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Barbara J. Miller

February 1, 1934 ~ March 21, 2017 (age 83)


Barbara J. Miller, 83, of Shipshewana, died at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, March 21 at her residence. She had been dealing with health issues but her death was unexpected. She was born on February 1, 1934 in Turlock, CA, to Samuel and Iva (Schmidt) Dirks. On March 1, 1959 at North Goshen Mennonite Church she married James L. Miller, he survives. Survivors in addition to her husband are daughter, Cheryl (Gregory) Beachey of New Paris and her family, Harrison, Hannah, & Leah  Beachey; son, Steve (Dan Carey) Miller of Florissant, MO; son, Ed (Mable) Mendoza of Guatemala and his family, AD (Rashel) Mendoza (Lucy and Bo Mendoza) and  Maeven  (Chris) Miller; sister, Goldie (Gordon) Horst of Albany, OR. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Kenneth, James, Donald and Gerald Dirks. She was a member of Shore Mennonite Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Barbara was the first secretary of MMA. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 26 and 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Monday, March 27 at Shore Mennonite Church, 7235 W 100 N Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 28 also at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Carl Horner and Pastor Rachel Nolt. Burial will be in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana. Memorials may be given to Students International.  Online condolences may be sent at

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