January 29, 1945 – January 6, 2020
Claylia Jean Miller, 74, of Liberty Hill, beloved mother, wife, and friend passed away on January 6th, 2020 after a lengthy battle with respiratory illness.
Claylia was born on January 29th, 1945 in Brady, Texas to Wesley (Jake) and Mary Lucille Frost. Her school days were spent in Lohn,Texas before moving to Austin with her first-born son, Jay (Junior) Manuel in 1965. She married the love of her life, James (Jim) Dee Miller in 1971 and gave birth to their second son Mark Wesley Miller the following year. Claylia and Jim spent many years as owner/operators of Jim’s BBQ serving up amazing food in North Austin until they sold the business in 1988. In 1989, after getting educated as a drug and alcohol counselor, she began work for the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in South Austin. Her work there for the next 30 years of her life was her passion and ministry. She impacted countless lives and made lifelong friends in the recovery community. Outside of work, Claylia enjoyed spending time with her family and serving in her local church.
Claylia is preceded in death by her parents and her husband James Dee (Jim) Miller.
Claylia is survived by her son Jay (Junior) Manuel of Liberty Hill, son Mark Wesley and wife Teri Miller of Liberty Hill, stepdaughter, Susan Miller Jennings and husband Terry of Temple; stepdaughter, Earin and husband Bobby Martin of Austin; grandchildren Aaron and Micah Miller, step-grandchildren Ryan Miller, Ron Jennings, and Jennifer Jennings Klepac; as well as her precious great-grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.
Funeral services to be held Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Liberty Hill Cemetery, 16101 State Hwy. 29 West, Liberty Hill 78642, with a viewing from 10:00-11:30 AM prior to the service at Weed-Corley- Fish Funeral Home, 1200 S. Bagdad Rd, Leander, Texas 78641.
- Claylia is survived by her son Jay (Junior) Manuel of Liberty Hill, son Mark Wesley and wife Teri Miller of Liberty Hill, stepdaughter, Susan Miller Jennings and husband Terry of Temple; stepdaughter, Earin and husband Bobby Martin of Austin; grandchildren Aaron and Micah Miller, step-grandchildren Ryan Miller, Ron Jennings, and Jennifer Jennings Klepac; as well as her precious great-grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.
- Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
- Graveside Service Friday, January 10, 2020
January 9, 2020
I have been trying to really put into words Claylia and her beautiful life. One of the most amazing things about her was her humble heart. I knew her several years before I had any idea of the work that she did every day! She did not seem to mind that few people were aware of the magnitude of her ministry to God’s lost and often forgotten. Her days were marked by faithfulness and obedience to God. We know that God remembers every thing, large and small, and will reward her openly!
I will forever be thankful for the privilege of our paths crossing in this life.
May God continue to bring fruit and bless the seeds Claylia has planted. I am grateful for the legacy that lives on in the Miller family.
Praying and believing that the God of comfort will bring His beautiful peace to every broken heart.
I love you all!
January 9, 2020
Claylia was such a beautiful woman of God and was very dear to my heart. With my own mom living far away, Claylia became like a second mother to me, especially when I was going through a very difficult season of my life several years ago. I fondly remember all the Saturday lunches I enjoyed with her and the rest of the Miller family during that time, as she embraced me as her own. And when my mom wasn’t able to to make it to Tina’s and my wedding due to health issues, Claylia stood in for my mom at the wedding...and it meant the world to me! I loved her dearly and will miss her greatly. So glad to know she is enjoying the fullness of life with Christ in heaven now!
January 9, 2020
Claylia holds a special place in my heart. She was a true friend, a gentle soul, a loving spirit, and a strong woman. Her strength healed many lives, and the loss is felt deeply.
This wonderful lady taught me so much about our new home in Texas when we moved here in 2006. She took us to our first Texas BBQ and shared plants for my garden. Always the helper and counselor, she also reached out when we had a crisis with a family member. She was always there for everyone.
We shared laughter, tears, dinners, and coffee, as couples and neighbors. We also leaned on each other in those moments one can only share when there is total trust between two friends.