Dorothy Jean Miller, 89, of Meridian, Idaho, peacefully left this Earth and entered the presence of Jesus Christ on December 28, 2018, her family by her side. Born in Pasadena, California, on September 25, 1929, to Richard and Goldie Bufkin, Dorothy was a kind, loving and giving person who possessed a deep inner strength and complete devotion to her family. She met the love of her life, Ralph Stanley Miller, in high school and they married at Rees Memorial Church in Pasadena in 1948. As a wife and mother, Dorothy cared for her family while her husband worked as a carpenter and later as a pastor with the Church of the Nazarene. For many years she worked for the telephone company to help with family finances.
Mom’s lasting legacy is the nurturing of her children in all phases of life. She was a wonderful cook who could make a tasty meal out of very little. She also taught her family to cook and the value of a job well done. Dorothy was fast to make friends and was kind and generous to everyone she met. She kept a spotless home and was diligent in all that she did. Most of all, Mom loved Jesus. She became a Christian at the age of 4 and lived for Christ her whole life.
As a pastor’s wife, she poured into the lives of others and built them up in their faith with the goal of spiritual maturity. She also served for over ten years as the Secretary to Dr. Benefield who was the District Superintendent to the Los Angeles District of the Church of the Nazarene. Mom’s organizational skills were evident in those years and she proved to be a trusted confidant for many.
Even though Dorothy didn’t have a lot of material goods, if you asked her she would tell you that she felt blessed to have been given the life she enjoyed and blessed that she could help others. In later years, she used her gifts to crochet newborn baby hats with her Stitches Club.
For Mom, homemade strawberry ice cream was one of the best things invented. In the summer, she loved nothing more than to mix a batch and share it with family and friends. Make no mistake, she could put away the ice cream. But, she always made sure, that others had their fill first. Even though she was always small in stature, she more than once out ate a family member in an ice cream eating contest.Dorothy’s family loved to vacation in Catalina Island, California, where the Bufkin family owned houses for four generations. As a child and later as an adult she found it a magical place that was relaxing and where she could enjoy the crystal-clear water of the Pacific Ocean. As a lover of ice cream, her favorite place was Big Olaf’s. It was a “must go” place every day that she was on the island. She made a number of beautiful cross stitch pictures of Catalina as a reminder of the joy that it brought her.
Dorothy is predeceased by her parents and her beloved brother, Paul Bufkin. She is survived by her husband, Stan Miller of Boise, Idaho, her sister, Ruth Cole, of Nampa, Idaho; her children, Rick (and wife Paula) Miller of Nashville, Tennessee, Karen Miller of Boise, Idaho, Robert (and wife LeAnne) Miller of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Rebecca Cushman of El Dorado, California. At her passing, Dorothy had six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date at Boise New Hope Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Boise New Hope Church at 8585 West Overland Road, Boise, ID 83709. Please designate gifts to Family Ministry.