Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Donna Dorothy Miller (2/17/16-8/25/10)

Donna Dorothy Miller was my mother-in-law. She passed away in our hospital the day after we brought her back to Quincy.

Donna had fallen while we were on vacation in Washington. She went to the hospital and they had her on morphine, etc., and didn't have her up and moving around for four days.  When you're 94, four days is too long to lie in bed without moving much. This caused her to be unable to walk with her walker; so she went into our local convalescent home. After rehab, and because her condition had deteriorated so much, we knew she wouldn't be able to come back home with us.  Thus ensued our search for an assisted living residence for her.  Unfortunately, she had a severe stroke thirteen days after moving into Eagle Lake Village (its supposed to be assisted living, but it was more like a four-star hotel! Both the residents and the staff were incredibly nice--we're having them save us a room.)

Here are photos of Donna and Ed, her husband. She met him on a train right before WWII. How romantic is that? They were married and then Dennis came along eight years later.

Donna and Ed settled in Walnut Creek and bought their home for something like $12,000...can you imagine?? They lived there until Ed passed in 1998, then Donna moved to Quincy. She lived on her own, still driving, until she broke her hip at 92.  While we were both working, she would watch our dogs. Every day they got hot dogs, and chicken, and crackers; Donna made sure to have Chloe's favorite shows on TV during the day, too.

She had a lovely, long life, doing what she liked.  We'll still miss her...


  1. I'm so sorry for you loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  2. What a lovely tribute to your MIL. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dennis and the family.
    Linda C.

  3. With sympathy and prayers to your family. What wonderful memories you have-it speaks volumes of what constitutes a good life.

  4. Thinking of you.....

    Best Wishes
    Kay in Scotland

  5. What a beautiful woman Donna was. Continued prayers for Dennis, the girls and you. Love you all.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss....prayers for you and the family...


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