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Mary Nell Miller

Mary Nell Miller, a resident of Thatcher and a United States Air Force veteran, passed from this life Friday morning, April 10, 2020. Mary was 81. Mary Nell Kathryn O’Henry was born on October 26,1938, in Stonewall, Oklahoma. Mary was the first of eight children born to her parents, Frank O’Henry and Alma Scribner. Mary was a proud member of the Chickasaw Indian Nation. Mary attended elementary school and high school in Stonewall, Oklahoma. After high school, she attended Oklahoma School of Nursing. While in college she worked at the Oklahoma Psychiatric Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. Mary was also active in the Civil Air Patrol. She completed her nursing degree in three years. While in college, Mary met Ronald Fred Miller. After dating for about a year they were married on December 23, 1959, at a Baptist Church in Oklahoma, City. Ron and Mary moved to Texas where Mary worked as a nurse for a Baptist Hospital and Ron joined the Air Force Reserve where he trained to become a pilot. Eventually, Mary and Ron decided to both join the Air Force. Joining as a Lieutenant, by 1968 she was stationed in Vietnam. Her job involved caring for wounded service men as they were transported to hospitals in the United States. She served for 3 years and left with the rank of Captain. After leaving the Air Force, Mary served as a nurse in various locations. Over a period of 43 years, Mary worked for the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Indian Health Services in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Chinle, Arizona and Globe, Arizona. She ended her career at the Mt. Graham Regional Hospital in Safford, Arizona. In 1999, Mary and Ron moved to the Gila Valley. Mary was one of the first students to sign up in quilting classes at EAC. Mary continued quilting classes for over 20 years. Mary retired from Mt. Graham Hospital in 2014. Shortly afterward, her husband Ron died. Mary always cared about people. No matter where she was or what she was doing, she never met a stranger. Graveside services for Mary will be conducted Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in the Bryce Cemetery with military honors being conferred by the Gila Valley Veteran Honor Guard. Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on Vining Funeral Home's Facebook page at 10:00 a.m.

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A candle was lit in memory of Mary Miller

Tabitha Cervantes Nov 27 2021 1:21 AM

I worked with Mary: a very Kind Nurse for everyone of her patiences. No one left the Post-op area in pain. She was kind to share her quilting talents with many new mothers. She was a friend to my husband encouraging everyone continue in their struggles with dialysis. We will miss you.

linda Lopez Apr 19 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Mary: a very Kind Nurse for everyone of her patiences. No one left the Post-op area in pain. She was kind to share her quilting talents with many new mothers. She was a friend to my husband encouraging everyone continue in their struggles with dialysis. We will miss you.

linda Lopez Apr 19 2020 12:00 AM

I have quilted with Mary for several years. She was a good woman and was full of stories about her life, We all will miss her. Ginny

Mary misak Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

I was Mary's caregiver and I got to know the Happy and the not so Happy times of Mary. Even though she might have felt sick Mary was always Happy and Positive. She always encouraged everyone to be positive.She always shared beautiful memories of her childhood and later years that were very inspiring to us. Mary taught me things as a caregiver that only CNA's and Nurses were suppose to know. I will always will cherish and keep the knowledge she has shared with me. I am so glad now she is in a better, more peaceful place. Yet, I will miss her dearly. I know she is here with us. God Bless you Mary.

Amy Reyes Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

I was Mary's caregiver and I got to know the Happy and the not so Happy times of Mary. Even though she might have felt sick Mary was always Happy and Positive. She always encouraged everyone to be positive.She always shared beautiful memories of her childhood and later years that were very inspiring to us. Mary taught me things as a caregiver that only CNA's and Nurses were suppose to know. I will always will cherish and keep the knowledge she has shared with me. I am so glad now she is in a better, more peaceful place. Yet, I will miss her dearly. I know she is here with us. God Bless you Mary.

Amy Reyes Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

I have quilted with Mary for several years. She was a good woman and was full of stories about her life, We all will miss her. Ginny

Mary misak Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Miller

Sara Sathyamoorthy Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Miller

Sara Sathyamoorthy Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

Lots of memories and good times working with Miss Mary in the surgery department at MGRMC. Gonna miss ya, old gal!

Shannon Canter Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM

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