Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, sister and friend, Nina Rebecca Thomas Miller, 93, of Grandview went to be in the arms of her Savior on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, from her home in Grandview.

Nina was born on Nov. 14, 1918, in Paden, Okla., the daughter of Joseph Dee and Ora (Oliver) Aldridge.

She married Roy Thomas on Oct. 26, 1936, he passed away in 1972. Nina later married Chester Miller on Aug. 2, 2003.

Nina worked as a clerk in the Hanford mailroom during WWII while Roy worked on the nuclear project. She also worked as a case worker for the welfare department in Texarkana, Ark.

She received her BA and MA in education from Central Washington University in Ellensburg and worked as a teacher in the Richland School District for 25 years at Jason Lee and Tapteal elementary schools. Nina used the Slingerland Method and was passionate about its ability to help dyslexic students overcome their learning challenges. Through the Slingerland Institute, she taught the Slingerland Method to teachers and educators at various universities.

In 1997 Nina was awarded the prestigious Beth and John Slingerland Award as an outstanding teacher.

Her hobbies were activities which brought joy to her family.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, gardening and cooking. Nina also enjoyed preparing exotic recipes she found in magazines. She was very active in the Richland Eastern Star, serving as worthy matron several times. Nina was active in NW Christian Church in Richland and joined the Prosser Central Christian Church when she moved. Most recently, she was attending the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church.

Nina is survived by her husband, Chester Miller of Grandview; children, Laroy (Jane) Thomas of Texarkana, Texas, Patricia Hull of Sunnyside, and Carolyn Sue (John) Lesh of Oak Harbor; step-children, Marilyn Miller, Linda David and Cynthia Miller; five grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; and two sisters, Anna Faye Lovell and Midge Brison, both of Henrietta, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dee and Ora Aldridge; husband, Roy Thomas; brother, Jim Aldridge; sister, Fern Carter; and son-in-law, Ray Hull.

Memorial funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 737 16th Street in Sunnyside.

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Nina's memory may contribute to the Slingerland Institute for Literacy, 12729 Northup Way, Suite 1, Bellevue, WA, 98005 or a charity of their choice.

If you would like to sign Nina's on-line memorial book you may do so at

Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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