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The Settegast-Kopf Company @ Sugar Creek

15015 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX

OBITUARY

Janice T Miller

December 3, 1946November 5, 2019
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On Tuesday, November 5th, Janice T. Miller, passed away at the age of 72. Janice was born on December 3, 1946 in Shreveport , LA. She firmly believed you should work as if everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends on God. This ethic showed through as she pursued her ambitions, including opening and running a business with her husband and later fulfilling her lifelong dream of raising quarter horses. Janice had a passion for photography and travel. She travelled extensively; including Hawaii, Alaska, South Africa, and Mexico, often capturing nature photos along the way. She took her last cruise just months prior to passing. Janice was the second of nine siblings, four of whom have preceded her into the arms of God. She is survived by her husband John of 35 years, two sons James and Joe, sisters Linda, Terry and Dianne, brother Tommy, 5 grandkids and 11 great-grandkids.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 9, 2019

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Biography

Janice Trinkle Miller
Janice was born in Shreveport LA on December 3, 1946, and lost her fight with heart disease on November 5, 2019. Janice was the second of nine siblings, four of whom have preceded her into the arms of God. She is survived by her elder sister Linda, younger sisters Terry and Dianne and her only surviving brother, Tommy.
She leaves behind two sons, James and Joe, 5 grandkids and 11 great-grandkids. She also leaves behind John, her husband, and partner for 35 years.
Janice never learned to give up. As a child bride of 17, married to a less than ideal mate, she soon found herself as an 18-year-old single mother. Determined to take care of herself and her new son she worked as a waitress and short-order cook. The image of being an old woman with sore feet still waiting tables drove her to return to school and get her GED. She continued her education at Manny College, learning office skills and bookkeeping.
Louisiana had little to offer a single mom, so Janice packed up and moved to Baytown TX where she joined her sister Patsy. Often working 2 jobs and sometimes 3, she managed to hold her little family together. As will happen, along came a sweet-talking man who left her with a lot of promises and another son. With some help from her older sister, Linda, Janice managed to regroup and move on with life.
She found a job using her bookkeeping skills with an electrical company and her boss there encouraged her to consider more education. Janice enrolled in Lee College for an accounting degree. When the opportunity to work in a chemical plant as an auditor came along she jumped at it because it allowed her to support her family on just one job. A few years later she became one of the few female plant operators.
She met John at a beach party in Surfside and from the first they were inseparable. Nine months after their first meeting they went into business together. Jan’s business philosophy was, “Work as if everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends on God.” Together they had a balance of hardheadedness, ambition, ethics, and compassion that made the venture a success.
Over the years the couple traveled. They made it to Hawaii, Alaska, South Africa, and Mexico and would often take long road trips with no real destination in mind until they got there.
Janice retired in 1998 to live her dream of raising horses. She bought 50 acres, sold 10 of it to pay it all off and proceeded to breed Quarter Horses. They built their home on that property in Beasley and moved there full time in 1999.
As Jan’s health began to deteriorate, she had to give up the horse business, but continued to travel, taking her last cruise only a couple of months before her passing.
Janice leaves behind many who loved her, who was helped by her or who were inspired by her unwavering determination.
She will be missed as she now goes on to help God organize heaven.