Shirley Lee Miller [Photo courtesy of Spanish Valley Mortuary]

Longtime Moab resident, Shirley Lee (Dillard) Miller, passed peacefully in her sleep on July 17. Shirley was born to Jefferson Duckett, Jr., better known as J.D. Dillard, and Maxine Flora (Lowe) Dillard on Oct. 9, 1925, in Delta, Colorado. She had two sisters, Betty Mae (Dillard) Bush. and Martha Belle (Dillard) Leonard, and one brother, Richard Keith Dillard. The family lived in Colorado during her growing years and moved to Moab during her junior year of high school. Shirley was active in the thespian club and starred in many productions.

She met Ralph Miller Jr. in high school. He was the love of her life and lifetime mate. They married on Oct. 21, 1944, and raised three surviving daughters together: Candace Ann (“Red”) Stewart of Las Vegas; Claudia (Terry) Page of Moab; and Karen Charlene (Chad) Frazer of Salt Lake City. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph; her two sisters; two infant daughters, Cherie Lee and Melissa Jo; a son-in-law, Terry Page; and a great-grandchild, Brennan Stewart.

Shirley was well known for her graciousness, kindness and support to all who came into her life. Her home was a welcoming place for the many friends and family who came into the family’s life. She left the world a gentler place and will be greatly missed by many generations.

It was Shirley’s wish to be cremated with no memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Grand County Hospice or the Grand County Food Bank.

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