Janice M. (Loschen) Miller, 80, died at home in Pullman Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006.

While 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 of Pullman.

The 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 store.

Janice 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.

The 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 Speaking."

Janice was 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.

She is 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.

Besides her husband, Janice was preceded in death by her parents; a brother and his wife, Leslie and Jane Loschen.

A memorial 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 of arrangements.


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