10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

Mary Illene Miller October 9, 1945 - June 28, 2022

MARY ILLENE MILLER          Oct 9, 1945-June 28, 2022

Illene was born in Eldorado, Texas to Mary Virginia Griffin-Bracken and James Michael Bracken.  She was a pre-mature birth weighing less than 4lbs.  The doctor that came after the home birth said she would not survive.  Her grandmother wasn’t having any of that and swaddled her up into a shoebox and set her on the warm oven door.  She fed her droppers of milk with a dash of whiskey!

Four sisters came soon after; Dianne, Rhonda, Ellen, and Beverly whom she loved very much as they did her.

The family moved to Norwalk, CA. when she was very young.  They actually moved in across the street from her future husband.  He was the older man at 13 as she was 11.

Illene graduated from Norwalk High School in 1963 and attended Cerritos college for 1 year while working for an accounting firm.

She married Ulis (Sonny) Miller on April 18, 1964.  They have two daughters; Susie (Ted) and April who blessed them with five grandchildren; Alyssa (Malcolm), James, Elizabeth, Brooke, and Kacee.  She loved them all very much and supported them in everything.

Illene worked as a teachers aide in CA., and Emmett, a ward clerk at Walter Knox Hospital and clerk for the Soil Conservation District.

She loved her husband and her family.  She was very creative and enjoyed taking art classes.  Oil painting, chalk drawing, and ceramics just to name a few.  She also took up the piano at 65!  She loved a good rare steak, romance novels, her flower gardens and humming birds.

There are too many to list by name of family and close friends.  Please know that she cherished you all.

Condolences can be left at the website for Bowman Funeral Chapel, Garden City, ID.


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    Garry and Joy Nash says

    Our condolences at the loss of a most beloved matriarch of the family go out to Susie, April and all of your dear family. Wishing that God’s peace and comfort during this time and forever be in your dear families.

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