Norma Jeanne Wright Miller

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Norma Jeanne Wright Miller, 92, of Bellefontaine and formerly of Barberton, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Campbell Place in Bellefontaine.

She was born in Barberton on March 14, 1925, to the late Charles Foster and Clara Tomb Wright.

On Dec. 17, 1950, she married Jack Baetelle Miller in Barberton and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Wright Jenkins.

Survivors include two daughters, Paula (Paul) Deardurff of Bellefontaine and Gail (Donnie) Rice of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, John (Ashley) Deardurff, Adam (Kimberly) Deardurff, Lydia (Chip) Whipple and Nathan Rice; and six great-grandchildren.

Norma graduated from Barberton High School where she was an avid tennis player and won several city titles. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve) in 1948. For two years she taught in Flora Stone Mather College while on a teaching fellowship, earning her master of science degree in 1950, and becoming a full-time physical education instructor there for the year following her graduation.

After her marriage she taught one year at Barberton Portage Junior High and then was personnel manager at the William Anat Co. Department Store in Wooster. In 1960, she was hired as the first woman guidance counselor at Barberton High School, where she remained until retirement in 1984. She enjoyed her job, and felt blessed to work with so many students.

She was a life-long member of First Baptist Church in Barberton where she taught the Post High Class, an adult class, served as chairman of Christian Education, and also Sunday School superintendent. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed reading mysteries and playing bridge. She loved her home and family.

Calling is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where a funeral service begins at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, in Greenlawn Cemetery in Barberton.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Norma’s memory, to Kindred Hospice, 7887 Washington Village Drive, Suite 350, Dayton, OH 34349-3986 and Gretna Brethren Church, 1564 Township Road 46, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.

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