Marcia Miller

  • Born: October 6, 1952
  • Died: October 21, 2013
  • Location: Good Hope, Illinois

Lincoln Land Cremation Society

917 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 523-4646

Tribute & Message From The Family

Marcia Miller, 61, of Good Hope, IL, died at 12:30 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013 at her residence.

Marcia was born on October 6, 1952 in Canton, IL, the daughter of Francis L. and Jacquelyn C. Campbell Clary. She married John J. Miller on June 16, 1984 in Mackinaw, IL.

Marcia was a graduate of Washington High School in Washington, IL and earned her Bachelor's degree in Library Science at Western IL University. She was employed by Macomb Community Unit School District 185 for approximately 20 years as a librarian, an individual aide in a special education classroom, and a teacher's aide in a preschool classroom. In her spare time during the summer, she worked part-time for the Park District, teaching classes in photography, pioneering, and outdoor education. She was a life-long Girl Scout and was continuously active with them. Marcia was the current chaplain and historian, as well as a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Macomb. She enjoyed photography, genealogy, camping and arts and crafts, especially pottery and ceramics. She was an enthusiastic nature lover, bird watcher, and avid star gazer.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Clary.

She is survived by her husband, John Miller of Good Hope, IL; daughter, Erin Michelle (husband, Nathan) Friedly of Pleasant Hill, OH; son, Michael B. Miller of Pleasant Hill, OH; mother, Jacquelyn C. Campbell of Washington, IL; siblings, Dawn (husband, Gordy) Anderson of Charlotte, NC and Max (wife, Angie) Clary of Brownsburg, IN; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

The family will host a Memorial Gathering from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Macomb High School Library, 1525 S. Johnson St., Macomb, IL 61455.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #6, 221 E. Washington St., Macomb, IL 61455 or the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program, 525 E. Grant St., Macomb, IL 61455.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Dear Miller Family:
Marcia's presence will be sadly missed. She was always such an inspiration to me as a loving mother who cherished time with her own family.

I also know she cared for others and championed their strong suits. She was a true encourager.

May you hold on to the wonderful memories you shared with her in the days to come and find comfort from the scriptures and in the hope of Christ's return.

God bless you,
Sandy Furst

Posted by Sandy Furst - Bloomington, IL - friends   November 04, 2013

We had so much fun growing up. Slumber parties, band trips, pool. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Darlene Mcavoy - washington, IL - good friend   October 31, 2013


Marcia made me laugh through 13 years of school (K-12). Reading the memory list made me think of school and band and the times with Marcia. I even remember her giving me a clay basset that I admired. Will miss the laughter.

Posted by Christine J Queen - East Peoria, IL - Friend (Kindergarten – High Sc   October 30, 2013

I am so shocked and sorry to learn of Marcia's death. I was fortunate to sit with her and her husband John at our high school reunion a few years ago, and since then Marcia and I were in touch through Facebook.

A fond memory I have occurred after a home football game in Washington. Marcia and I and a couple of other marching members all piled into Marcia's Volkswagen bug and went out into the country to try smoking cigars. None of us were smokers, but we laughed until we cried as we filled up the little car with cigar smoke. . .who knows why, just being silly teenagers! As people have described, Marcia was always smiling and had an infectious laugh.

My thoughts are with Marcia and her family.

Posted by Christine Hagerty Reisinger - Denver, CO - high school friend   October 30, 2013

Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts are prayers.

Posted by Lucas Creasy - Canton, IL   October 29, 2013

I was very sad to hear about the loss of Marcia, a dear sister in Christ. Thank God we have the hope of Christ's return, where we will be together forever with each other and the Lord.

Posted by sandy furst - bloomington, IL - friend   October 25, 2013

I am so sorry for your lost. I will remember Marsha's great spirit and love for life.

Posted by Nancy Caldwell    October 25, 2013

Marcia will be greatly missed at our school. She always took an extra interest in my students and would suggest books for them to read. If our school library did not have the book, she would find and order it from another school. She went above and beyond to sevice kids!! My sincere condolences to her family. She was a wonderful, caring person!!

Marybeth Speer
Special Education Teacher
Macomb Jr. High

Posted by Marybeth Speer - Macomb, IL - Friend from Macomb Jr. High   October 24, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Marcia was a wonderful person. We'll miss her a lot.

Posted by Rooney Dively - Macomb, IL - Teacher/Colleague   October 24, 2013

God be with you and the family.

Posted by Martha Clyde - Macomb, IL - co-worker   October 24, 2013


she was a great teacher and an amazing friend she will be missed by all that knew her as a former student of Macomb high she was one of the favorites there by both staff and student I am saddend greatly to hear of her death and wish her family and friends my condolences you all are in my prayers

Posted by Andrew Cousins - Macomb, IL - friend   October 24, 2013


I always smile when I think of Marcia. I always have and always will. She was so important to me growing up. The time I got to spend with her in Girl Scouts means so much to me. She was such an awesome leader and we had so much fun! She always brought so much energy and enthusiasm to what we were doing. She was a special friend to me and my family and I am so glad to have known her.

Posted by Lori (Wilson) Haller    October 24, 2013

Marcia's laugh was contagious and she was a kind hearted woman with the love of God flowing out from her. She brought light and refreshment where ever she went. Her legacy lives on in her children, who exude many her qualities. I will miss you, Marcia!

Posted by Carol Chandler - VA - friend & sister in Christ   October 24, 2013

Marcia was one of the best neighbors ever. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Joan Orr (Livingston-Webber) - Carlisle, IN - friend and neighbor   October 24, 2013

So thankful our kids were able to spend time with Marcia and be taught the fruit of the spirit by her at Family Camp. She inspired our family in the best way - with the love of God, and she manifested love, joy, peace, goodness and gentleness to all.

Posted by Kimberly Sixkiller - Kansas City, MO - Friend   October 24, 2013

My sister Marcia loved God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. She consistently encouraged others and seemed to find the bright side of any situation. Her tender heart of giving will always be remembered by myself and the rest of my family. We look forward to the return of Christ when we will all be together, and death will be defeated once and for all.

Posted by Dawn Anderson - Charlotte, NC - sister   October 23, 2013

Marcia always made me laugh! We would giggle about the silliest things. So thankful to have one of her handmade ceramic vases in my office! She was not only God's best she was everyone's best!

Posted by Nancy Banios - Troy, OH - friend/sister   October 23, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. I have very fond memories of when Marcia worked at the Macomb Public Library. She was a great librarian and I have heard high school kids saying how much she will be missed! Sincerely, Margaret Sowers

Posted by Margaret Sowers - Macomb, IL - friend   October 23, 2013

I went to a Family Camp last year and had the privilege of being taught by Marcia on how to craft with clay. Not that I had never done it before, but she made me feel like mine was a MASTERPIECE! No kidding! She doted over my work like it was a Michael Angelo....which, by the way, made me very proud of what I was doing. She was always smiling, always joking, and to watch her and Erin together was such a joy to my heart.

I will miss you Marcia, but I sure do look forward to spending eternity with you! It has to be nothing but good with you there! See ya!

Much love and GREAT HOPE!

Amy Battles

Posted by Amy J Battles - Fort Worth, TX - Friend and sister in Christ   October 23, 2013