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Obituary for Janet L. Miller

Janet Louise Miller, age 73, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Thursday, January 11, 2024, at home surrounded by family.

Janet was born October 9, 1950, in St. Joseph, Michigan the daughter of Ray Vernon and Betty Marie (Hutchins) Trimble. She was married on September 20, 1975, in Independence, Mo. to Michael Lee Miller, who survives at the home.

She fondly recalls her younger years spent in Michigan, where she developed a profound appreciation for nature, cultivating a deep love for activities such as hiking and canoeing. Janet held a special regard for the winter seasons in Michigan, finding delight in the presence of three-foot icicles and the intricate frost patterns adorning windows against the snowy backdrop.

Janet attained her high school diploma in 1968 from Truman High School in Independence, Mo. During her high school years, she actively participated in volleyball and engaged with the school's music program. She spent one year at Grace Land College in Lamoni, Ia. then continued her education in an X-Ray diploma Program at the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital.

Janet was a registered X-Ray and ultrasound technician for over 20 years and began her career at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. A resident of central Missouri since 1975, Janet contributed her expertise to Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City and later to University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia. In 1993, she retired from her dedicated service at St. Mary’s Hospital, necessitated by the onset of congestive heart failure.

Janet was always considered an "Old Soul" and found joy in life's simple pleasures. She was able to showcase her creative abilities through numerous hobbies and interests. She cultivated beautiful gardens and expressed herself through art and drawing. Janet found solace in the world of literature, dedicating time to reading, and relished the challenge of solving both word and mathematical puzzles. Her love for board games also brought out her competitive spirit, often surprising her opponents; especially, in games of scrabble with her siblings. During her retirement, she delved into the intricacies of crochet, knitting, sewing, and quilting. Her creative pursuits extended beyond personal enjoyment, as she demonstrated selflessness by crafting cherished quilts for all family members, friends and numerous international children’s charities. These thoughtful creations now stand as treasured gifts.

Truly a faith-based woman, Janet’s principles guided her daily actions. She demonstrated unwavering support for her husband's ministry, taking particular joy in contributing to the children’s ministry. As an engaged member of Central Church, she was part of their Quilting Grannies. Leveraging her passion for music, Janet actively participated in the church choir and various music programs. Among her cherished memories before becoming ill, was the privilege of being selected to perform "Handel’s Messiah" with a community choir in Kansas City, a moment highlighted by the opportunity to sing the revered "Hallelujah Chorus."

Family was always the center of her world, and she loved nothing more than to share all her passions about life with them. They will remember her resiliency, profound zeal for life, and the unwavering love and grace she consistently extended to others.

Janet is survived by: her loving husband of 48 years, Michael Miller; three children, Joshua Miller (April) of Omaha, Ne., Cynthia “Lou” Shonka (Dana) of Omaha, Ne. and Katie Merle (Clark) of Jefferson City, Mo.; three siblings, Carolyn Gossman (Steve) of Channahon, Il., Diana Stonger of Midland, Mi., and Steven Trimble (Rosie) of Independence, Mo.; five grandchildren, Duke Thurmon, A.J. Miller, Jaidyn Miller, Calvin Merle, and Corbin Merle; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ray Vernon Trimble and Betty Marie Leutzinger.

Visitation will be held at Central Church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Central Church with the Reverend Dr. Jason Abbott officiating. Please note this services are almost three weeks from her date of passing.

A webcast of Janet’s service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday for friends that are not able to attend by going to her memorial page through the funeral home website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Central Church, 118 W. Ashley St., Jefferson City, Mo 65101.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101.