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Rosalie May Miller, 74

DEC. 11, 1938-JULY 4, 2013

July 09, 2013

Rosalie May Miller, 74, of Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at her residence of respiratory failure.

She was born Dec. 11, 1938, in Quincy Township, Pa.

She spent much of her life on Bower Avenue in Hagerstown along with her only sister, Judy.

She married Glenn Edward Miller on Oct. 22, 1955. They would have been married 58 years had she survived until October.

She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956. She went on to acquire some college credits.

She worked as a buyer and a personnel director for Marsh McBirney in Frederick, Md. When she retired from there, she went to work part time at Kohl's department store because she loved working with and just being around people. She found joy in being a part of the service projects Kohl's promoted, even bringing along her granddaughter, Casey, to serve alongside her. She retired from Kohl's in January of this year.

She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday school for many years as a young mother. She also was a member of Second Wind of Washington County, which is a club for people suffering from respiratory ailments. She enjoyed the time she spent with her friends there. 

Her greatest joy in life was, without a doubt, her family. She loved her husband and did everything she could to support him personally and professionally. She served beside him at Antietam Exchange Club events, where he was once the president and district director for many years. As a young homemaker, she kept his home and his children immaculate. As her children, "Jules" and "Eddie," grew up, she became their biggest fan and cheerleader, but also their taskmaster, requiring them to push to reach for their potential. She was a passionate woman, fiercely loyal, incredibly loving and amazingly strong.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn Edward Miller; her son, Glenn Edward Miller II; her daughter, Julie Elaine (Miller) Layton; her sister, Judy Myers; her grandchildren, Casey Lyn Miller, Dustin Adams, Jesse Glenn Layton, Wade Miller, Gracen Lindsey Layton, Amber Nichole Albaugh, Raegan Debra Layton, Adam Thomas and Seren Rose Layton; great-granddaughter, Adelina Maria Centeno; nieces, Margaret Catherine Clouse, Brenda Bishop and Wendy Earle; and nephews, Kenneth Miller, David Miller, Daniel Miller and Timothy Miller. 

She was preceded in death by her niece, Jenny Samuels.     

She also had three Shih Tzus that she adored, Little Bear Lionheart Surprise ("Lil Bear"), Willie and Princess Poofey ("Poof"). They gave her endless hours of love and entertainment, and remained by her side until her passing. 

Rosalie May Miller was a courageous, kind and giving person. To that end, she donated her body to science. As a 12-year lung transplant survivor and 52-year survivor of Crohn's disease, she felt her body might offer some insight in the treatment/management of those diseases.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your favorite charity in her honor.

Do not feel saddened by her departure, because she felt life was to be celebrated, and she asked that everyone have a big party when she died. Be joyful, for she loved life, and she would want you to also.

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