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Ross woman dies walking to church she loved

Tony LaRussa
| Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, 1:21 p.m.
Anna Dayle MIller
Anna Dayle MIller

Since the early 1970s, much of Anna Dayle Miller's life was centered around the family and friends who lived near her on Sixth Avenue in the Laurel Gardens section of Ross.

On Sunday morning, her life ended in the neighborhood she loved.

Miller, 86, was hit by an SUV as she crossed Sixth Avenue on her way to services at Faith Lutheran Church.

Neighbors and church parishioners who witnessed the accident rushed to help and comfort Miller before she was transported to Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side, where she died several hours later surrounded by her family, her daughter said.

“There were a lot of people nearby because it was right before church was getting started,” said Cindy Richey, who lives on Sixth Avenue near her mother's house. “The pastor came out and held her hand and prayed with her as we waited for the ambulance. It was also very comforting that we (family members) were able to be with her at the hospital when she passed away.”

Ross police are investigating why the driver, who stopped his Jeep Wrangler after striking Miller, failed to see her in the crosswalk. Officials say there are no indications that the driver, whose name has not been released, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“In 1972, we moved from Plum to the house in Ross, which had a small store in front that my parents ran for several years,” Richey said.

“We sold food, candy, soda and cigarettes, so a lot of people in the neighborhood got to know my mom and dad,” she said. “There were 10 kids in our family growing up, and all of our friends called my mother ‘Gram.' She always made people feel so welcomed when they came to the house.”

Richey said her mother grew closer to church in the past decade and enjoyed attending services and participating in the Faith Seniors group.

“Naturally, we are sad about losing her, but we're comforted by the fact that she died on her way to a place she loved to be,” Richey said. “I think my sister Jane (Anzaldi) said it best: ‘She was going to meet the Lord in worship, but she met him face to face instead.'”

In addition to 10 children, Miller is survived by 28 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at Schellhass Funeral Home in West View on Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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