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Elizabeth J. “Betty” Miller

May 23, 2018

Elizabeth Joan “Betty” (Pendleton) Miller, age 79 of Rossville, passed away on May 23, 2018. She was born on June 5, 1938 in St. Joseph, MO; the daughter of W. Warren and Naomi E. Pendleton.


Elizabeth attended Willard Grade School and graduated from Rossville High School in 1956. She earned her RN diploma from Stormont Vail School of Nursing in 1958 and spent a few years working as an RN at the VA Hospital in Topeka.


Elizabeth married her high school sweetheart, Donald “Don” Miller on March 1, 1958. In 1962, Elizabeth was called to work from home raising her children and helping Don grow the family farm. Elizabeth and Don enjoyed 60 years of marriage, through the ups and downs of raising children and building the family farm.


Elizabeth’s life was dedicated to others, her family, community, church family, 4-H club, school board, friends and animals. She volunteered as a lector and Catechism teacher at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, was a Rossville Rustlers 4-H Club Leader for over 25 years, served on the USD 321 school board for multiple terms, and as a wrestling cheerleading sponsor (just to name a few). She rarely (if ever) said no to anyone who asked for her assistance. In addition to raising 6 children, she raised countless sick calves, horses, kittens, puppies, turtles, baby birds, gerbils, deer and even an iguana. She hated to see any living animal suffer and would work tirelessly to ensure its comfort.


Elizabeth is perhaps best known in the Rossville area for her enthusiastic support of athletics in the community. Her voice and cowbell could be heard above everything else (much to her children’s dismay) at the countless sporting events she attended. She loved to attend all Rossville sporting events, even if she had no children or grandchildren cheer on.

Elizabeth’s children remember her as a strong, caring, outspoken, intelligent, independent and hard-working woman. She was the pillar of strength of her family and will be sorely missed by her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, David Miller.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Miller, of the home; 4 daughters – LuAnn Baumchen and husband Paul (Lawrence), Diana Iseman and husband Jim (Burlington), Suzanne Tull and husband Ronnie (Willard) , Sarah Meinershagen and husband Kevan (Lawrence); 1 son – Daniel Miller and wife Jennifer (Willard) ; a daughter-in-law – Noel Miller (Dover); as well as 13 Grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth wished for private burial at the family farm. Therefore, a private graveside service will be held for immediate family members only. Other family and friends are encouraged to attend her funeral mass on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville, and stay for a luncheon in Dekat Hall afterwards. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Elizabeth “Betty” Miller Participation Scholarship Fund and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com


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20 thoughts on “Elizabeth J. “Betty” Miller

  1. When you hear the phrase ‘pillar of the Community’, Betty Miller immediately comes to mind. Mrs. Miller was always present, kind, fun, outspoken and devoted to her family and her community. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to the entire Miller family. We were all so lucky to have known her.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She is safe in the arms of Jesus now. I remember her from my years of 4-H, to attending our ball games, to attending wrestling with our kids. The cowbell was priceless! May God surround you with his love and care as you grieve.

  3. It’s sad to say goodbye to such a special lady. Betty meant so much to the Rossville area. She always there to support everyone and lend a hand. Betty you will be greatly missed. So sorry for the families loss.
    With sympathy
    Ken and Carol Hillebert
    Lawrence,ks (former Rossvillians)

  4. So very sorry for your family’s loss. Betty was such a great supporter of community , family and faith. She was always there to volunteer. Your in our thoughts and Prayers.
    Ken and Carol Hillebert
    Lawrence, ks (former Rossvillians)

  5. It was an honor of my life to know Don and Betty and their family, and to work alongside them for many years with the Rossville Rustlers 4-H club. Nobody was more devoted to the welfare of her community’s children than Betty. Nobody worked harder. Nobody cared more. I am so sad today for her children and for Don, but that sadness will give way to joyful memories. May God shower blessings on everyone who knew and loved her.

  6. Our deepest sympathy is with all your family, especially Don, Sarah and Daniel. Betty will be deeply missed at all RHS activities but especially football and wrestling and in the community in general. We always enjoyed seeing and chatting with her at the wrestling meets. She was such a fan and supporter of
    young people. Barb and I have a previous commitment on Saturday so we will not be able to attend her service, but we will keep you in our thoughts.

  7. Miller family, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Laura (Broyles) Anderson

  8. My sincere sympathy to Don and family. Betty’s vivacious smile and energy I will always remember. May her family find peace and comfort in our Lords everlasting love.

  9. I was sadden to learn of Betty’s passing.
    I want to leave my favorite saying from Billy Graham. That helped me in a difficult time like this.

    Billy Graham once said, “One day you’ll hear that Billy Graham has died. Don’t you believe it. On that day I’ll be more alive than ever before! I’ve just changed addresses.”

    Betty has just changed addresses and you will one day see her again!
    God bless!

  10. Saddened to hear this news; praying for comfort in the midst of grief (remembering and being thankful while mourning the loss of a loved one).

  11. Condolences to the entire Miller clan, Betty will be missed. May the perpetual light shine upon her and the heavens rejoice in her homecoming.

  12. My sympathy to Don and family. Betty was a great lady. I served almost 2 decades with Betty on Shawnee County Fire District #4 Board. I admired her volunteerism, her experiences, her sense of family and community. She will be missed.

  13. Don & Betty’s Family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She will be missed in the surrounding communities. She had many passions & we believe she lived to accomplish them all. She can breath freely & is no longer in pain. May She Now Rest In Peace.

  14. I am very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I admired and respected her very much. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed having Daniel and Sarah in my classes. They reflected her outstanding characteristics. A great loss for the Rossville community.

  15. We are sad to learn of this great woman’s passing. Betty was a great supporter of this community. She was always eager to help in any way she could. We fondly remember her dedication to the education of all students in the Kaw Valley USD 321.

  16. So sorry to hear of the passing of this great woman. She was such a great supporter of everyone in this community. Her heart was huge and she was always eager to listen and help in any way she could. We remember fondly her dedication to education.
    Toby & Ann McCullough

  17. We are saddened to learn of the passing of Bettty. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our love to Don, their children, grandchildren,and great grandchildren.

  18. We are so very sorry to read of Betty’s passing. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

    Joe & Pauline Conley
    Delia, KS.

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