DIANNA LYNN MILLER
September 26, 2012
Dianna Lynn (Roberts) Miller, 53, of Grandview entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.
Dianna was born April 7, 1959 in Prosser, to Willard A. "Burr" and Patt Roberts. She spent her early childhood years on the family farm in Mabton and later moved to Grandview, where she continued her early education. In high school she was a member of the Honor Society and participated in volleyball, track and home economics.
She was actively involved in the Grandview Church of the Nazarene with the youth group and singing in the choir.
Dianna then graduated from Grandview High School with the class of 1977.
Dianna continued her education at Northwest Nazarene College, where she began a major in home economics before pursuing her passion for teaching. She then graduated from NNC in 1981 with a degree in early childhood education. She furthered her education at Heritage College in 1992, completing her Master's degree in education.
On June 27, 1981, Dianna married the love of her life and best friend, Jeff Miller.
Her teaching career began that same year with the Grandview School District, where she remained for 31 years. Dianna dedicated her time to nurturing the students in kindergarten through third grade.
She cherished her time working alongside her colleagues and developed many irreplaceable relationships. Many devoted extra hours were spent preparing her lessons and making sure her classroom was a special place for her students. Due to her diligent work, Dianna was awarded "Teacher of the Year" honors in 2000 by the Grandview Chamber of Commerce.
Dianna enjoyed sewing, cooking and taking pictures. She regularly and lovingly spoiled all of her nieces and nephews, not only with gifts, but with meaningful and valuable life lessons. For years, she cherished Monday nights with her parents watching Monday Night Football and sharing dinner.
Dianna loved RVing with Jeff, mainly to the Oregon Coast, along with long walks on the beach and eating seafood, especially clam chowder. This year Dianna celebrated 31 years of marriage to Jeff.
Dianna was a lifelong member of Grandview Church of the Nazarene. Her relationship with God radiated throughout every aspect of her life. She humbly served Christ and those around her. From the classroom to her living room, Dianna displayed patience and unconditional love to all she encountered. She dedicated her Thursday mornings to praying alongside her colleagues at the Harriet Thompson Prayer Box lifting each other up in prayer. She taught Sunday School and served on many committees and received the Nazarene Distinguished Service Award.
Dianna is survived by her loving husband, Jeff Miller; her parents, Burr and Patt Roberts; siblings, JoLeen (Ken) Peterson, Pam (Eric) Stilwell and Allen (Kendra) Roberts, all of Grandview, and Kami (Brian) Smith of Kendrick, Idaho; nieces and nephews: Andy, Brad, Tiffany, Nathan, Shyanne, Sierra, Abby, Braden, Kayda, Ethan, Dallas, Kelsi and Shelby; special pet, Maggie Mae; her mother-in-law, Elaine Miller of Prosser; Signe (Paul) Maki of Vancouver, Ervin (Kathie) Miller of Yakima, Gaye (Robbie) Ott of Kent,; along with many loved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; and father-in-law, Ernie (Pa) Miller.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, 345 North 11th Street in Sunnyside. Celebration of Dianna's life will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at Grandview Church of the Nazarene with Dr. Brent Hulett officiating, followed by a reception. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in care of the arrangements.
Those wishing to send their condolences may do so at www.valleyhillsfh.com
Those wishing to honor the memory of Dianna and her passion for education may make memorial contributions for the students of Harriet Thompson Elementary School. Gifts should be made out to Grandview Church of the Nazarene, marked: In Memory of Dianna Miller.
For further information, please contact Grandview Church of the Nazarene at (509) 882-1660.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.