2017-01-05 / Obituaries

Diane Miller


Diane Miller Diane Miller Diane Marie Miller, 69, of Chocolay Township near Marquette, passed away Wednesday evening, December 28, 2016, at her home, in the care of her family and caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice.

She was born July 3, 1947, to Clyde and Mary (nee Riley) Martin in St. Ignace. Growing up in St. Ignace, the eldest of 10 children, she very early on developed a strong work ethic and sense of family responsibility.

Mrs. Miller attended Northern Michigan University’s food service program, which trained her for a long career in the restaurant industry as a waitress. Throughout the years, she was employed at the former Park Tavern in south Marquette, Villa Capri, Furnace Tavern, Walhstrom’s, Garden Room, and Superior Shores. Her longest employments were with the Garden Room for more than 20 years, and later at Wahlstrom’s for 12 years, from which she retired. For more than 17 years, Mrs. Miller and her husband, Ted, operated a child daycare out of their home until November of this year, when she became ill. For many years, they operated the daycare on weekdays while she waitressed on the weekends. An efficient and dedicated waitress, Mrs. Miller gave her customers an experience, and much delight. She knew her customers well and often greeted them with, “How’s the family?”

She was brassy and sassy, friends said, always interesting, and she made her customers feel at home, like family. She was always the life of the party, and everyone knew she was around by her infectious laughter and her comments. She touched many lives, through her waitress skills and caring for children, by her willingness to share a smile and laugh to make the day brighter. Mrs. Miller’s greatest joy was being surrounded by the children in her life, whether they were her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, or daycare children. For the children, she was “Grandma Diane,” a fun, loving presence, yet taking no guff.

She was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Mrs. Miller enjoyed gardening, cooking, and watching her grandchildren dance, play football, and race dirt bikes and racecars.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Chester “Ted” Miller; her children and their families, Brandi and Wayne Goodwin of Marquette, Steve Mahan of Gwinn, David and Julie Mahan of Marquette, Vic and Mary Ann Miller of St. Charles, Missouri, Brad and Linda Miller of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Tierra and Bobby Booth of Negaunee, and Todd Miller and Margaret Rogers of Ishpeming; 19 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters and their families, Linda, Gloria, and Brenda of Wisconsin and Sharon of Salt Lake City, Utah; three brothers, Ricky, Robert, and Clyde Jr. of Wisconsin, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her former husbands, Larry Mahan and Donald Kitscher; two sisters, Debbie Simonds and Bonnie Derhammer, and two brothers, Ronald Martin and John Martin.

Services will be Wednesday, January 4, at 6 p.m. at the Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home in Marquette with Pastor Lon Russell officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to time of the service. A reception will follow in the reception room at the funeral home.

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