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Mt. Pleasant nurse loved volunteering, telling a great story

Patrick Varine
Patricia F. Miller

Patricia Miller wanted to take care of others, whether it was her medical career, volunteering at the local food bank or caring for her mother.

“She went to school at Westmoreland County Community College and wanted to be a nurse because she had seen the love and care our family gave, and she wanted to do that for others,” said her sister, Terry Dixon of Tempe, Ariz.

Patricia Fay Miller of Mt. Pleasant died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. She was 62.

Mrs. Miller was born Nov. 15, 1956, in Mt. Pleasant, the oldest child of the late Archie Dewain and Dorothy Gale Ullery Miller. She was a 1974 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area High School, and became a licensed practical nurse in 1983 through WCCC. In 1996, Mrs. Miller earned certification as a respiratory therapist from the California College of Health Science.

Over the years, she worked for Meerhoff Animal Hospital, H.C. Frick Community Hospital, Westmoreland Hospital and LifeLine Inc. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Young at Heart, Hillbilly Clan #53, Ridge Runners Trailer Club and WOW (Women of Worth) at Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren.

She met her late husband, Doug Miller, while working at Frick Hospital, where he was a security guard.

“They both camped a lot and loved going to the Laurel Highlands,” Dixon said. “They had a permanent site there for a while. They just really enjoyed camping and traveling.”

Mrs. Miller also made regular annual appearances as Mrs. Claus to her husband’s Santa.

“They’d go to different events to meet with children,” Dixon said. “They didn’t have kids, so it was something they really enjoyed doing.”

Among her friends, Mrs. Miller was always up for a good, lengthy discussion.

“She loved talking to people on the phone,” Dixon said.

Her sister agreed.

“She had a good friend, Debbie Rosey, and they talked every single night on the phone,” said her sister, Nancy Rose of Panama City, Fla. “And, when she was sick, Debbie would come on Saturday nights to give us a break (from care-giving) for a few hours. Debbie and her friends would come and sit with her and Terry and I got some much-needed breaks.”

Both sisters recalled Mrs. Miller’s funny streak.

“We had so many good laughs,” Rose said. “She had such a great sense of humor. Last night, at the first viewing, everyone was talking about their great memories of her. We loved listening to her stories. She could put the funniest spin on things, and she was a really good storyteller.”

Mrs. Miller is survived by her siblings, Nancy Miller Rose (Dave), Terry Dixon (Jim) and Rickey Dewain Miller of Irwin; eight nieces and nephews; and two great nieces.

Visitation is from 10 a.m to 11 a.m., along with an 11 a.m. service, Thursday at Saloom-Rega Funeral Service, 730 W. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren, 201 Washington St. Mt. Pleasant, Pa., 15666; to Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren, 494 East Main Street, Mt. Pleasant; Animal Keepers Rescue c/o Mary and Bruce Anderson, 485 McGuinnis Road, Acme, Pa., 15610; or the Mt. Pleasant Food Pantry c/o Marie Ochaba, 116 North Depot St., Mt. Pleasant.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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