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Marjorie Ann Miller

August 23, 1932 — May 5, 2024

Marjorie Ann Miller (“Marge”), 91, of Searcy, AR, passed away on May 5, 2024.  Marge was born on August 23rd, 1932 to Philip and Eva Holzhausen in New Haven Township, MI. After graduating from Chesaning High School in 1950, she went on to study Social Sciences at Central Michigan University, where she graduated cum laude.

After graduation, she landed her first job as a teacher in Portland, OR, followed by teaching jobs in Midland, MI and Pico Rivera, CA.  It was while she was teaching in California that she met Robert “Bob” Miller, of Searcy, AR.  They were married in 1960 and would remain faithful to each other for 52 years.  Shortly after their wedding, they moved to Fayetteville, AR where Bob finished his Bachelor’s degree in Geology.  St. Louis was their next move, where Bob attended Washington University Dental School while Marge found work as a teacher while raising their first two children. After Bob graduated from dental school, they moved to Searcy, where their family grew by two more children. “Dr. Bob” began practicing dentistry and Marge focused on raising their four children. They remained in Searcy for the rest of their lives.

Marge is predeceased by her husband, her parents, her siblings Glen, Barbara, Philip Jr., Doris, Wayne and Dick; and her son, Rick.  She is survived by her sister, Marylyn; her children, Ken (Beth) Miller, Patty Miller and Missy (Kevin) Wolfe; her ten grandchildren, Katherine, Adam, Allie, Rose, Sutton, Philip, Caroline, Zach, Alex and Ian; her three great-grandchildren, Jack, Wesley and Beckett; and many nieces and nephews.

As a young woman, Marge was filled with a longing for adventure, traveling with friends on motorbikes all over Europe.  Over the years, she and her family enjoyed vacations to many parts of the U.S. and Canada, including regular trips to Michigan to visit her parents and extended family. In her later years, she and Bob enjoyed trips to England, Alaska and the Grand Canyon.

Marge’s dry wit was typically on display when you talked with her and she was always ready to throw out a zinger or two.  She enjoyed board games and card games and was particularly fond of watching game shows on TV.  Always one to look for ways to stimulate her mind, she was an avid reader and Sudoku aficionado. 

Marge had a heart for helping the underprivileged and marginalized, having volunteered at her church and at local organizations serving those who need a helping hand.  Social and political issues were also of interest to her and she financially supported several charitable and political organizations during her lifetime.

Education was important to Marge and she was a lifelong learner.  All of her children received college degrees thanks to her and Bob’s commitment to their education.

As a tried and true Michigander, she initially grumbled about raising her children so far away from her family in Michigan, but 40 years later, after the death of her husband in 2013 and her son in 2014, Marge chose to stay in Searcy.  It became her home and she grew to love it.  During her years as a widow, Marge enjoyed getting together each week with a small group of friends for dinner and a game of bridge or dominos.  Those friends were her lifeline when she needed them most.

Marge also had a greater circle of support during her final years.  The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the family members, neighbors, fellow church members and close friends who helped her in a myriad of ways.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on June 29, 2024 at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Arch Avenue in Searcy.  A light lunch will be served.  Please come dressed casually with a story or two to tell about Marge.  

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her memory to: First United Methodist Church, 1560 W. Beebe-Capps Expy, Searcy, AR 72143; Jacob's Place Homeless Mission, 2104 W. Beebe-Capps Expy, Searcy, AR 72143; or Good Samaritan Center, 1512 W. Park Ave., Searcy, AR 72143. 

All Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Searcy McEuen Funeral Home.

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