Norma Jean Miller

10/06/1935 — 04/29/2002

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma

Norma Jean Miller

N. Jean Miller, age 66, passed away April 29th at Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, Washington. A woman of strong faith, she is now free of her earthly toils and resting comfortably in the home of her Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ.

A resident of Richland, Washington for approximately 55 years, Jean was born to Eula and Homer Pittman, Jr. in Muskogee, Oklahoma on October 6, 1935. Homer moved to Richland in 1943 to join the work force on the Manhattan Project. The family followed him in 1944 and, like so many people from all over the country who came to find work at Hanford, settled in the area permanently. Jean graduated from Richland’s Columbia High School in 1958.

She married Ronald W. Miller of Grandview, Washington, and together they had three daughters. After moving back east briefly for Ron’s work, they eventually returned to Richland, where they raised their family.

Jean was an extremely talented and crafty individual, whose creative designs delighted many who knew her. She owned Unique Floral in Richland before serving as a property manager; rental manager at Northwest Rentals; and as a meal coordinator for the Senior Life Resources- Meals on Wheels program. The Meals on Wheels program brought many wonderful people into her life, and she truly enjoyed interacting with her coworkers and clients. Her humor and wisdom were a blessing to the people whose lives she touched.

Jean was a funny and witty lady who will be missed by many. She is survived by her three daughters and their families: Rhonda Williams, husband Kevin and children Tyler and Marissa of Pasco, Washington; Stacy Wallace, husband Matt, and children Tristan, Allison, and Benjamin of Richland, Washington; and Margaret Hyland of Richland, Washington. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Shirley Molnaa and husband Jerry of Richland, Washington, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eula and Homer Pittman, Jr., and the father of her three children, Ron Miller.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 3rd, at 3:30pm at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland, Washington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Senior Life Resource Meals on Wheels program. Donations may be sent to the following address: Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels, 8656 W. Gage Blvd., Ste 104, Kennewick, WA 99336

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  • To Jean’s family, I’m so sorry to read of Jean’s passing. She was such a kick to be around. I first met Jean when my brother married her sister-in-law, Merel. Jean also attended The First Baptist church as we did and it was always a treat to see her smiling face there. I also worked around the corner from the Unique Floral Shop and spent many a time over there just hanging out laughing our heads off. What a character she was!!! I especailly remember one time when the girls I worked with dressed up on Halloween, I was a fairy princess and we came over to the shop to surprise her and Dottie. I’ll never forget the look on her face when we popped in the door!! She laughed until she cried!! and so did we at her! She never let me forget that… in fact I think she laughed at me every time I saw her not being able to get that picture out of her mind!!! I must have really looked ridiculous, but it was worth it just to see her reaction!! I will miss her wit and friendliness… and her smile, but now shes in Heaven smiling down on all of us! I hope you all can find comfort in that. ” Thanks again Jean for all those good laughs!!! ” Love Janis

    Janis Tames
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To Jean’s family, I send my profound sympathy. Jean and I were best friends in high school and later in adult life, although we lived far apart. My husband Ray Weyerts made sure she accepted the Lord way back in the 60’s or 70’s when she visited us one time in Seattle. We loved her very much and we know that she loved the Lord. Now she is with her Lord and Saviour! Praise God! Ray used to tell us that we’ll take off our earthly space suit and put on our heavenly garments when we pass on to eternal life. Jean! You go girl!!!

    Ann Clatworthy-Weyerts-Hogshead
    November 4, 2014
    Fort, Valley, VA, US
  • Although I have been aquainted with Jean for many years, we really got to know -and appreciate – each other through the Senior Nutrition program when she came to visit me every few months…

    I loved her spirit and humor along with her genuine concern for all of her friends and clients…

    I had the pleasure of talking to her recently when she was in rehab and will not forget that last conversation…

    She will be missed by us all.

    Beverlee Jochen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To the Miller girls….

    You have my deepest sympathies at the recent loss of your mother. I am sure that it has not been easy since you are all just getting over the tragic loss of your father as well. Your mother was a truely unique person! You all have a piece of her within you that will help carry on her memory forever. Know that she is in heaven tending the beautiful gardens and arranging flowers for all of us to see when our time comes! May God bless all of you. You are in my prayers.

    Sincerely,

    Heidi

    Heidi Gottschalk
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Your entire families are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I’m very sorry we lost a very remarkable woman. She was one of my best friends that I had to privilege to know. Jean could brighten anyones day. When she was sad we were sad. But very rare was she ever sad and if she was it was because someone in her life was sad. Jean was like a mother to me, giving me advise that helped me cope with life and relationship. My daughter just thought the world of Jean. She is also very sad of the worlds loss of a great woman. I never got to tell Jean Thank You for always being there for me whenever I’ve needed you. JEAN I REALLY MISS YOU. REST IN PEACE. LOVE YA ALWAYS Monica & Chelsi Ellingsworth

    Monica Ellingsworth
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. Hadn’t seen her for so many years, but remember the fun times we had with all of you girls and the Wakeham’s. May the Lord honor you with awesome memories for you and your children.

    Mary Ann & George Storey

    George & Mary Ann Storey
    November 4, 2014
    Keizer, OR, US
  • We have nothing but fond memories of Norma. She spread much joy and laughter in so many lives. Dick and I are so saddend by her early transition and want you both to know that our hearts are with you at this time. We love you guys and miss you.

    Kay and Dick Coates

    Kay and Dick Coates
    November 4, 2014
    Valley, WA, US
  • Rhonda, Stacy, and Megs, I’m sorry for the loss of your mom. Every time I think of her, which is often, I smile cause I’m remembering all the fun times we had at Unique Floral. She will be missed.

    Karen

    Karen Skelly
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • To Jean’s family, I’m so sorry to read of Jean’s passing. She was such a kick to be around. I first met Jean when my brother married her sister-in-law, Merel. Jean also attended The First Baptist church as we did and it was always a treat to see her smiling face there. I also worked around the corner from the Unique Floral Shop and spent many a time over there just hanging out laughing our heads off. What a character she was!!! I especailly remember one time when the girls I worked with dressed up on Halloween, I was a fairy princess and we came over to the shop to surprise her and Dottie. I’ll never forget the look on her face when we popped in the door!! She laughed until she cried!! and so did we at her! She never let me forget that… in fact I think she laughed at me every time I saw her not being able to get that picture out of her mind!!! I must have really looked ridiculous, but it was worth it just to see her reaction!! I will miss her wit and friendliness… and her smile, but now shes in Heaven smiling down on all of us! I hope you all can find comfort in that. ” Thanks again Jean for all those good laughs!!! ” Love Janis

    Janis Tames
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To Jean’s family, I send my profound sympathy. Jean and I were best friends in high school and later in adult life, although we lived far apart. My husband Ray Weyerts made sure she accepted the Lord way back in the 60’s or 70’s when she visited us one time in Seattle. We loved her very much and we know that she loved the Lord. Now she is with her Lord and Saviour! Praise God! Ray used to tell us that we’ll take off our earthly space suit and put on our heavenly garments when we pass on to eternal life. Jean! You go girl!!!

    Ann Clatworthy-Weyerts-Hogshead
    November 4, 2014
    Fort, Valley, VA, US
  • Although I have been aquainted with Jean for many years, we really got to know -and appreciate – each other through the Senior Nutrition program when she came to visit me every few months…

    I loved her spirit and humor along with her genuine concern for all of her friends and clients…

    I had the pleasure of talking to her recently when she was in rehab and will not forget that last conversation…

    She will be missed by us all.

    Beverlee Jochen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To the Miller girls….

    You have my deepest sympathies at the recent loss of your mother. I am sure that it has not been easy since you are all just getting over the tragic loss of your father as well. Your mother was a truely unique person! You all have a piece of her within you that will help carry on her memory forever. Know that she is in heaven tending the beautiful gardens and arranging flowers for all of us to see when our time comes! May God bless all of you. You are in my prayers.

    Sincerely,

    Heidi

    Heidi Gottschalk
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Your entire families are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I’m very sorry we lost a very remarkable woman. She was one of my best friends that I had to privilege to know. Jean could brighten anyones day. When she was sad we were sad. But very rare was she ever sad and if she was it was because someone in her life was sad. Jean was like a mother to me, giving me advise that helped me cope with life and relationship. My daughter just thought the world of Jean. She is also very sad of the worlds loss of a great woman. I never got to tell Jean Thank You for always being there for me whenever I’ve needed you. JEAN I REALLY MISS YOU. REST IN PEACE. LOVE YA ALWAYS Monica & Chelsi Ellingsworth

    Monica Ellingsworth
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. Hadn’t seen her for so many years, but remember the fun times we had with all of you girls and the Wakeham’s. May the Lord honor you with awesome memories for you and your children.

    Mary Ann & George Storey

    George & Mary Ann Storey
    November 4, 2014
    Keizer, OR, US
  • We have nothing but fond memories of Norma. She spread much joy and laughter in so many lives. Dick and I are so saddend by her early transition and want you both to know that our hearts are with you at this time. We love you guys and miss you.

    Kay and Dick Coates

    Kay and Dick Coates
    November 4, 2014
    Valley, WA, US
  • Rhonda, Stacy, and Megs, I’m sorry for the loss of your mom. Every time I think of her, which is often, I smile cause I’m remembering all the fun times we had at Unique Floral. She will be missed.

    Karen

    Karen Skelly
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US