Carol Jean MILLER
January 26, 1938 – May 24, 2019
Carol Jean Miller, a resident of the Hearth in Franklin, TN, went home to be with her Lord at 12:34 AM on Friday, May 24, 2019, after bravely battling cancer for 7 years.
Carol Jean, known by her family and friends as Jeannie or Jean (also known as Gma, Grammy, Jean-Jean), was born January 26, 1938 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Dr. Arthur and Katherine Wright. She and her younger brother George Wright grew up in Terre Haute. Jean attended Thorton Primary school, Garfield High School, and Indiana State University School of Nursing, before eventually completing her BA at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Growing up she was very active in theater. She was a life-time volunteer, serving with numerous organizations; Tri-Kappa, Inc., Director of Crawford County Water Safety in Robinson, IL, St. Peters Hospital Aux and Capital HS in Olympia, WA, Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Denver, CO, as a member of Chi Omega sorority, Bradenton Ecological Society, the Tara Golf Club members in Bradenton, FL.
On June 1, 1957 she married her sweetheart, George E. Miller of Terre Haute, IN. Starting in Terre Haute, they also made a home in Robinson, IL, Olympia, WA, Westminster, CO, Bradenton, FL, until her final move to the Hearth in Franklin, TN.
She loved knitting, Mexican train, bridge, golf, traveling, exercising, family events, theater, music, going out to eat, beach sunsets (especially in Cancun), her car, Frank Sinatra, Minnesota State Fair, Katina concerts, getting her nails done, and working word jumbles. She was a member of the Methodist church, but for the past year has attended Church of the City Chapel. But her greatest love, her pride and joy, was her family; her four children, twenty-four grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchildren. Appropriately, she spent her last day, this side of heaven, surrounded by her four kids, many of her grandchildren, other family and friends, as well as her grandchildren unable to be present checking in via Facetime all day long.
Jeannie is survived by her daughter Kelli (David) Pritchard, son George (Robin) Miller, son Mike (Ann) Miller, daughter Kathi (Sam) Katina, grandchildren Alyse (Jason) Nikolao, Krista (Karsten) Olson, Tavita (Caroline) Pritchard, Jordan Pritchard, Tana (Sami) Pritchard, Danielle (Jonathan) Alexander, Keila Pritchard, Sina Pritchard, Malia Prithard, Timo Pritchard, and Dejen Pritchard. Amye (Nate) Skuza, Travis (Leslie) Ellingson, Geo (Krystle) Miller, and Taylor Miller. Drew (Abby) Miller, Josh Miller, Nicole Miller, Maggie Miller, and Michael Miller. Shana (Trico) Samuel, Katelyn Katina, Kallie Katina, and Kortney Katina.
Her great grandchildren are Justus, Amaya and Bo Nikolao - Kelliana, Kanyn and Knut Olson - Afi and Manu Pritchard, Payton & Jeremiah Alexander - Eddie and Kinsley Miller - Keegan, Kira, Karina, and Kendrick Skuza - Conner, Cruz, and Carlee Ellingson - TJ, Cam, Caleb, Kayliana, and Prince Samuel. She leaves an incredible legacy of love of God, love of family and love of people. It’s been said, she never met a stranger, she’s an umpire’s worst nightmare when her kids are playing, she loved talking about her family, loved singing to her grandkids, was generous with her time and resources, and she loved to teach others (especially her grandchildren) how to knit. In her last year of life she attended her grandson’s graduation from West Point, her grandson’s wedding, and spent a month in Cancun. She leaves a big hole and will be deeply missed by all.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to alivehospice.org. Donations can be made online or by sending a check to Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203 (615)327-1085.
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