Betty Ann Miller

  • Born: December 24, 1930
  • Died: November 14, 2021
  • Location: McHenry, Illinois

Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory

591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
Tel. (815) 385-0063

Tribute & Message From The Family

Betty A. Miller (nee Waldrop) completed her earthly journey on November 14, 2021 at the age of 90 at her home surrounded by loved ones.
Betty was born in Elva, KY to Theron and Bessie Waldrop on Christmas Eve in 1930, the fourth of six children. After growing up on the family farm and graduating from high school, she moved to Paducah, KY to live with her aunt and uncle and begin work at Magnavox, where she met her future husband. She was married to William (Bill) E. Miller in 1951 in Corinth, MS and lived in Symsonia, KY until they moved to Northern Illinois in the early 1960s. Betty and Bill became members of the First Baptist Church of McHenry where they were deeply involved in church programs. Betty was a Sunday school teacher and Women's Missionary Union president.
Betty and Bill enjoyed traveling in their motorhome and appreciating the beauty of nature across the United States including Alaska. Betty was an avid painter and a member of various local art chapters. Her participation in several "Big Brush" painting workshops enhanced her natural artistic talent over the years. Her love of artwork and antiques was reflected in her home d├ęcor. She showcased pieces at multiple venues including "Tapestry Antiques" in McHenry, a small family business started by her daughter.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Miller of McHenry, IL, brother David Waldrop of Union City, TN, daughter Cindy Miller (Chuck Fernstrom) of McHenry, IL, granddaughter Michelle (Shelley) Johnson-Motoyama (Yas Motoyama) of Upper Arlington, OH, grandson Ryan Miller (Leslie Miller) of Queen Creek, AZ, and seven great-grandchildren including Kai and Elyse Motoyama, Rylie and Raelyn Miller, and Kaylee, Joey, and Ella Stephenson. Her extended family members are far too numerous to mention but she loved and was loved by all. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Vernon, Audra, Ruth, and Norma, and her son Daniel R. Miller of Johnsburg, IL.
Betty will be remembered as a bright and shining light to her family, friends, and the communities in which she participated. Her kindness and care will be deeply missed. Services will be held for Betty on Wednesday, November 24th at Colonial Funeral Home in McHenry, IL. Visitation will be held from 11a.m. to 1p.m. followed by a funeral service from 1p.m. to 2p.m. at the same location. Internment to follow at Windridge Cemetery in Cary, IL. Memorial contributions can be made in Betty's name to a charity of the donor's choice.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Nisa, Chris, and JourneyCare for their continued care and support.

Condolence & Memory Journal

"Aunt Betty showed love and compassion for everyone. While distance separated us, at our family reunion's she always loved learning about everything that was going on with with my family and spending time with each person I brought to the family gathering. I will always remember how excited my mother (Ruth) was to get a call from Aunt Betty or for her special visits during their trips to Kentucky. She was truly loved and will be missed by each of us in so many ways.

Posted by Terry Purcell - St Charles, MO - Family   November 18, 2021

Betty was so loved by all and will be sorely missed. My heart felt sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

Posted by BJ Kniaz - Oceanside, CA - Friend   November 17, 2021

Betty was a special person & painting buddy. We met in 1983 & went to our first convention in 1985. We built a bond & friendship that was never broken. Thank you so much for the fond memories, laughs & friendship & for introducing me to Cindy & Bill. I cherish every minute.

Posted by Catherine Kamp - Fox Lake, IL - Friend   November 17, 2021

Lots of love and hugs to all from the hills of TN!! Too many memories especially those of snowmobiling .. Heaven has certainly gained another beautiful soul!!

Posted by Warren/Brenda Glawe - Pikeville, TN - Family Friend   November 17, 2021

Cindy, we were so sorry to hear of your moms' passing. She was a very sweet southern lady! Thoughts & prayers especially to your dad. Marilyn & Randy

Posted by Marilyn Meyer - MCHENRY, IL - Family Friend   November 16, 2021

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