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Ada C. Miller

January 31, 2011

    Ada C. (Merry) Miller, 88, of Rochester, Indiana, died at home on January 27
    She was born on May 28, 1922, to Earl W. and Helen Grace Minerva (Vera) Merry in Dunkirk, Indiana.
    Ada was married to Burk Boyd Miller on September 27, 1942. Her husband, both parents, and her only sibling, a brother, Earl W. Merry II, preceded her in death.
    She was a graduate of Tudor [Park Tudor] Hall and attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
    She is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Merry E. Miller of Murray, Kentucky; Douglas and Michele Miller Jump of Davenport, Florida; and Larry and Cathleen Miller Sparks of Bloomington, Indiana; grandchildren Helen Jump of Tampa, Florida and Marc Jump with his wife, Christi Santi, and their children, Daniel and Matthew Jump of Dunedin, Florida; her maternal aunt, Charlotte Vera of Decatur; two nieces, Linde Merry of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Laurel Merry Sweeney of Philadelphia, Pennyslvania; and one nephew, Andrew Merry of Gilroy, California.
     Ada was active in the Rochester and Fulton County community in a variety of roles. Her community service was recognized in 1985 with the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Award. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, active in the Tribal Trails Girl Scout Council, and the first president of the Tribal Trails Girl Scout Council.
    A longtime member of Rochester Presbyterian Church, she taught Sunday School, was an elder and a deacon, served on a variety of church committees, and enjoyed participating in the Women's Circle.
    As a member of the Beta Mu chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority, she provided leadership in several capacities including serving as president. She was also active in the associate chapter.
    A supporter of literacy and the local library, Ada was a member of the Rochester Library Board for several years. She was awarded the 1995 Rotary Literacy Tutor of the Year Award.  She also volunteered at the United Ministries Food Pantry and enjoyed assisting with holiday food boxes.
    Ada was an member of the National Association of Realtors and was associated with Gottschalk Realty for several years. After retiring from real estate, she began to travel more to visit new locales and family. Travel destinations included St. John in the Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Crete, France, Germany, China, Portugal, and Hawaii, along with cruises on the Ohio River and the Rhine River.   â€¨     The family wishes to thank the Hope Hospice staff, her caregivers, Wynnfield staff, and her many friends and neighbors for their many kindnesses, thoughtful actions, and prayers.
     Memorials may be made in her honor to Hope Hospice, Fulton County Library, First Presbyterian Church of Rochester, United Ministries, or other charities of their choice.
     A memorial service will be held at a later date, with arrangements by Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home in Rochester.         
    Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

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