S: The Family of Barbara Miller January 2011
BC: This book was written and compiled by the children and grandchildren of Barbara Miller. Our purpose is to honor her on her 84th birthday -- January 25, 2011!
FC: Barbara Miller: A Wonderful Life
1: Dear Barbara, Happy 84th birthday! We want to give you a special gift: photos of all of us, who love you very much! Hopefully, you will see how many of us love you so much! Your Family
2: You have had two great loves which have provided you with five wonderful children. Emery Ray Hardman, also known as Curly, was your first husband and you had two daughters together.
3: Harold Ray Miller was your second husband. With your loving marriage of 42 years, you inherited three supportive sons who added much joy to your life.
4: Pamala, Harold, Donna & Wayne. They all love you very much and love seeing you as often as they can. | This is you with four of your children.
5: For your 25th wedding anniversary, all your children got together to celebrate. The first picture is of you, Donna, Mark, Harold, Pam, Wayne and Harold. The second one includes spouses and one grandson, Shawn.
7: You gave birth to your first daughter, Pamala Jane, on April 16th, 1947. She was born in Texas City, Texas during an explosion in the Monsanto harbor. You had to take shelter from debris but neither of you were harmed. You were even on television to talk about the explosion. Pam has been a steady source of support and love to you. | "Mother, many times you showed me unconditional love when I needed it most and I love you for teaching me about devotion and patience."
8: Pam and Jim Wilson live in Dallas, TX | Jim's birthday is June 11
9: Pam was incredibly blessed and found a wonderful, loving husband, Jim Wilson. They have been married for 22 years and are both retired. Pam spends her time working for their church, painting, visiting you, and seeing her grandchildren as often as possible. Jim does much of the same but instead of painting, he works on improving his golf game.
10: Pam and Jim have three daughters, Jamie, Jenn and Blake. They are all busy raising their own children but love you and think of you often.
11: Jamie, Jenn and Blake have given you six great-grandchildren.
12: Jamie Anne was born May 18, 1971 and lives with her husband Wes Grimes in Garland, Texas. They have been married for 13 years and have two wonderful children, Sarah and Austin. They enjoy going out on their boat as a family. | Wes' birthday is May 2.
14: Austin is a thoughtful and loving thirteen year old. He enjoys music and plays the tuba in his middle school band. He is learning how to play the guitar. He likes Star Wars and computers. | Austin's birthday is January 5th.
15: Sarah is 11. She enjoys arts and crafts. She makes things with Duck Tape. She loves the color pink. She is a very sweet and loving young lady! | Sarah's birthday is July 15th.
16: Jenn was born April 11, 1975 and was your first granddaughter. She lives with her husband Brian and their two girls, Elle (5) and Kira (3), and their nephew, Seth (15) in Livermore, California. They have a lot of fun and go on lots of adventures. They always enjoy their trips to visit you. | Brian's birthday is July 16th.
18: Elle Rose was born April 2, 2005. She is a loving sister, devoted friend and sensitive soul. She loves swimming, dancing, soccer, drawing and being with her friends. She is very kind, adventurous, and energetic.
19: Kira Jane was born July 18, 2007 and is a funny, snuggly, focused sweetheart. She loves dancing, swimming, gymnastics, going to school and having play dates. She is brave, entertaining and a true joy.
20: Travis' birthday is June 29th.
21: Blake was born January 22, 1977. She & Travis have been married for 11 years and recently moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota with their two children, Caleb (5) and Vivian (3).
22: Caleb Alexander was born June 7, 2005. He is a sweet boy who enjoys soccer, swimming, drawing pictures, designing creations and making books.
23: Vivian Elise was born December 3, 2007. She is a fun and energetic three year old who loves dancing, princesses and the color pink. She just started swimming lessons.
24: Your second daughter, Donna Kay, was born on October 23, 1950 in Texas City, TX. She is a talented writer and won numerous awards before she retired in 2010. Donna was driven to see the world which gave her the opportunity to live in several places in the US, in Japan, and in Germany.
25: "While I didn't get to see my mother regularly, I took with me her strong work ethic, faith in God, and personal strength and independence."
26: They live in their dream home in Powhatan, Virginia. It sits on 3 wooded acres in the country where they enjoy the beauty of the woods and feeding the birds and deer. They both retired - JD from the Air Force and Donna after 37 years with the Department of Defense. | Donna and JD have been married for 21 years. | JD's birthday is December 26th.
27: Donna spends most of her time with her family, volunteer work through the church, learning to play the piano, cooking, and quilting.
29: Donna and JD have two children, Kari and Shane. Kari lives very close to Donna and Shane lives near his father in Iowa.
30: Donna's son, Shane, was born October 30, 1972 as your second grandson. Shane enjoys watching movies and playing games of any kind. He is a Disney fanatic! He remembers spending a summer redoing the webbing in your chairs and walking around Briarcliff and going to the hot tub.
32: Donna's daughter, Kari, was born on May 1, 1975 and she is your second granddaughter. She married Shaun Sims on August 20, 2004 and they have one son, Cameron, but are expecting anther son very soon. They live in Moseley, Virginia. They love being outdoors and playing with Cameron
33: Shaun's birthday is November 16.
34: Cameron was born August 4, 2007 and loves to swim, play with his trucks, play ball with his daddy, ride his golf cart and just being a boy
37: Lee Wayne Miller was born June 5, 1946. He married Connie Lou Moss on April 19, 1969 and they now live in Apple Valley, California. He came into your life after you met his father, Harold, at a VFW Convention. You danced with Harold and the rest is history. Wayne has been retired since June 2008 after working on airplanes for over 40 years. He now stays active in police work. He is a volunteer for the Sheriff Dept and also for the California Highway Patrol.
39: Wayne and Connie have two children, Brian Lee and Amy Renee. They are lucky to have them living so close together in Apple Valley, California.
40: Brian Lee Miller was born March 11, 1972 and is your first grandson. He and his wife, Kimberly have been married 13 years. They live in Apple Valley, CA with their two children. | Kimberly's birthday is August 5th.
43: Payton was born April 26, 1998. He enjoys karate class and video games. He is a passionate debater, expresses his opinions and knows what he wants in life. | Hannah was born February 4, 2001 and enjoys gymnastics and singing. She is outgoing, has a general love for people and always has a smile on her face.
44: Amy and her husband Travis live in Apple Valley, California with their two children. | Travis' birthday is February 5th.
45: Amy Renee was born January 15, 1977. She married Travis on August 17, 1997. They have been married for 13 years and are loving every minute of it. They enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family. They have two children, Hope Renee and Gage Evan. Travis and Amy keep busy with all the kids activities. "Grandma we love and miss you!"
46: Hope Renee was born February 15, 1998 and enjoys school and loves playing club soccer. Her favorite subject is math. She can't wait until she is 16 and starts driving.
47: Gage Evan was born February 20, 2002. He loves to play basketball, soccer, and football. He likes to go snow-boarding for his birthday and is very sociable in school
48: Harold Ray Miller Jr. was born August 12, 1948. He met Celene Louise Denton 8 years ago and on November 22, 2002 they were married. They live in Houston, Texas. Harold and Wayne came into your life when you married their father Harold Ray Miller. The family affectionately nicknamed him "JR" when he was growing up. | Celene's birthday is February 29th
49: Harold Jr. has been retired from the corporate world since 1998 and now owns and operates Courtyard Salons in Houston and in Austin. Celene currently works for a large oil company, ConocoPhillips. Celene had 2 boys from a previous marriage and Harold Jr. took them into his heart with open arms. Harold and Celene love to travel and spend time with family. Celene does art projects and interior design projects on the side.
50: Celene and Harold have two sons, Austin Adam Kanuch, born February 9, 1984 and Corbin Louis Kanuch, born November 14, 1987. Both boys live in the Houston area and have recently graduated from College. We are excited to see them begin their careers.
51: Corbin has been dating Sydney Milburn for 4 years. Corbin enjoys basketball and Sydney coaches girls volleyball.
52: Austin married Amy Kristin Fendley and gave us a special granddaughter, Abigail. We call her "Abby" for short. Abby is 2 years old and her smile lights up the room. She loves to sing and is very smart. | Abby's birthday is November 3rd
55: Family. It has always come first for you. You have loved your siblings, your children, your grandchildren and your great grandchildren. You have made friends that you truly made family. You have always loved the babies and luckily, there have been plenty.
56: Whenever we had something going on, you were always there. Throughout our lives, you showed us how much you loved us. And this book is about telling you now that you made a difference in the people we have become because of your love.