Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Charlotte (Char) Reith Miller, 94, of Monroe died on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at home with her daughters by her side.
Charlotte was a lifelong Sunnyside resident and descendent of pioneering family JB and Charlotte (Yetter) George. JB was one of Sunnyside's first mayors and president of the Bank of Sunnyside.
Charlotte was born Feb. 15, 1918 in Sunnyside to Bernice (George) and Horace L. Miller. Char grew up in Sunnyside at a time when kids swam in the clear waters of the canal.
A member of honor society, she graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1936 and attended the University of Washington pledging to Chi Omega sorority.
Charlotte returned to Sunnyside to care for her little sister and help her widowed father with his insurance and mortgage loan business, Horace L. Miller Agency. She earned her realtor's license, which was unusual for a woman at the time.
Char met Johnny Reith, who was rooming across the street on Sunnyside Avenue. They married on July 8, 1943, and purchased their first home a few doors up the street. A year later John joined the Army and Char followed him to Texas and California working for the Red Cross while he was in training. She returned to Sunnyside when he was deployed to Europe during WWII. Afterwards the young couple purchased Charlotte's father's business in downtown Sunnyside and ran it until 1981 when Johnny died.
Being a dedicated mother, Char was one of the original organizers of Sunnyside's first pre-school and kindergarten.
She was an active member at Holy Trinity and St. Anne's Guild.
She helped found Sunnyside's Orthopedic Bridge Club, which donated money to the Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle.
She enjoyed life whether she was playing solitaire or bridge with long-time friends, reading a good book, dancing to Big Band music or swimming in the ocean.
In 1986 Char married Don Miller, owner of Airport Ranch. The couple enjoyed 22 years together spending time with their families and traveling to Hawaii each winter. In electing them Grand Marshals of the Lighted Implement Parade, the city honored their life-long commitment and love of Sunnyside.
Charlotte is survived by daughters, Bernie (Bob) Barker of Sunnyside, Joann Kendall of Monroe and Holly (Tom) Orgill of the United Kingdom; two step-children, Mike (Kristeen) Miller and Chris (Kent) Smith, both of Sunnyside; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; and a younger sister, Marilyn Arnold.
Charlotte was preceded in death by husbands, John Reith and Don Miller; and an older sister, Kathleen Graham Hamilton.
Many people will miss Charlotte Miller. She was a loving, good and gentle spirit.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 327 E. Edison Ave., Sunnyside, with the Rev. Dr. Peter Kalunian officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church's Close, with a reception afterwards in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, the children would prefer donations be given to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside.
American Memorial Funeral Directors in Everett is in charge of arrangements.