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Official Obituary of

Bernie Miller

February 14, 2024
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Bernie Miller Obituary

With the love and support of many family members, Bernie Miller, 87 of Baker City, has found peace and serenity with the Lord. In the comfort of her home of 47 years on Beaver Creek, she passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of February 14,  2024.   A celebration of life will be held in the future, time and place to be announced.

Bernie was born on October 8, 1936 in Portland, Oregon to Gerald T. and Mable I. Andross.  Gerald and Mable moved from Portland to the small town of Dodson, OR, where Bernie spent her younger years being adventurous in the Columbia River region east of Portland, OR.  Bernie graduated class of 1954 from Cascade Locks High School where she was a member of the Glee Club, The Bridge of the Gods Chapter; National Honor Society, and Orchestra, playing the Saxophone. Among other activities and interest in her younger years she was also very fond of animals.

Following High School, she attended Capital Business College in Salem, OR, graduating August 17, 1957. She then worked for State Farm Insurance as a secretary in Bonneville, OR.  Bernie and Rod Miller began courting around 1956 and married June 7, 1958 in Cascade Locks, OR. In January of 1959 Bernie and Rod move to Pittsburgh, PA where they had their first child Scot in 1959.  Following Rod’s military service in Pennsylvania they moved back to John Day, OR where the family grew with the birth of Karen (Miller) Phillips 62’, Kevin Miller 65’ and Lori (Miller) Smith 68’.  The family of six then moved to Baker City in June 1971.

Outside Bernie’s career of motherhood, teacher, role model, and nurturer she and Rod spent much of their time advocating with other parents and families of children with special needs; for programs and services of inclusion and support for children with disabilities.  For many years, beginning in the early 70’s, Bernie and Rod were very instrumental with creation of ARC, known then as the (Association for Retarded Citizens) raising funds with “Hike Bike”.  With the help of the community and their drive to create programs to support quality of living for the special needs’ population came the birth of “Step Forward”.  Bernie also had a love of horses, Border Collies and sheep herding Competitions, and shared a reputable business, Beaver Creek Kennels breeding English Springer Spaniels for the avid bird hunter.

Bernie was preceded in death by husband of over 60 years, Rodney J. Miller, son Kevin Miller, younger brother Gerald L. Andross.

Bernie is survived by brother Richard R. Andross; son Scot Miller; daughters Karen Phillips and Lori (Randy) Smith; grandchildren Erik, Ethan, Amy, Sean Conley, Derek Phillips, Adam, Amanda, Travis and Tanner Smith and a bundle of great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Bernie the family suggests Step Forward through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Online condolences can be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

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