JANICE MYRL MILLER
(Loschen) Miller, 80, died at home in Pullman Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006.
Janice was among those capable women of her generation who also achieved
success in her profession, she drew her greatest joy in life from her family.
In September 1950, Janice wed Robert L. Miller, a marriage that was to last 55
years until his death last January.
Together they raised four children in the Evergreen community just south
daughter of Pete and Theta Loschen, Janice was born in Leroy, Kansas. Hit by
the Depression, the family trekked west, settling in Sunnyside. Growing up in
that farm town, she worked at all sorts of jobs: cutting asparagus, sorting
potatoes, selling newspapers, keeping books and clerking at a hardware
excelled in school, and was valedictorian of the Sunnyside High School class of
1943. She was an outstanding debater in high school and at Washington State
College, and performed in campus theater productions.
She was a member of Mortar Board, women's
academic honorary, and graduated in Speech with highest honors in 1947. She
added her master's degree two years later, and early in her career taught at
Edmonds High School and at the University of Washington.
majority of her career was as a member of the Washington State University
Speech faculty, where she taught for 30 years.
She coached the W.S.U. forensics team, taught reader's theater and
public speaking and co-authored a text, "Effective Public
a passionate supporter of many fine organizations. She believed a person of
conscience could make a significant contribution in the world, and that
everyone has an obligation to make positive changes to improve our planet. She
believed that if everyone did just a little bit, it would make a big
difference. It would be a wonderful tribute to her for people to make a personal
commitment to support a program or organization that they passionately believe
is making a significant difference in this world.
survived by a son, J. Scott Miller of Spokane, with his wife, Susan, and their
children, Ashley, Graham, Peter and Kimberly; a daughter, Gail Miller of
Pullman; a son, Gregg Miller of Bainbridge Island, his wife, Dorothy Foster and
their son, David; and a son, Brian Miller of Seattle.
She is also survived by a brother, Roger
Loschen of Lake Forest Park, and his wife, Patricia, and their three sons in
Redmond, Wa. and Boston.
husband, Janice was preceded in death by her parents; a brother and his wife,
Leslie and Jane Loschen.
service is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at 3 p.m. at Pullman
Community Congregational Church, 525 NE Campus Avenue, Pullman WA 99163. The
Robert L. and Janice M. Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established
in the W.S.U. Foundation and The League of Women Voters has established the
Janice M. Miller Memorial Fund. Heritage Funeral Home of Spokane is in charge