 May , 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, 15 May , 2019
  • Entombment Wednesday, 15 May , 2019

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Grayland Lawson

15 May 2019

What a wonderful lady! I have known Sharee for over 30 years and she was always the same with her infectious smile every time I saw her. Gary and I worked together for over 15 years and the children both Sara and Rachel both babysat my children and had the same loving attentive attitude as her parents. Although we had not seen each other for several years I will always remember feeling welcome in her home and the love she had for her family, friends and students will be missed.

Our prayers go to Gary and the girls as they deal with her loss.

Grayland

Sherman Dailey

14 May 2019

We sat in the car one day in 1981, talking about our biggest challenge, motherhood. It was harder than we thought it would be, managing career and parenting. Our first borns were very close in age and I have very vivid memories of their learning to walk by pulling up on each other during their very first Christmas, both of them dressed in red pj’s and stocking caps.

At the end of February this year, we sat over tea and had a wonderful afternoon. “How do you do it Sharee”? I asked. “You just do what you’ve got to do,” she said.

What a brave and courageous woman Sharee has been, meeting life with acceptance and such a heart of humility, love and forbearance. I told her over tea that day that I bowed down to her in complete admiration of her character and accomplishment in this life.

A truly extraordinary soul is now in complete union with the divine.

Sherman Dailey

14 May 2019

I remember Sharee as that beautiful, strong 15 year old on the girl’s volleyball team, the smart one who took the advanced academic classes, the creative one who always had a new craft project of some sort underway, the loyal one, the rock solid friend who provided the emotional support that helped me survive high school. She was my best friend.
I remember escaping the riots at our school in 1970 in her Jeep, 4 wheel driving over barricades to get out. Sharee could handle anything. I can just hear her voice saying, “Come on Moan”, which was short for Simone, my name in French class, “We can just leave,” she’d say. I hear her voice now just as clearly as I did in 1968. “Don’t worry. We can manage this.”
I remember the double dates, slumber parties, rolling yards at midnight and also rolling our hair on orange juice cans and ironing it occasionally with a regular clothes iron in attempt to look like Cher.
Girls that age can be mean sometimes. When I quit the Tri-Hi-Y club, Sharee quit with me. She was my best friend and the most loyal one I’ve ever had.
There was so much laugher...Gales of laughter. Sharee did sports, crafts, art. She worked in my dad’s store after school & still she would cook full dinners for her family when she was in high school. She was always busy, goal directed and the most enterprising person I believe I ever knew but she managed it all, steadily handling everything with wisdom and perseverance.

Dr. Lonita Davidson

13 May 2019

I had the opportunity to work with Sharee on several projects. Dr. Miller was creative, hardworking, and dependable. She was a team player and someone you always wanted on your team!

Prayers to her family and take comfort in knowing that God has another Angel! "But your Joy will come in the Morning." Cherish her memories because I know there are many!

Dr. Lonita Davidson
CPS/HCDE

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Biography

Dr. Sharee Sanders Miller, 66, passed over into heaven on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at her home after a lengthy and valiant battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and finally leukemia. Her trademark smile that was a gift she freely gave to everyone she met throughout her entire life will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Sharee loved learning and teaching. She graduated in the 1970 class of Brainerd High School, earning her education degree from UT-Chattanooga, and her Master of Education degree and Doctorate of Education degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.
She was the co-founder and Director of Education of The Honors Learning Center, the first learning center in Tennessee to receive CITA and SACS state accreditation. Sharee played a primary role in the academic success of thousands of tri-state students.
Sharee taught grades 1-6, primarily in inner-city schools, in the Chattanooga City and Hamilton County School system for 31 years She then moved to the Dade County Georgia school system, teaching 6th grade language arts at Dade County Middle School for 13 years. As a life-long educator she was dedicated to her students and respected by her co-workers, knowing her influence in their lives made a difference.
She participated in the First Leadership Fellowship cohort group of the Public Education’s Leadership Development Institute in 1999-2000. She was a Tennessee Career Ladder Level III educator. While never teaching at Howard, but teaching many students during their elementary school years, Sharee was selected by honors graduates of Howard High School to attend the Hamilton County Honors Banquet as “A Teacher Who Made A Difference”.
Sharee was a member of numerous professional education associations, facilitator of many educational workshops, along with having published numerous original workbooks and books, including her dissertation: “The Impact of Best Practices and Teacher Temperament on New Teacher Success and Retention”. She was especially proud of her membership in Alpha Delta Kappa (Honorary Teachers Sorority) and her sisters who were so supportive throughout her illness.
A long-time member of Christ United Methodist Church, the center of Sharee’s life was God and family. She lived with an attitude of quiet humbleness, gracious and kind to everyone she met. Her greatest joy came from the time spent at home, at the beach, or traveling anywhere with her husband, daughters, and granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Von and Alene Sanders, her brother Scott Sanders, sister-in -law, Carol Sanders, and niece Meg Sanders.
She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Gary Miller; daughters, Sara Cross and Rachel Miller; granddaughter, Daisy Cross; brother, Michie Sanders; step-mother, Lucille Sanders; aunt, Susie Million; sisters-in-law, Janice (Jerry) Baker, Sheila Tinsley; brother-in-law, Ron (Sandy) Miller; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Special thanks to Sharee’s caring, compassionate oncologists, Dr. Sumana Nagireddy and her staff at Erlanger Oncology and Hematology, and to Dr. Michael Savona and his staff at the Vanderbilt Hematology Clinic. Sharee’s visits to the Erlanger East Infusion Center were made so much easier thanks to its staff and Melanie Savor.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 4 to 7pm and Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 11am until the 1pm funeral service at the East Brainerd Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
In lieu of flowers, Sharee requested that memorial contributions be made to: The Daisy Cross College Fund, c/o Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 23967, Chattanooga, TN 37422
Please share your memories of Sharee with the family at www.chattanoogaeastbrainerdchapel.com.
Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.