Cover photo for Shirley M. Miller's Obituary
Shirley M. Miller Profile Photo

Shirley M. Miller

May 22, 1927 — December 27, 2022

Diamond

Shirley M. Miller

Age 95 of Diamond, Illinois, died unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, December 27, 2022.

Born May 22, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, Shirley Marie was a daughter of John and Essie Edna (Winters) Albrecht. She was raised in Chicago until her sophomore year of high school, when she moved to Coal City and went on to graduate with the Coal City High School Class of 1945. On September 14th of that same year, Shirley married Raleigh Miller in Chicago, and together they made a home and raised a family in the Coal City/Diamond area. She worked various jobs throughout the years, which included employment at the Joliet Arsenal, Testa’s IGA, Wescom, DeMert & Dougherty, and Major School of Dance. Shirley was an active member of the Coal City United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir, taught Sunday school, was involved with the Evening Star Circle, and more recently active with Friendship Circle. When her girls were young, Shirley volunteered with the PTA/PTO and Music Boosters, served as a 4-H Leader and Brownie Leader, and assisted as a Room Mother. In addition, Shirley was of constant support of her husband Raleigh’s musical career and was sure to be in attendance at many of his performances. She served as an Election Judge, belonged to the White Star Chapter of the Eastern Star, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and leaves a legacy of constant caregiving of the young, the old, and those who needed a helping hand.

A generous, hard-working, kind-hearted and beautiful soul, Shirley’s life was centered on family and friends. She took pleasure in feeding the birds, tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, swimming, and decorating her home for the seasons. With her warm smile and jovial laugh, Shirley was one to “never, never, never give up.”

Survivors include three daughters: Cynthia (Dean) Miller-Webb of Snellville, Georgia and Romeoville, Illinois; Jacqueline (Dale) Kuntz of Kingwood, Texas; and Carol (Bob) Crawford of Diamond, Illinois; Grandchildren: Timothy (Holli) Washburn of Coal City, Illinois; Tod (Jamie) Washburn of Morris, Illinois; Shelley Crawford of Parker, Colorado; Katie (Steve) Hlavac of Yorkville, Illinois; Catherine (Michael) Williams of Marietta, Georgia; Christy (Andy) Steinhauser of Powder Springs, Georgia; Daren (Trisha) Kuntz of Bennington, Nebraska; and Danielle (Joe) Mazurkiewicz of Grayslake, Illinois; Great-grandchildren: Ali, Emma, Abby, Nolan, William, Ava, Addison, Natalie, Reagan, A.J., Rigdon, Sam, Max, Elise and Jaxson; Great-great grandchildren: Jace and Jenna, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, Raleigh, in 2000; brother-in-law, Gayle Miller; sister-in-law, Faith Miller Harris; and her dear special friend, Tom Trotter.

The family will receive friends for a visitation at the Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 East McArdle Road in Coal City on Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service, 1:00 p.m. Rev. Jay Regennitter will officiate, and burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington, where Shirley will be laid to rest with Raleigh.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Shirley’s memory to the Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Rd., Coal City, IL 60416; Bohemian National Cemetery, Braidwood, IL, at www.bohemiannational.org; or to a charity of the donor’s choosing.

Family and friends are encouraged to log onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Shirley’s memorial page online through social media.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)
To send flowers to the family in memory of Shirley M. Miller, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Visitation

Saturday, January 7, 2023

10:00am - 1:00pm (Central time)

Coal City United Methodist Church

6805 E McArdle Rd, Coal City, IL 60416

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Saturday, January 7, 2023

1:00 - 1:45pm (Central time)

Coal City United Methodist Church

6805 E McArdle Rd, Coal City, IL 60416

Livestream

Click to watch

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Burial

Saturday, January 7, 2023

2:15 - 2:30pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Visits: 1314

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers