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Nancy M. Miller
November 24, 1939 - January 31, 2019
Nancy Mars Miller was born on November 24, 1939, in Reading, Pennsylvania, and passed away peacefully on January 31, 2019, at Pathways Assisted Living and Memory Care in Goodyear. A graduate of George Washington High School in Washington D.C., Nancy pursued her deep love of English and music at Northwestern Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. She began her 32-year teaching career in Virginia where she met and married her beloved husband, Paul Wayne Miller in 1963. After his death in 1971, Nancy moved with their daughter to Show Low to be near her parents. She spent the rest of her teaching career at Show Low High School, retiring in 1997. She touched many lives and influenced many students, and challenged those around her to meet high, but achievable, standards. One of her greatest hopes was her students would believe in their abilities and find their passion. She never lost her love of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth, or Mozart, Beethoven, or Handel. Two of the highlights of her many travels were visiting Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, and sitting on Wordsworth's bench, which of course was off limits. She cherished the beauty and power of both music and literature to drive the imagination and dreams, both hers and others', to experience new things, take new adventures, and dream bigger. Throughout her life her faith in God and His teachings were ever present as well. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Miller (1971), and her parents, Rolland (1997) and Eleanor (1999) Mars. She is survived by her daughter, Amy Eleanor Miller of Buckeye. Funeral arrangements were handled by Buckeye Funeral Home in Buckeye, and no formal memorial is planned at this time
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Feb 11, 2019
Amy, Your mother instilled in me a love of literature for which I am eternally thankful. We read Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Coleridge and others in her class. Writers whom I continue to turn to for the knowledge that endures. She challenged us to seek for the best. I am lucky to have had her as my English teacher. Andrew Petersen SLHS 1985
Feb 05, 2019