Gene F. Miller

March 8, 1931December 1, 2018

Springfield, IL - Gene F. Miller, 87, of Springfield, passed away at 12:05 am Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Memorial Hospice at Heritage in Springfield.

She was born in Springfield, March 8, 1931 the daughter of Aaron J. and Erma F. (Reed) Pelham. She married Kenneth R. Miller in Springfield, Nov. 3, 1950, at West Side Christian Church. Preceding her in death were her parents and an older brother, David Pelham.

Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Kenneth; her children: David (Hilda) Miller, Stephen Miller, and Lisa (Alan) Stickel; two grandchildren: Matthew and Brooke Stickel, all of Springfield; her brother, Lee Pelham of Bradenton, FL; two sisters, Ruth Ann Ballinger of Cheyenne, WY and Lois (Bob) Wolters of Normal, IL. There are several nieces, nephews and a cousin.

Gene was an active and devoted member of West Side Christian Church. She was a member of the TNT Sunday School Class and Charlie’s Angels. She was an avid reader, enjoyed working crossword puzzles, and playing games. Gene found great joy in volunteering alongside her husband at Lewis Memorial Christian Village and at Vacation Bible School at West Side.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 15th, 2018 in Centennial Hall at West Side Christian Church at 11:00 am. Pastors Gary Winkleman and Cindy Lash will officiate. Private inurnment will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to West Side Christian Church 2850 Cider Mill Ln, Springfield, IL 62702.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424.


  • Aaron J. Pelham, Father
  • Erma F. Pelham, Mother
  • Kenneth R. Miller, Husband
  • David (Hilda) Miller, Son
  • Stephen Miller, Son
  • Lisa (Alan) Stickel, Daughter
  • Lee Pelham, Brother
  • David Pelham, Brother
  • Ruth Ann Ballinger, Sister
  • Lois (Bob) Wolters, Sister
  • Matthew Stickel, Grandson
  • Brooke Stickel, Granddaughter
  • There are several nieces and nephews and a cousin.

  • West Side Christain Church


  • Celebration Of Life Service Saturday, December 15, 2018

Gene F. Miller

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Bill and Ardith Wylie

December 15, 2018

We remember how excited we were the first time we sat at a meal with both of you at Brenden Gardens and discovered you were from Mesa, AZ. also. We shared some good memories of our times there.
And then we were so happy when you began attending our little church services on Sunday afternoons. Your faithfulness was a real encouragement to all of us.
And then there is your precious Granddaughter, Brooke. We enjoyed her pleasant smile as she served many meals, and also enjoyed hearing about her process of choosing a college where she could excel in her math skills.
You will be missed, dear Gene.
But we know you are safe in the arms of Jesus.
Sincerely, Bill and Ardith Wylie

Pamela Ushman Kearney

December 11, 2018

I will always have fond memories of living across the street on Douglas. Lisa, your mom and dad were always so kind and welcomed me on many family vacations. Branson, Missouri was one of my favorites with the shamrock pool and I remember stopping to get Gene's favorite pecan roll at the truck stop on our way! Your mom was always so giving and graceful.
We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers this Christmas season! Love to you all!
Your "Douglas" neighbors
The Ushman and Kearney family